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A Reformation Thought Before the Elections (2016)

We are about to complete 499 years since the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. Many Christian churches, particularly Lutherans, are already gearing up for the 500th anniversary celebration in 2017. Thinking about the many religious concerns that gave rise to the Reformation, I recently found my thoughts focusing on one of Martin Luther’s…

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Afraid of the light.

It was Plato (BC 427-BC 347) who said that “we can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when people are afraid of the light.”  There have been numerous periods throughout human history when people in public and powerful positions have used fear to inflict their…

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God and our Planet

Let me set the context first. As far as historians, archeologists, and anthropologists can determine, all societies, past and present, have some form of a belief in a superior or supreme being or beings. Having said that, there are also people in many of the cultures who do not share such a belief. Nonetheless, as…

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A Difficult Question and a Pensive Response

I was sharing dinner with friends last night when one of them asked for my thoughts about the kind of planet we were passing on to our children and grandchildren. The question was asked within the context of a presidential election primary season in which one federal senator had just described his political party and…

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Why Is It So Scary?

Here we are in the midst of another insufferably long election season. Mostly, we are focused on the presidential race, a challenge to reality at a minimum. Thus far, we have heard the candidates called “idiots, ”freaks,” “clowns,” “messes,” and, worst of all in the eyes of some, a “democratic socialist!” What is so scary…

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A NEW PRODUCT AND A NEW WORD!

It was Martin Luther King who said that “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” I begin with this quote because The Purple Tree (www.ThePurpleTree.org) is partnered with Plantables (www.Plantables.net) to help manufacture the new Sprout Worthy (www.SproutWorthy.com) window boxes. In our numerous…