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My Cousin, Woody Woodpecker

by Rev. Dr. Rick Jordan My mother was a Lantz. Her mother liked to paint landscapes. Her uncle, George, was the staff editorial cartoonist for the Tampa (FL) Tribune newspaper. Then, there was the celebrity artist in our family, Walter Lantz. Walter Lantz was the creator of several popular cartoons, the most well-known was the …

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Going to School

by Dr. S. Paul Raybon In my recent E-ncourager article When People Choose Poorly, under the heading “Refuse to be Complicit,” I laid out a number of things we need to learn. Learn not to be an enabler. Learn not to engage in pointless arguments. Learn not to be tolerant of intolerable behavior and language. …

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When People Choose Poorly

By Dr. Paul Raybon Sooner or later we all grieve the loss of someone because of what we regard as their poor choices. If you live enough years and love enough people, you will endure this pain many times, and it never gets easier. There is a level of anger, resentment, and sometimes guilt, peculiar …

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Can We Go Now?

In one of my former lives as a children’s minister, I had the “joy” of corralling young urchins while we waited for their parents to pick them up. Their patience was about as good as a gnat. But to keep them safe from strangers, an adult had to be there until one or both parents …

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Looking Back to Look Forward

by Rev. Dr. Bill Greenwood If I were starting my ministry over again, these insights percolate to the surface. Perhaps they could serve as questions that I ask myself even now – ten years into retirement from the active pastorate. Could I have focused more intentionally on the task both of being a radically committed …

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More to the Letter

In my last newsletter article, I shared a letter I’d written to four persons who were leaving my class to begin a new class. Although the letter was written not that long go (2018), much has happened since then, obviously. Here are some additional things I would say to a new Bible study leader today: …

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My Letter to New Bible Teachers

By Dr. Rick Jordan   Dear Leslie, Sarah, Paul, and Will, I’m sure there is concern among some Bible study leaders when some of their “brightest and best” are recruited away to become leaders for another class. I want to, first of all, confess that I am one of those Bible study leaders. I can …

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