Rustlings (October 25, 2021)

Rustlings (October 25, 2021)

It is not uncommon to hear some ministers demean the celebration of Halloween. The typical critique involves claiming the holiday has pagan or Satanic origins. So that you can feel more comfortable sending your goblins out to collect gobs of candy, allow me to share...
Rustlings (October 18, 2021)

Rustlings (October 18, 2021)

I never knew a childhood friend who could resist the hypnotic power of a good poem, especially if it was also colorfully illustrated—but I do remember hearing the older kids say that poetry was for sissies. It was years before it began to dawn on me that much of the...
Rustlings (October 10, 2021)

Rustlings (October 10, 2021)

It seems to be a phrase I have been speaking a lot lately. Being a person of faith does not make us immune to the worst life has to offer. While some proclaim faith provides a protective barrier to the pain of this world, the biblical record says differently....
Rustlings (October 4, 2021)

Rustlings (October 4, 2021)

Two weeks ago, our congregation collected cans of fruit for my birthday. Okay…that’s not completely true. The fruit was actually collected to stock the food pantry of United Ministries. These cans of fruit will now find their way into grocery bags—filled with other...
Rustlings (September 27, 2021)

Rustlings (September 27, 2021)

On a recent walk down Greenville’s Main Street, I found myself in step with a lady walking her dog. Having seen her and her dog before, I introduced myself, and she reciprocated with her name. Our conversation trended toward the usual topics: the weather, the vibrant...
Rustlings (September 20, 2021)

Rustlings (September 20, 2021)

BY JIM DANT You and others have begun to ask the question, “What do you want for your 60th birthday this year? (The vocal emphasis always seems to be on ‘60th.’) I’m at that stage in life where I have all I need and most of what I want, so I really don’t ask for much....

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