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In 1965, Burt Bacharach penned a song, set to a lilting waltz tempo, that would become emblematic of the longings of the decade: “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Originally sung by Jackie DeShannon, the song’s introduction in the turbulent 1960s was no accident. Bacharach wrote in his autobiography that he had the tune…
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I have a confession to make: I like Southern Gospel music. Well, at least some of it. My grandfather had a booming bass voice, and before my mother and her brothers came along, he often sang with various Southern Gospel quartets around middle and south Georgia. As I helped him feed hay to his cows…
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A couple of years after finishing seminary, I returned to the hallowed halls of the McAfee School of Theology. I ran into Dr. Larry McSwain, from whom I took a class in church leadership and who had become a good friend. With the characteristic twinkle in his eye, he asked me, “Well, how are things…
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Much to my doctor’s chagrin, I enjoy hash browns from the Waffle House.  I don’t eat there as often I’d like because of said doctor, but when I do, I order my hash browns “scattered, smothered, and covered.” Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed most of our partner congregations are scattered, smothered, and covered,…
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Do you remember where you were when President John F. Kennedy was shot? Do you remember where you were when the Berlin Wall was torn down? Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? As our world, our country, our state, our communities, and our congregations deal with the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, I find…
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