Arms Around Their Shoulders

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Retirement affords my wife and me the opportunity to visit the congregations of ministers who grew up in Ebenezer and now serve elsewhere. I am so proud of the progress God is making through them and their congregations.
We visited a church led by one recently, where encouraging signs of sensitivity to the world of God [...]

Fasting Insights

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We have crossed the midway point of the 30 day fast of Ramadan. I’m reminded of the two swimmers who challenged each other to an endurance race across a huge lake. Well past the halfway point, one said to the other, “I’m tired, you win, I’m going back.” The other laughed and said, “It’s too [...]

In Touch too Much

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Not all of us, but many, are busy. We live according to calendars that are overflowing with commitments.
Thanks to technologies like email, Facebook, texting, tweeting, and voicemail, we also lead lives that are constantly in contact.  I actually like being in touch in these various ways, but I do get frustrated when trying to figure [...]

Little Rose Sugarman

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Last November I wrote about our 6-year-old cousin Rose who had recently been diagnosed with a tumor on the stem of her brain.  Little Rose Sugarman died a peaceful death last week.  She would have turned 7 next month.
Last week our colleague and fellow blogger Reverend Dr. Joe Roberts wrote about how there are times [...]

It Sure Doesn’t Seem Like it Sometimes

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The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who dwell therein. For He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. – Psalms 24:1-2
The 24th hymn of David captures the sovereignty of God over all creation. Some people believe God often brings order and stability out of [...]

A Time to Fast

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The month of  Ramadan begins next week for the 1.5 billion Muslims throughout the world. One-fifth of the planet’s population will recalibrate and re-focus their lives for 29-30 days of fasting from food and drink, and hopefully from obscenities, abuses, extremes, hates, aggressions, wrongs, and indecencies. We fast from the food and drink from dawn [...]

The Faith Factor

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The long anticipated opening of the Center for Civil and Human Rights is scheduled to take place in less than two weeks.  I can’t wait to experience it for myself.  From its exterior, in its perfect setting downtown, it looks grand and inspiring in its architecture.  I can’t wait to get inside.
I want to remember [...]

“Help! Help! I’ve Fallen”

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Remember the old TV commercial that used the phrase, “Help! Help! I’ve fallen!” to advertise a device to help seniors notify someone if they were in trouble?  Well, I didn’t have the device, but I did have the fall a couple of weeks ago while walking down stairs in our home and talking on a [...]

Memory and Hope

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Earlier this month, I spent a week in Munich, Germany with 40 faith leaders of seven different religions, who serve on the Board of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, an international interfaith organization whose tagline is ‘Sharing Wisdom, Fostering Peace’. This gathering convenes every other year, in various regions of the world, to discuss and originate [...]

Red Boots

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Recently, I learned of the impending closing of two shelters/transition centers: Jefferson Place which serves men and Springdale Place which offers support and housing for women and children. Both have been run by Fulton County, and the County has decided it cannot fund them any longer. I am concerned about the people who depend on [...]

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