Posts By: Sam White

Why “Millenials” Are Leaving the Church

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Recently, my attention was drawn, via Facebook, to two different blogs by two separate bloggers (can’t remember if I were sent them by the same person) dealing with the same problem: why the church is losing millennials.  In both cases, they were appended with notes that read something like, “Well-written article.” And they were.  They… Read more »

Preachers In the News

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Ministers—professional preachers, anyway—have been in the news recently, both nationally and locally.  And it hasn’t been good. That, in itself, is a shame, on many levels. A few years ago I was sitting with a man whose father was on hospice.  I had arrived at the hospital as a hospice volunteer to sit with a… Read more »

A Murder, Eternal Assurance and Something About Cold Hands

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The police ruled it a murder-suicide.  Not like a “usual” one, though, where an agitated party murders a loved one, then turns the gun on themselves.  Often sparked by an assumption of infidelity. No, the perpetrator in this case felt aggrieved over something (does it really matter what?), so he went out and found a complete stranger… Read more »

The Appeal of Legalism

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Legalism is one of those things we dislike in other people but generally like if we get to set the parameters.  And what’s really wrong with it? we wonder.  (When it’s our legalism, anyway.  We know what’s wrong with everyone else’s legalism.)  It just means that some things are right and others are wrong, right?… Read more »

Nobility, a Thought

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A particular TV show has been recommended to me quite often of late, several of the recommendations coming from Christians I respect.  I don’t have cable, satellite or Netflix, though, so my only way to watch would be through the purchase of DVDs.  Before plunking down that kind of money, I thought I ought to… Read more »

“Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled”

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There I was, reading my Bible in a mostly daily fashion when I hit this like a tree thrown in front of a stagecoach in an old western: “Jesus said, ‘Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me.’”  (John 14:1) Why did that verse catch me so?  I know I’ve… Read more »

Sick of Nostalgia

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As my laptop cratered earlier this evening, I thought about getting mad, but then I thought: why bother?  It’s what computers do.  They wear out on us. Some people, whose intelligence I will try my best not to disparage, say at a time like this, “Oh, for a good old typewriter!  Am I right?”  And… Read more »

Hole-y Cow!

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In one of the more alarming news stories you probably missed from the great state of Indiana (official motto: “We have a motto!”), holes are forming and disappearing at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Now, officials are quick to tell us these are not like the sinkholes we’ve been seeing on the news that have swallowed… Read more »