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Christmas offers lessons for church

By Robert Wilkerson “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:16). Now that Christmas is over and all the hustle and bustle that goes with it, we need to think about the lessons that Christmas teaches. The first lesson teaches us about God and his love. A father took his young son to the top of a mountain one day, and they tal ...

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Birmingham: Killing a landmark to save a landmark

By Scott Buttram As 2013 closes, so will one of Birmingham's most enduring landmarks. Today, Lyric Hot Dogs and Grill will serve its last dog and the last Greek hot dog stand still owned by the family that opened it will close for good. There will be only one remaining Greek-owned hot dog stand in a downtown that was once littered with them. [caption id="attachment_11011" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dine ...

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Funding state government efficiently, effectively

By Slade Blackwell Government efficiency has been and continues to be a priority for many of my legislative colleagues and me. In 2011, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley set out to save the state $1 billion and called it “The Road to $1 Billion in Savings.” Last week, the governor announced that the state exceeded the $1 billion mark, a year ahead of schedule. These savings come from consolidating and streamlinin ...

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Thank God for Duck Dynasty’s Robertsons

Commentary By Scott Buttram I recall the first time I stumbled across an episode of "Duck Dynasty" and the first thought that crossed my mind: Here we go again. From the reality television genre that brought us "Honey Boo Boo," another embarrassment from the South. These ZZ Top wannabes would really be the icing on the cake of Southern humiliation. But like anyone else who comes across a train wreck, I paus ...

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Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace

By Robert Wilkerson The prophet Isaiah foretold the birth of God’s son Jesus Christ many centuries before he was born in the little town of Bethlehem. Isaiah said of Jesus that he would be called “Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father,” and lastly, but certainly not least, “the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). All civilized people long for peace in the world. We long for an end to the ho ...

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11 things wanted for Christmas and the New Year

By Dave Parrish When I say I don't want anything for Christmas, that's really not true. It's just that what I want, you can't buy. And really, it's much more fun to give anyway. It’s one of the many blessings of getting older. With that said, there are real estate topics related to gifts that I could discuss here, really helpful information for homebuyers, especially those first-time homebuyers that are so ...

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Are you responsible for your spouse’s debt?

By Chesley Payne A question that I often hear from clients is whether a person is liable for the debts of their spouse. This issue often comes up during a divorce or situation in which a debt collector is contacting both spouses for repayment of a bill. The first question to ask is if the debt is a question a joint debt of both spouses. Did both husband and wife sign the agreement? A common situation is a n ...

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Keeping football, religion in proper perspective

By Robert Wilkerson Football has become the religion of the South. It has thousands of followers who eat, sleep and breathe it. They make pilgrimages to their shrines in Bryant-Denny, Jordan-Hare and Tiger Stadiums. They love their high priests, Saban, Malzahn and Miles. Once their services (the games) start, they yell, scream, shout, wave their hands, and some even dance. Their emotions range from sadness ...

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Optometrists and Ophthalmologists: What’s the difference?

By Zack Steele I am often asked the difference between the specialties of eye care. What is an optometrist? What is an ophthalmologist? What is the difference? I even get asked occasionally if a patient can see an optician for an eye exam (Carol and Tessa, my opticians, might get a good laugh from that one). Through the years, optometry and ophthalmology have evolved into a symbiotic relationship in which t ...

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Giving thanks for American Dream, housing recovery

By Dave Parrish Of all holidays, Thanksgiving is perhaps the most American holiday. There can be no doubt that despite all of our challenges, we have much to be thankful for. Yes, even in these days where unemployment remains at a higher level than is healthy of our economy and is the cause of pain for so many of our neighbors, and in these days in which so many of our brothers and sisters are in faraway la ...

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