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Kids talk about God: Why didn’t Jesus trust people?

By Carey Kinsolving and friends “Because Jesus knew some people were mean,” says Torie, 7. If you’ve ever watched any old western movies, you know that some people enjoy being mean. They wouldn’t have it any other way. Early in his ministry, Jesus performed miracles in Jerusalem. The Bible says, “Many believed in his name when they saw the signs which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself to them, becaus ...

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Kids talk about God: What can we learn from Jesus turning water into wine?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends “We can learn that you shouldn’t rush Jesus, but put your faith in him,” says Taylor, 11. Also, we can learn that sometimes a good deed goes unnoticed, and that’s OK.” In the ancient Middle East, wedding celebrations could last for days. To run out of wine would be an embarrassment that might last a lifetime for a bride and groom. The miracle at the wedding feast was the firs ...

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Southern Baptists ready to put spotlight on sex-abuse crisis

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Entangled in a multifaceted sex-abuse crisis, the Southern Baptist Convention is preparing to host a high-profile conference on the topic that has kindled skepticism even among some of the scheduled speakers. The three-day Caring Well conference opens Thursday at a resort hotel near Dallas, drawing hundreds of pastors and church officials from the largest Protestant denomin ...

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Reflections: Christians AWOL

By Michael J. Brooks It was a disturbing call I received several years ago. His mother phoned to say Gary was in jail. Gary had grown up in our church and joined the U.S. Army. On a weekend leave, he decided he wasn’t going back. So the Army and the rental car agency pressed charges and he was in jail. Of course I went to see him and offered what comfort and counsel I could. Gary is the only person I’ve kno ...

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Pastor in Clay publishes book on parenting, “Diapers to Dorms”

By Crystal McGough, copy editor CLAY -- When Clay pastor Randy Pardue and his wife, Tammy, received a late-in-life gift, their fourth child, born when their other children were mostly already grown, it gave them experience and insight that would later lead to a book. With literally one child in diapers and one in dorms, the Pardues had to rethink their parenting strategies to raise a new child who would be ...

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Reflections: Turning back the hands of a clock

By Michael J. Brooks I remember two horrific tragedies in my college days and learned more about them lately. Ted Bundy was a suspect in more than 30 murders of young women, and later confessed to most of them before the state of Florida put him to death. Criminologist Ann Rule wrote of her friendship with Bundy in “The Stranger Beside Me” before she believed he was the killer. She and many others could nev ...

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FAITH: Why did John the Baptist call Jesus the Lamb of God?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God because Jesus is too holy and wonderful for him to even untie his shoes,” says Mitchell, 8. Before John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus as the Lamb of God, he talked about his sandals. By saying he was not worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals, John put himself in the position of the lowest slave. Anything to do with feet was usually reser ...

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