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The Cross

“Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way.” That song and chocolate bunnies are my most prevalent childhood memories of Easter. Another strong memory is from my late teens, waking up with a pile of friends and a Southern Comfort hangover on Easter Sunday. One of my friends was leaving for church, and gave a quick explanation. “Wait, somebody died?” is what I remember thinking. Later, after marriage and involvement in church attendance I learned the theory of Penal Substitutionary Atonement. (PSA- leaning more towards punishment.) Having an underlying theory of atonement, as I...

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Baby Steps

There is a gospel singer I listened to when I was young, who expressed his life motto, oh way back in the 1990’s. I believe he got it from his Pentacostal preacher father. He said, “Do the next right thing.”  Apparently the saying has been a widely used phrase for a very long time. Martin Luther King Jr., Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, who knows who originated the words? The Stoics probably mentioned it 2,000 years ago. (http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2016/09/ancient-wisdom/) It seems wise on its face. You know, better than, “Do the next dirty, rotten, scandalous thing you can think of.” I have a...