4-Corners Blog

Andrew: Letters from Prison (2)

Andrew had started to put his life together in Portsmouth. His first job was for a property manager who hired him out on a day laborer. He started to attend our church, sing in the little choir and make healthy friendships. We would meet for coffee before work and...

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Andrew: Letters from Prison

I met Andrew on the streets of Portsmouth. He set up shop outside the Starbucks on Market Square, selling walking sticks he crafted from fallen tree limbs. Homeless since being released from prison, he was surprisingly open and upbeat about his future. “I’m trying to...

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Good Friday is Called "Good" for a Reason

Before I ever cared about Good Friday, I valued it. We got out of school early! Those days are gone, except for religious schools, some public schools and universities and, believe it or not, the Stock Market! A few states, Tennessee, Connecticut among them, declare...

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6 Reasons to Reject Religion

This is the season for religion, Palm Sunday then Good Friday, then Easter.  Let's see how you do on this Religion Quiz (no pressure, I scored pretty low). To redeem myself (no pun intended), I thought it would be good to reflect on this thing we call “religion.” It...

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Just Forgive and Move beyond the Roadblocks in Your Life

“To err is human. To forgive is divine.” Thank you Alexander Pope for reminding us that forgiveness is impossible without God’s help. Actually the famous quote comes from a really long poem that is really not a poem at all. It’s the Essay on Criticism (bet you won’t...

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3 Things That Are True about Christmas And Always Will Be

It's appropriate that my final post should be about God's revelation in the person of Christ, what we call, "Christmas." Christmas is special, not only for the lights and festive foods but because it was revealed to us. A little theology is in order here. The Bible...

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Christmas: The Night Heaven Came Down

Our little nativity set at home is a far cry from the events at Bethlehem. Our 10 month old granddaughter enjoys teething on Mary and taking the animals to her Fisher Price barn. That OK with me because I know that in the years to come she will learn that there was a...

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Your Top 10 Reasons to Be Thankful This Year

Being thankful is like working out. It doesn’t just happen. You need to will it, to work at it; to get up each morning and say the words, “Thank you,” even though sometimes it’s just lip service. I’m one of those people who begins listening to Christmas music in...

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