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James C. Schaap

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Powerball

   News flash from CNN, just now read it when I opened my e-mail.  "Winning numbers for the nearly 580 million Powerball jackpot are 5-23-16-22-29.  The Powerball is 6." Thus saith whoever trips those silly ping-pong balls from their spinning,…
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Where the river bends

    Mitt would count them in his column, I'm sure.  After all, they certainly aren't part of the 47% of us who leech off the nanny state.  No, sireee.  Ain't nobody in the bunch who doesn't pull his own…
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Morning Thanks–a sermon

She interrupted my sermon. . .but then, I'm not a preacher.  I'm a teacher--or I was a teacher. When I stood before them in that little church last Sunday, I was probably far less a preacher than a teacher, and I honestly…
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A Fifth Dimension

If you look closely here, in this single, little nook of the elegant, Victorian, and spirit-riddled Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, AK, you'll see an arc, a portal into the fifth dimension. Look closely because at this very spot it frequently…
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Harvey Dunn and the river rats

 The neighbors have that iconic Harvey Dunn ("The Prairie is My Garden")  up on their living room wall, bold and beautiful. Somehow, I'd almost forgotten the man, the artist, South Dakota's pride and joy. So on a little trip out…
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Mansions of glory

The shot is not sharp, but you get the picture.  That's the ocean out there in the background, and the foreground is Laguna Beach.  The house belongs to Robert A. Schuller, son of Robert H. Schuller, the televangelist of Crystal…
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Zuni pueblo, circa 2310

  At least some of its features I could have guessed had I never opened the cover.  It's plainly and unflinchingly Christian, for one, everything but "Kumbaya" at the radiant climax.  The New Mexico missionaries, blessed with Dutch names, are…
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John Calvin’s birthday

My father never called himself a Calvinist, and neither did my mother, which is not to say that they weren’t.  If you would have asked them what Calvinism was, my guess is they would have hunched their shoulders, then answered,…