No Flowers

It was on this day in 1909 that an unusual funeral was held in the small town of Ada, Ohio. William H. Morrow, a Baptist minister-turned-atheist, had carved out a respectable name for himself among his neighbors. He had offered his services as Health Officer for twenty years, free of charge; and he was President…

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A Complimentary Uproar

There is a photo that was posted on Facebook last Easter; and again this year I found it popping up in my news feed. It shows three New York City skyscrapers lit up with crosses on Easter Sunday, 1956. The caption reads: The NYC skyline during Easter of 1956. There would probably be an uproar…

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The Magic of Creation

When I was kid I spent a lot of time wandering the woods around my house. I would make up stories about who and where I was, usually involving some kind of epic fantasy adventure. I used to imagine I was looking for a magical secret world that could be found through a hidden door…

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I Dare Not Tell a Lie If It Would Save My Life

All one had to do was simply admit they were a witch. There has been much speculation as to why the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 unfolded so quickly and dramatically. After all, people had been accused and sentenced for witchcraft before. This was a time and place where the devil was known to actively…

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Christians Making Fools of Themselves

  I have a relative who is always sharing things from Allen West’s Facebook page. This mostly means I see a lot of articles from a website called Young Conservatives in my news feed, which is the worst of the worst. They are so absurd that I seldom click on these links, but the other day I…

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More Popular Than Jesus

Today I would like to revisit a story from America’s history of Christian persecution….in case the details should be lost to time. If I were to make a reference to The Beatles being more popular than Jesus, most of you would know what I was talking about. In 1966 Beatlemania took an ugly turn in…

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Satanic Panic!

If you were a child in the 1980s you may have a deeper appreciation for the occult than most. Sure every generation has its own stories; it appeals to our curious nature and desire to touch a piece of the unknown. But every now and then some kind of mass hysteria is born out of…

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