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The Value of a Writing Experience

A popular style of memo pad in offices across the country carries the command “Write it—don’t say it!” Doubting Thomases around the world voice their suspicions with “I’ll believe it when I see it in black and white!” In order to save time, many business transactions are completed by telephone, yet the final exchange is […]

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Pride Goeth

The slow rain had been drizzling down for three days. The gray sky and the decrepit old buildings snuggled together, each matching the other shade for shade of the same weary color. A young sailor in a wet summer uniform shuffled along the sidewalk, stopping now and then in a deserted doorway. But they offered […]

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A Christian Businessman-Fiction or Fact?

“It’s impossible to be an honest business­man.” “Well, you just have to close your eyes to some things; that’s business.” Two common statements — the one a cate­gorical accusation, the other a half-hearted attempt to justify dishonest. Both stem from the assumption that one must be dis­honest to succeed in business. If the busi­ness world […]

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In the Still of the Night

The stillness of the night clearly indicated it to be a night for wandering and for unscrambling crisscross thought; a quiet valley in the jagged range of helter-skelter living; a time to be spent evaluating and categorizing the impressions and experiences of the recent overcrowded weeks. These busy weeks had also left a residue of […]

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How to Keep from Being Bored on Sunday

Don’t do this and don’t do that, Don’t annoy or tease the cat, In fact, don’t do anything at all! This poetic (?) bit of negative thinking (recalled from a childhood rhyme) is one way of observing Sundays. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. It’s the wrong way. “Don’t skip church,” we’re told. So we don’t. Parental pressures […]

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A Weak Flame in a Tinder Box

The popular concept of a reformer is usually of a person with sterling, dynamic personality who slashes right and left with the sword of truth in strong, accurate, purposeful stokes while astride the white charger of righteous indignation.  He thus brings absolute light to millions who had been existing in absolute darkness, and every innovation […]

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The Day Christ Died

The Day Christ Died by Jim Bishop Confessing the impossibility of any Christian (including himself) to be perfectly objective when viewing the death of Christ, Bishop here reconstructs both the historical events and the background of Christ’s crucifixion with intense clarity and force. To read this book without first reading the preface is to rob […]

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Are You a Fifth Amendment Christian?

Sometime ago one of our young people told me that he was a Fifth Amendment Christian and that this bothered him immensely. He didn’t use this particular phrase, but he did say that like many union officials recently, he refused to testify because this testimony would be embarrassing to him. This same young man continued […]

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