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Pat Sherman: Sometimes God answers prayer with a simple 'no'

Pat Sherman: Sometimes God answers prayer with a simple 'no'

" My opinion is that prayer is less about submitting our "grocery list of requests" to God and expecting him to answer as we want and when we want but more about learning to trust him with our needs, our burdens, our sorrows, as well as the needs of others in our lives and our world.

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Evangelicals wrestle with Trump election

Evangelicals wrestle with Trump election

The Southern Baptist Convention, home to prominent evangelical supporters of President Donald Trump, adopted a statement on moral leadership at the group's annual meeting Tuesday that avoided pointed criticism of current political officeholders.

Jim Mann: Borders, then and now, both unifying and protective

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Refugees, immigration, "extreme vetting," sanctuary cities, border walls and how to pay for them. With questions like these swirling about in our nation, what is our moral and ethical response? What might we discover in the Bible relative to these topics?

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The Thoughtful Pastor: How can kids know God is real when we lie to them about Santa Claus and other magical figures

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The Rev. Christy Thomas

My middle son and his lovely wife are rearing four children with far more skill and care than I ever gave my own kids.  My own child-rearing philosophy was along the lines of "benign neglect".  I sought to resource them with all they needed for life and health and mental, physical and spiritual stimulation, but then pretty well got out of the way, interfering only when necessary.

The Thoughtful Pastor: Humor is a gift from God

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Dear Thoughtful Pastor: My son laughed in church when he heard the New Testament reading of Jesus chiding Peter about his lack of faith after he was the only one with enough faith to trust Jesus's invitation to walk on water to reach him and started to sink when he was within arm's reach of Jesus.

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Argyle church to join community service tradition during worship

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Lucinda Breeding

Argyle United Methodist Church is the latest local congregation in the denomination to join Worship Without Walls. The local church will close its sanctuary doors on May 20-21, and members and church leaders will spend the weekend in community service.