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Author Mike Massar

Parents play different roles at times in most families. Some call it “good cop, bad cop,” which I suppose is just another way of describing “grace and justice.” In my family, the roles were pretty well prescribed. My mother was nearly always the good cop, ready to give and forgive, love and let love. Her […] Read More

It’s funny that they have come to be known as the wise men. In the biblical accounts, they were referred to as “magi,” and for the Jewish audience of the first century this was not, by any stretch of the imagination, to be considered as complimentary. You see, the Greek definition of “magi” is not […] Read More

I spent a day recently with Baptist missionary Jenny Hodge at the Together For Hope ministries in Lake Providence, Louisiana, one of the poorest places in the U.S. It was an eye-opening experience, which began as I drove up. There was a man working in the mission house yard. We exchanged pleasantries, and he showed […] Read More

At a dinner for Nobel Prize winners, President John F. Kennedy gave a most clever and astute introduction. He said to that distinguished crowd, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson […] Read More

I attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts several years ago, and the professor of my screenplay-writing class took pains to warn me about it ahead of time. Knowing that I was a minister attending the course to study the comparisons between writing sermons and screenplays, she said to me, “Mike, in […] Read More

When my family lived in Clemson, S.C., our next-door neighbor was an 85-year-old woman who was the epitome of southern gentility. Mrs. Turner had lived in Clemson for most of her life and in the South all of her life. She was old enough to have some personal memories of the Civil War passed on […] Read More

I have loved baseball all my life. It is a wonderful game with a rhythm of its own. It’s the only major sport where the game is played on its own time, which doesn’t designate a specific length of time, only innings. But more than that, there are so many positions and so many strategies […] Read More