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Gregory Magruder

An important fishing lesson that I’ve learned the hard way can help local churches assess their ministry and its impact. I enjoy fishing, especially when I’m in a boat and can work the shore under the overhanging trees and shrubs. You can maneuver your boat to a place where the fish are biting and begin […] Read More

I rolled out of bed at the 6:15 a.m. alarm and went outside to see the blood red moon in early October. This event promised to show the full moon eclipsed by the earth’s shadow and turning red in the process. I stood in the middle of the street and could not see the moon […] Read More

The Easter season is a season of hope. We remember that death does not have the final word and that God has a plan for our future. We can celebrate amid adverse conditions because we know that no matter what the circumstance, God is in control. Hope is rising. My recent surgery and recovery reminded […] Read More

Life seems to throw things at you in unexpected ways. You have things planned out, routines plotted and dreams of smooth sailing, when, suddenly, you are inundated with a wave of adversity. Adversity is a part of life. We know that, but we do not like that. We know that the insurance industry tells us […] Read More

I like the phrase “conspicuous consumption.” It sounds neat. It has the gritty feel of reality. The words snarl and spit at you with the hard Cs and the popping Ps sliding along the icy Ss. It feels like a skater slipping into a wall. The words cannot be good. They bear some malevolent message. […] Read More