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Jeffrey D. Vickery

As a parent, I stop sometimes in the morning with my first grade daughter and watch as students raise the flag at school. This Wednesday will likely find a different group of students gathered at the flagpole for the 14th annual “See You at the Pole” (SYATP) prayer gathering. Each year on the third Wednesday […] Read More

Let Us Pray

In 1 Cor. 14 Paul addressed confusion in worship that arose when Christians spoke out of turn. Another kind of confusion happens in our present day worship services when someone stands before the congregation and says, “Let us pray.” It is a silent confusion, and often an unspoken one. The invitation to corporate public prayer […] Read More

Turtle Ethics

The tortoise and the hare taught us that slow and steady wins the race, but Yertle the turtle’s lesson runs deeper. This seemingly innocuous Dr. Seuss story first came to my attention when personally confronted by fundamentalism’s need for power and control. Unable to speak out publicly against others in authority, one of the wisest […] Read More