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Michael Ruffin

As the popular bumper sticker urges us, coexisting with other religions is a noble and worthy goal. It’s admittedly hard to achieve, however. Especially when we have such a hard time getting along with folks in our own religion. […] Read More

Some Christians seem willing to support political leaders who lead in ways that violate basic human – much less Christian – principles because they think they will make the country stronger. But at what cost? […] Read More

Our national anthem honors a damaged flag that persevered. So too our democracy – and our nation – will survive and persevere if we commit ourselves to help it more fully live up to its ideals. […] Read More

When people discuss political, social or religious issues on social media, it frequently turns into a name-and-blame argument. We need to stop the personal attacks and stick to the point. […] Read More

“Please pray for my friend. She’s having an autopsy tomorrow.” That was the voicemail message I heard on our church’s prayer line one morning. I will neither confirm nor deny that I laughed out loud. I will confess to thinking, “I think it’s a little late for prayer.” She meant to say “biopsy,” which is […] Read More

World Press Freedom Day was observed earlier this month (May 3). This day is promoted annually by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). According to its website, it “is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks […] Read More

Michael Ruffin is curriculum editor with Smyth & Helwys Publishing in Macon, Georgia. 1. Where did you grow up? Barnesville, Georgia, which is about halfway between Atlanta and Macon on Highway 41. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Philippians 2:4-11. When I think about what it really means […] Read More

I had the privilege of serving as an adjudicator for the extemporaneous speaking competition in the Region 5-AA Literary Meet. The event took place in early March at Lamar County High School in Georgia. The class of 1976, of which I am a member, was the first one to graduate from that campus. I still […] Read More

The Apostle Paul presented a strong case that he and his fellow ministers had the right to be paid for their service. In a letter written in the middle of the first century to Christians living in the Greek city of Corinth, he asked, “If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too […] Read More

I’ve considered myself a political moderate ever since I voted in my first election in November 1976. Now, I acknowledge that I usually vote for one party’s candidates because that party’s perspectives and policies for the most part align better with mine than those of the other party. But I’ve always wanted the elected representatives […] Read More