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William B. Bradshaw, a graduate of both the University of Missouri and Yale Divinity School, earned a PhD from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Bradshaw has served as a minister, a college English instructor, and a college president. The author of The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors, Fundraising: the System that Works, and Sinister Among Us, Bradshaw resides with his wife, Betty June, in Missouri. For more information, go to

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Overcoming Failure and Disappointment

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 8:06 PM

His family moved in 1831, and he lost his job. In 1832, he ran for the state legislature, and he lost. In 1833, he and a friend borrowed money and started a store; his friend died, and the store lost money and went out of business. In 1834, he was...

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Gospel Music: Evangelists and Their Song Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 1:23 PM

This is a continuation of last week's blog: "What is Gospel Music?"

The origin and development of Gospel music goes hand in hand with the history of evangelism in the United States. Dwight L. Moody, an evangelist of the mid-to-late 1800s, was the primary "architect" of a new kind of...

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What is Gospel Music?

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 11:08 AM

(Gospel enthusiasts from all over the United States will gather in Lebanon, Missouri, this weekend for the Gospel Spectacular and next weekend for the Brumley Gospel Sing. Lebanon, a town of 14,000+ in the Ozarks of southwestern Missouri, also happens to be my hometown. The following is a column written...

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Ingenious Compromise: Reason for Hope

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 7:56 AM

Here are some headlines appearing in major newspapers recently:

• "A Deeply Divided Supreme Court . . .";
• "Divided Congress is Deeply Fractionalized . . .";
• "The Deep Divide in Congress . . .";
• "Obama Warns a Divided Congress...

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Getting Bids: Yes or No?

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 11:42 AM

We frequently hear about the need for governments -- local, county, state and federal -- to get competing bids, and too often we learn after the fact that contracts were let without getting bids. But many people ask, "Does getting competing bids really make any difference?" I have the evidence...

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Trivia: Seven Questions and Answers about the Declaration of Independence

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 7:57 AM

Here are some trivia questions relating to the Declaration of Independence. The answers are below. See how you do with them.

1. What is the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?
2. Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence?

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Happy Birthday America

(1) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 8:53 AM

Birthdays are fun to celebrate, and this week the United States as a nation will be celebrating what is officially named U.S. Independence Day.

It was 238 years ago--July 4, 1776--that the Second Continental Congress, comprised of representatives from the thirteen North American British colonies, passed the Declaration of...

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Why Grammar Is Important

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 9:56 AM

In high school or college, students of Asian heritage have the reputation of making the highest grades in the class, and the average American student worries about having several Asian Students in his or her class for fear that they will raise the curve and make it harder to get...

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Taking Credit and Accepting Responsibility

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 9:29 AM

If I were the CEO of a company and was employed six years ago to clean up the problems attributed to my predecessor, how would the Board of Directors react if the company was still having problems and I was blaming my predecessor for them? Would the directors say, "Oh,...

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Gender Neutral and Father's Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 9:01 AM

A father has long been viewed as the figure in the family who is depended upon to provide for and protect his family, and the mother has historically been thought of as the person who took care of keeping house, preparing meals, washing clothes, and the like. But has the...

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Managing the Potholes of Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Last week when my wife and I were in the car, I was zigzagging down the road, having difficulty dodging all the potholes left over from winter, not yet repaired. It was impossible to miss all of them, jarring the car each time we hit one. My wife commented, "This...

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Loyalty and Responsibility

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 4:18 PM

What would you think if the owner of a Ford dealership always purchased General Motors cars for his family to drive? Or, what would be your reaction if the owner of a McDonald's franchise always took her family to eat at a Wendy's? Although there is no written law that...

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Questions I Would Ask

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 3:03 PM

As the school year ends for all levels of education, I want to put forward one final quiz especially for our high school and college students to answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, just move quickly to the next one.

1. Name the last three...

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12 Habits of Highly Heathy People

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 9:32 PM

While at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a series of twelve large posters that extended for about thirty feet caught my attention. The twelve posters were all under one heading: "12 Habits of Highly Healthy People." Note: not just healthy people, but "highly" healthy people. I spent some time...

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Doing it Mother's Way

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 12:03 PM

Practically no parent today would name a newborn son "Judas." That name has become synonymous with treachery and betrayal. Although a respected name at one time, the name "Judas" is remembered primarily as the Disciple who betrayed Jesus with a kiss in the Garden of Gethsemane for thirty pieces of...

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Avoiding Sexism, Perhaps Excessive in Religion

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2014 | 10:27 AM

Avoiding being labeled as "sexist" is very important these days. The current emphasis on bias-free language has created difficulties for today's writers. Some traditional uses of the English language that have long been the cornerstones of good writing are no longer acceptable: for example, using "he," "him," and "his" to...

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Secretary, Administrative Assistant or Administrative Professional?

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2014 | 12:16 PM

Not long ago I stopped by the office of a local school administrator. She was not in her office, but her new secretary -- on the job four days -- was. We talked a few minutes -- you know, small talk -- and then I asked if she had a...

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The Resurrection of Jesus

(16) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Here we are at Easter weekend, celebrating the greatest miracle of all time: God's raising Jesus from the dead. This event led to the beginning of the Christian Church and the promise of everlasting life for those who unite in faith with Jesus. But now, over 2,000 years later, people...

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Jesus the Strategist: Part II

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 9:54 PM

There had been all kinds of rumors about the man Jesus of Galilee. He had left his home and spent most of his time with a band of twelve other men. He appeared to have unusual powers. Some claimed that he had healed their sick. Others said that he had...

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Jesus the Strategist: -Part I

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Palm Sunday is only one week away. Have you ever stopped to think about what Jesus did the week before the original Palm Sunday? There were two ruling authorities in Palestine at that time: the political government that was definitely the ultimate authority, and the religious leaders, whose religious practices...

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