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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, a novel about demon possession, Bradshaw resides with his wife, Betty June, in Missouri. For more information, go to

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Mary and Joseph

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 8:19 AM

Year after year Christians around the world celebrate Christmas by focusing on the story of the first Christmas as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (1:18-25) and Luke (1:26-38; 2:1-20): the story of Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus. We concentrate on the same details each year: that Mary...

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Celebrating Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 9:18 AM

It was about 2,044 years ago, in 30 B.C., that there was a great celebration throughout all of the Roman Empire, especially among Roman leaders. The Roman army became the supreme ruler of the land, and the ships of the Roman people became the rulers of the sea. There was...

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Analyzing Ferguson

(10) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 8:59 AM

It is not my intention to take sides one way or the other on the decision of the grand jury relating to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by Darren Wilson, a police officer. My purpose here is to clear up some misunderstandings and incorrect information.

The national...

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Died, Passed Away or Passed

(54) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 8:19 AM

At a funeral I recently attended, the minister referred several times to the man having "died," but the obituary printed in the funeral bulletin distributed at the service referred to the man having "passed away." During the first 50 years or so of my life, the term I always heard...

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Thanksgiving and Political Correctness

(77) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 9:02 AM

The Motion Picture Association of America rates movies to provide viewers with advance information about the content of films. If asked to rate this blog, I would say it is not "politically correct." Having been reared in a small town in the Ozarks of southwestern Missouri during World War II...

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(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 8:14 AM

An IRS office was keeping a close eye on a small company with only a few employees. The income reported by the small business on its annual income tax form seemed to the IRS to be more than could be expected by the company's limited number of employees, unless there...

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The Problem and the Solution

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 8:24 AM

The other morning I went to a Starbucks I am well acquainted with and know the flow of customer traffic. I went at a time when there would be a really good cross section of people: high school and college students, young adults, and older people. I concentrated at first...

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The Delta Queen Riverboat, the Election and You

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 9:12 AM

In the early 1970s, my family and I lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. At that time the Delta Queen -- the famous, luxurious riverboat that traveled the Mississippi and other rivers especially in the South -- was still taking cruises from St. Paul to New Orleans and back, stopping at...

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Working or Fighting: Your Choice

(15) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Leading up to next week's elections -- November 4 -- the mail, newspapers, radio and TV are saturated with political ads. Time and again, Democrats and Republicans say, "I'm going to fight for you." That's the big problem we have on all levels of government -- there's just too much...

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All That Moola: The History of 'Bucks' and Other Words We Use to Mean Money

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 8:54 AM

Last week, my wife and I went to our favorite pizza place. When we were finished eating, the waiter brought us the check. I didn't have the correct change. So I quickly figured the tip in my head, gave him two larger bills, and said to him, "Just bring me...

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Follow the Money

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 9:47 AM

When writing last week's article, Where Did That Money Come From?, a banker called my attention to "Bitcoin," a virtual currency introduced in 2009. An informal survey I took indicated that few people know very much about "virtual" currencies. So this week I decided to do a brief sketch of...

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Where Did That Money Come From?

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2014 | 9:18 AM

"Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar; all for Lebanon stand up and holler." I was reared in Lebanon, Missouri, attended Lebanon High School, and that was a cheer used especially at our basketball games. Of course, other teams used the same cheer, inserting their own names. Back then,...

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Waning Influence of Religion in America

(16) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 8:55 AM

On Monday of this past week, the Pew Research Center released the results of a poll taken earlier this month about religion, with this heading, "Public Sees Religion's Influence Waning." The survey addressed a wide range of religious topics relating to life in America.

The first question in the...

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Time Marches On

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 8:54 AM

On August 27, 2014, Andy Thomason, news reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education wrote: "You are getting older. You are older now than you were at the moment this page first loaded. And now you're even older, and you can't stem the tide of time." What he wrote, of...

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What Happened to Sin

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 10:16 AM

In the opening paragraph of his book Whatever Became of Sin?, Karl Menninger, one of the founders of the famed Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, tells a funny but very significant story.

On a sunny day in September, 1972, a stern-faced, plainly dressed man could be seen standing still on...
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60 Years Together

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Staff members at a local Starbucks I frequent for hot chocolate learned that my wife and I recently celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. They are all relatively young, and 60 years seems like a long time to them. So they asked me to write about some of the things a...

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Family, Friends and Technology

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 8:51 AM

Are people less friendly than they used to be?

Being a clergyman, my family and I moved often. I have never lived long enough in one town or city to compare the current attitudes of people with how individuals and families felt and acted in the past, say thirty-five...

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Getting Along Better with Others

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Would you like to get along better with your husband or wife, or with you children, especially your teenager? Or, if you are a teenager, would you like getting along better with your parents or with a teacher in high school or college? Or, if you are a teacher, are...

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Overcoming Failure and Disappointment

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 9:06 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 | 2:23 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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