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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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A Temporary Goodbye

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 7:13 AM

This will be my one hundred thirty-sixth weekly blog or slide show--usually posted early on Saturday mornings--that The Huffington Post published. For now, this blog will be my last one. Before I explain why, I want to comment about the graciousness and professionalism of The Huffington Post and its readers.

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Learning From Mistakes

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 8:03 AM

I learned a very important lesson as a senior in high school that should have served me well for the remainder of my life. I say "should have" because periodically I forgot about it when the going got tough during my professional years.

I was a half-miler in a relatively...

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Are Newspapers on the Ropes?

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 7:35 AM

There is no question about it: most newspapers in the United States are on the ropes. They are not yet down and out, but they are close to that knockout blow. I know this, as most of you readers do, from personal experience. Newspapers are downsizing in size and quality...

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The Devil and Lent

(29) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 6:50 AM

In this current age of technology and science, it is difficult for us to realize that one of the most important incidents reported in the Bible for understanding the Christian faith is about an evil spirit referred to as "Satan" or "the devil." The particular incident I am referring to...

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Giving Up Something, Or Not Giving Up Something, for Lent

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 11:45 AM

For Western Christianity, February 18 was Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. For as long as I can remember, I have heard Roman Catholics and Protestants of many denominations talk about what they are giving up for Lent. I was reared in a Congregational Church, known now as the...

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The Crusades: Who, What, When, Where

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 7:48 AM

On February 5, Thursday of last week, the sixty-second National Prayer Breakfast was held in Washington, DC. It is not my intention to enter into the political firestorm President Obama ignited with comments about The Crusades. But a great majority of people whom I have spoken with do not really...

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An Aging Person's Observations About Aging: Helpful Hints for All Ages

(3) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 7:50 AM

I graduated from high school in 1950. Yes, that was 65 years ago, and our high school class is planning its 65th reunion for later this year. I am 82 years old. Some readers are probably thinking that I am really old, while others are chuckling and thinking, "You have...

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'Charlie Hebdo' and Our American Churches

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2015 | 6:40 AM

I have waited to write this column until reason has hopefully had time to replace the outrage that quite naturally encompassed the entire free world. I am referring to the Charlie Hebdo incident. When it first happened I did not think I would comment about it, as there was more...

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Free Tuition for Community College

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 7:00 AM

Last week I wrote about education in community colleges in general, as an introduction to President Obama's proposal for providing free tuition for community college students. At the time, only the idea had been introduced, with the promise that the President would announce the specifics in his State of the...

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The President's Plan for Tuition-Free Education at Community Colleges

(5) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 7:05 AM

I am not writing this blog as a Republican or a Democrat. I am writing as an educator: as someone who has been a college classroom instructor, a development officer (fundraising) for a community college, the president of a private two-year not-for-profit college, and as the president of a two-year...

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Opinions Versus Opinionated

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2015 | 7:16 AM

I have opinions! Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines opinion as: "A view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter." In describing how "opinion" is used, Webster says, "Opinion implies a conclusion thought out yet open to dispute."

Yes, I have opinions about: politics, which includes what...

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Respect for Others in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2015 | 7:05 AM

I wish many things for 2015, but one in particular is "Respect for others." The basic concept of respect covers a large spectrum of subjects; I am mentioning only a few in hopes that my comments will stimulate your thinking. Perhaps together we can come up with a list of...

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Will Your Foundation Pass Inspection?

(2) Comments | Posted December 27, 2014 | 7:46 AM

Throughout the world at the present time, there is an activity being carried on that has been in existence in some form since the beginning of civilization. However, since World War II it has been on a steady increase, and now we find it in just about every direction we...

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Mary and Joseph

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 7:19 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 | 8:18 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

(5) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 7:59 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

(56) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 7:19 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

(76) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 8:02 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 | 7:14 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 | 7:24 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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