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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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The Resurrection of Jesus

(13) 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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God's Way or the Highway

(9) Comments | Posted March 29, 2014 | 11:48 AM

Last week we worked our way through the main body of the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). But then we came to the surprising finish. How can it be that the king -- or God -- refuses entry into the kingdom of heaven because a person from off...

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The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like...

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 11:47 AM

The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) starts out by these intriguing words: "The kingdom of heaven is like..." In the Gospels there are several parables that start with these words. Most people are interested in these parables regardless of what they think the hereafter holds in store for...

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The Storyteller

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Almost everyone enjoys a good story, especially when the storyteller has a real talent for relating stories. That is one of the reasons the parables of Jesus have attracted the interest of people from all walks of life dating as far back as the beginning of Christianity. Jesus was a...

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Daylight Saving Time

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Daylight saving time starts this week end, as we turn our clocks forward one hour, resulting in giving us more daylight at the end of the day.

My grandmother was a music teacher. She always kept two clocks on her piano. She was a religious woman and said one of...

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The Observance of Lent

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2014 | 10:47 AM

This coming Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Let's take a look at the historical emergence and spiritual significance of the Lenten season.

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on the day before Easter. The six Sundays of this
time-span are not...

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The National Debt

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Democrats and Republicans are blitzing us with propaganda about the national debt. My purpose here is not to side with either political party, but to add understating to the subject. Contrary to what many people think, China is not our largest creditor. Our largest creditor is our Social Security Trust...

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Respect: Learning From our Grandmothers

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2014 | 9:55 AM

When I was a young boy growing up in a small town in the Ozarks of southwestern Missouri, one of my favorite times was when my grandmother would take my brother and me in her old four-door 1929 Chevrolet sedan to Woolworth's on main street. She would usually give each...

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Brushing Up on Grammar: Misunderstood Words and Troublesome Prefixes

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 12:50 PM

A good friend of mine asked me the other day if it was correct to say, "taken back" as an expression of surprise. The answer is "no"; the correct phase is "taken aback." That may sound funny to some people, but it is correct.

This caused me to think about...

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Please, Mr. President, Lead Rather Than Divide

(27) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 11:33 AM

When Mr. Obama campaigned for President of the United States in 2008, he assured voters that he would bring the county together and especially quell the gridlock in Washington that had made it difficult for the United States Congress to pass important legislation. But, instead, the discord in Washington is...

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You Don't Have to Be a Quarterback

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 9:50 AM

With Super Bowl XLIII only a week away, we are at the end of the 2013 National Football League season. All during the football season, but especially during the playoffs, there is much talk about the quarterbacks. For last Sunday's A.F.C. championship game, the focus of attention was not so...

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If I Were President . . .

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 8:52 AM

I received an e-mail on my website that features my latest book: The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors. Of course, I liked it because of what it said about my book, but even more because of its general emphasis on a completely...

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Dealing With Life's Leftovers

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2014 | 10:14 AM

In times past, most people heated their houses using fireplaces, stoves and coal furnaces. Some people still do. It makes no difference which of these forms of heating one uses, there are always ashes or clinkers to get out of the house and hauled away without leaving a mess behind....

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Religion and Politics Do Mix

(6) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 10:18 AM

It has long been said there are two topics that should be avoided in "polite company," that is, at social gatherings, parties, service clubs, during intermissions at the theater and concerts, on dates, with friends and neighbors, and the like. The two subjects are religion and politics.

Tradition has...

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Taking Down Holiday Decorations

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Now that Hanukkah and Christmas are over until another year and we are wishing "Happy New Year" to everyone we see, when is, or when was, the proper time to take down holiday decorations? There are several answers to this question, depending on what one means by "holiday" decorations.


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New Year's Resolutions

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2013 | 11:28 AM

With New Year's Day coming up, here's the question: New Year's resolutions -- to be or not to be? And if they are to be, will you and I keep the ones we make?

For some reason, the New Year has slipped up on us. By Wednesday of this...

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(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 8:49 AM

Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent, and the Advent season officially ends and Christmas officially begins in the evening of this coming Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve. What we have been waiting and preparing for during the Advent season is, at last, close at hand.

Last week we...

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Getting Closer to Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 8:25 AM

In order to understand fully the meaning Christmas, one must be acquainted with what happened several months earlier. It's the amazing story about a young woman by the name of Mary, estimated to have been only sixteen or seventeen years old, and her fiancé, Joseph, who was several years older....

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