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Donald Trump is running against himself. Coronavirus has shut down just about everything, including the presidential campaign. With Bernie Sanders out of the way, former Vice President Joe Biden … more
Pastors will tell you they count on a full church at Christmas and Easter Sunday. Except for this year. As we re-read the old story of those who discovered an empty tomb on that day of … more
RALEIGH — Robert Heinlein — the author of pathbreaking science-fiction works such as “Starship Troopers,” “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” and “Stranger in a Strange Land” — was a man … more
Once upon a time in the kingdom of Liswon, a land not so far away — pronounced “Listwon” by its citizens — there was a little girl by the name of Anna Graham. Anna was happy growing up in the … more
It’s been a few years since I bought myself a new dress for Easter. This year, I’ll probably just throw on some jeans, a T-shirt and my slippers before heading downstairs to worship online with … more
Staying home during this pandemic is tough for retirees and for workers used to leaving the house before sunrise. It’s challenging for parents suddenly home with kids of all ages. The newspaper and … more
For many millions of Christians, Easter is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Others may celebrate the arrival of spring and the promise of new life. Whatever one’s beliefs, … more
It can be difficult for us in the 21st century to understand the problems physicians and scientists were facing as the magnitude of the pandemic began to swell. No one knew for certain what was … more
When millions of Americans fear a virus, when millions lose their jobs overnight and when millions are told to stay home, you can bet we’re in for a political revolution. Or revolutions. Look … more
Is the Corona 19 virus the result of a plot by the Chinese to bring down the United States? Or is it a plot by the United States to punish China? Knowing that some of us are prone to believe … more
Thomas Wolfe, a native of North Carolina, wrote his first novel, “Look Homeward Angel,” in 1929. It is generally regarded as a thinly fictionalized autobiography. In mid-October of 1918, while in … more
Does North Carolina lock up too many people? I’ve long thought so. I’ve advocated criminal justice reforms that employ intensive parole and probation, restitution and other alternatives to … more
Forget air fryers and Snapchat filters, social distancing is the new trend of 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic now upon us, we are facing many transitions. Schools are shifting to online lessons, … more
The last two weeks have highlighted exactly how competitive North Carolina will be in November. For those of us who have lived and breathed politics, it’s no surprise. Still, we’re in for … more
Fearing persecution from the Roman Empire, early Christians huddled together in private homes to pray and study the Scriptures. Nearly two centuries later, the coronavirus pandemic and its sweeping … more
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has changed our lives, our culture, our habits, our relationships and our economy more than any other event in my memory, and it’s not over yet. The threat is … more
We began the Lenten season with a story of Jesus in the wilderness. We may have it in our heads that it was his choice, but the writer of the second Gospel is clear that it was not some conscious … more
What different times we are experiencing now! All of us can feel what Ariel referred to in Shakespeare’s last play, “The Tempest.” Ariel sang about suffering a “sea-change, into something … more
I’m tired. You would think with all this stuff about staying at home and not doing anything, I would be well rested. I’m not. Nowhere close to it. I truly believe that now that I am doing … more
As a kid, my nightly routine was to go to bed around 9 p.m. and turn off the TV at 10. My mom was always asleep by 11 p.m., and at 11:30, I turned the TV back on. On weeknights, I watched Johnny … more
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