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I recently read a message I’d given in 1984 and felt a mixture of embarrassment and surprise. Embarrassed because it seems inadequate now, and surprised by how much my worldview has changed. Twenty-five years from now, I might read these messages and have a similar reaction. I offer no guarantee that my work or words will endure the eroding effects of time. I can only assure you these thoughts have been helpful to me, and perhaps a few others, today. With that qualification, I offer them to you.

~ Philip

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What a beautiful week! Eight inches of snow fell in Danville and I have four neighbors with snow blowers and plows, so I phoned them the morning after the big snow to tell them I was holding a Good Neighbor Contest and it was down to the four of them. Then I sat down...

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Today is Valentine’s Day, that day we celebrate all things romantic. I went to CVS yesterday to buy Joan something meaningful she will treasure the rest of her life. Perhaps a card someone else had written, or something delicious to eat someone else had made,...

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In my first church, whenever we had a meeting for business and someone would share an idea, there was this guy who’d stand up and say, “Let me tell you why that won’t work.” Sometimes, just to mix things up, he’d say, “Let me just play the devil’s advocate, …” then...

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We’ve been hearing the word unprecedented a lot this month. My friend Howard Macy recently said the frequency of the word unprecedented is unprecedented. Every time I watch the news, I hear the word unprecedented, as if for the past 245 years, the United States has...

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Last Sunday, I had intended to begin a sermon series on the characteristics of good relationships, but we were rudely interrupted by an insurrectionist mob, which could not be ignored. Nevertheless I will not be deterred from my duty, so will pick up where we left...

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A Presidency That Will Live In Infamy   

This week we witnessed an attack on our nation’s capital by a misguided and ignorant mob, committed to the usurpation of our presidential election, spurred on by a man whose appetite for power and adulation knows no bounds, a modern-day Nero who tweeted while...

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Christmas 2020 (John 1:14)

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth…” One of the more vivid memories of my childhood was a camping trip with my family at a campground south of Spencer called Lane’s Camping Retreat, which my dad happened upon while selling bug spray...