I am pausing to reflect on the fickle fate of kings as I prepare to unleash the French Revolution in my undergraduate civilization class next semester.  January anniversaries present an interesting study in both the pomp and fragility of power.  Few occasions can compete with American presidential inaugurations for extravagant

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I have to admit that I am angry, hurt, and exhausted. Today is my 28th anniversary. The sad truth is that for the first time ever, I forgot my anniversary. When I was walking out the door to spend the day in my office and studio to try and catch

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“The first step,” I said, “is accepting that you’re not going to save the world. You’re not.” My comments were directed to a young person in my industry who was facing a mix of professional uncertainty about the future and mid-20s malaise – coupled, of course, with the prospects of

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Johann Von Staupitz had no idea what he was getting into when he first met Martin Luther in 1506.  Luther had recently left his legal studies at the University of Erfurt to embrace a life of monastic rigor in the Augustinian monastery.  He brought with him a deepening spiritual crisis

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It was May of 2014. I was staying Memorial Day weekend at All Saints of America Orthodox Church in De Queen, AR. I woke up early Saturday morning to take a day trip. 30 miles in, I was traveling 60mph approaching Broken Bow, OK when my engine started to sputter

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Four years ago, then-future President Donald John Trump gave a speech in Sioux Center, Iowa, that would define not only his presidential campaign but the next four years of his time in office. He could shoot someone in the middle of New York City’s Fifth Avenue, he said, and not

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I had a pastor friend who at one time I considered to be a mentor. Sadly, he proved to be a disappointment both as a friend and as a mentor. I remember as a very young minister standing in the midst of a meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention where

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“Can you tell me what kind it is?” A rock, thrust in my face by my keen-eyed daughter, looked like the kind of shale we’d been examining for the better part of an hour. The front side betrayed three trace fossils, while the obverse held something much clearer – a

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**This is an abridged version of the full 16,000+ word monument account which can be found here.** In 1812, my great-great-great-grandfather moved with his twenty slaves to east Tennessee. My middle name, Chambers, comes from this side of my family. However, I was raised in California—the son of Civil Rights

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My mother is fond of telling me, “Scot you’re David!” The David she has in mind is the biblical one. And when she conflates me and King David, I’m positive she is thinking of the David who is described as being a “man after God’s own heart” and not David

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One of my Facebook friends posted a rather bizarre photo a couple of years ago. He and his sons professed a fervent evangelical Christian faith and also a strong dedication to the “Tea Party” political ideologies of very limited government and few taxes. They are also strong proponents of constitutional

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It may be argued there is something in the water we are all drinking, and perhaps something also in the food we are eating. Something is different. This year has unleashed changes that may prove to be revolutionary. A pandemic continues to plague the world, and in the United States,

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