Michael Crichton’s ‘Author’s Message’ from the book State of Fear: AUTHOR’S MESSAGE A novel such as State of Fear, in which so many divergent views are expressed, may lead the reader to wonder where, exactly, the author stands on these issues. I have been reading environmental texts for three years, in itself a hazardous undertaking. […]


by james on September 12, 2015

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There is nothing wrong with crying. Sometimes it is necessary. There is a time for every thing under heaven. Yet I am always suspicious of extravangant displays of emotion, whether grief or joy. Think of Tom Cruise doing somersaults on Oprah’s couch (in short order followed by a divorce), or of the purging at the death […]

Sustainable Churches

by james on April 28, 2015

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How can the government use the Church to spread the gospel of saving the planet? The EPA has just funded a little project to study the Christian Church in the US to answer just that question. As an anthropologist might scan the habits and thoughts of natives the EPA is concerned to try to understand […]

When Love Dies

by wanliss on December 16, 2014

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  . But godliness with contentment is great gain . 1 Timothy 6:6   Taking care of plants is real work. My farmer friend likens it to a game of chess, trying to remain at least one move ahead of the weather, diseases, and pests. Most of us do not grow plants for a living, […]

Crazy Love: A Story of Spring

by james on August 12, 2013

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Crazy Love  Galatians 2:20 – “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”   March 20. It is not […]

Thunder and Lightning

by james on July 26, 2013

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1 Samuel 30:4 – “Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.”   In South Carolina a three year drought has ended. Rain has broken the drought in every county. One year ago almost the entire state was in drought. […]

The Garden of God

by james on July 1, 2013

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Genesis 2:8 – “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” What is a garden? Do we think it the place of extravagant foliage, by day casting long, dappled shadows, by night appearing indistinct and dreamlike, unpeopled and filled with serene solitudes? The […]

So there I am driving along, minding my own business, when I see a Chik-fil-A, surrounded by cars, every entrance stuffed to the gills, people swarming over the store like hungry ants. I was oblivious to the news of past weeks, I guess, but I was hungry and pulled in. The fast-food company has apparently […]