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Looking at the beginning 40 years later

By Joe Rector I received a message on Facebook not long ago. Bill Fogarty contacted me with information that his class was holding a reunion and that I was invited.…

A New Approach

By Joe Rector I watched the U.S. women’s soccer team work their magic and claim the world championship before the first half was over. The stadium was filled with ecstatic…

Backyard Critters

By Joe Rector I like the outside. Nothing depresses me more than being trapped in the house as the rain or snow falls. Working in the yard is a blessing…

First Christian Church Survives a Painful End

By Joe Rector Not many eyes were dry in the congregation. No, the minister hadn’t just delivered a hellfire and brimstone sermon. Instead, folks were gathered to grieve their loss,…

Compliance might be a lifesaver

By Joe Rector Things are out of control in our country. Every evening when the television news airs, whether it is CBS or FOX, stories complete with videos recount the…

Germaphobes

By Joe Rector This world isn’t much like the one I grew up in. Oh, I know technology has made advancements that make our lives much easier. Folks now have…

Questions

By Joe Rector Philosophical moment—Life is filled with questions. Maybe the meaning of life is to ask those questions and then spend the rest of our time on this planet…

Sunburn

By Joe Rector My grandson Madden came to Knoxville during the Memorial Day weekend. He pulled off his shirt on Friday evening, and his shoulders and arms were fiery. It…

Changing Times and Conditions

By Joe Rector Nature enjoy a good laugh. If you don’t believe it, look at a platypus: half beaver and half duck. It’s also true that “man plans and God…

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