April 18, 2014

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Jesus carrying His cross on the Via Dolorosa Print E-mail

A few years past, I was on a trip to the Holy Land and stood with members of our group where Pilate had asked the question “What is truth?” As he sought to wash his hands from condemning Jesus to die on the cross. But the Jews demanded that Jesus die rather than Barabbas who was a murderer and a robber.

Should the U.S. become involved in Crimea against the Russians? Print E-mail

First a few rudimentary facts about Crimea: Crimea is a peninsula jutting into the huge Black Sea. Crimea is about the size of Maryland. It is part of the Ukraine nation which has a land mass about the size of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee combined. Ukraine is a divided nation in that its citizens in the eastern half lean toward aligning with Russia while its citizens in the western half lean toward aligning with the European Union (EU). Ukraine is thus squeezed by the authoritarian state of Russia on one side and the more democratic nations of the EU on the other.

A tribute to James Herald Print E-mail


James sat on the back left hand pew in Eastside Church of Christ next to the window. Always, he and family were early to service. And those who entered to sit on that side of the church frequently shook his hand and paused for some small talk before moving onto their selected pews. James and wife, Elizabeth, and family usually occupied the entire back pew.

Burn up or freeze to death? Print E-mail

What’s the issue? Tom Harris, director of International Climate Science Coalition, in Canada states, “We do not actually know how much climate will change as carbon dioxide levels continue to rise. We do not even know whether warming or cooling lies ahead.”

Connections Print E-mail

“Do you know how we used to get our cornmeal when I was a boy?” Preacher Jesse Henderson paused in Eastside Church of Christ in Butler, Kentucky to allow our minds to catch up with the question.

An encounter with an alligator Print E-mail

Two cranes with their hatchling in the Wesleyan Village. Photo courtesy of Denny Taylor, Wesleyan Village.

Please allow some background so this encounter can be placed in some perspective.

Wesleyan Village where Janice and I reside during the winter is hardly a resort community. It was developed for Wesleyan ministers and missionaries…frugally and is operated frugally…nice on the pocketbook.

In defense of Israel Print E-mail

A recent article in a weekly newspaper in Kentucky criticized the State of Israel for how it was treating the Palestinians and Arab nations in the Middle East. Citing how the United Nations had shoved the Palestinians aside to make land for the newly recognized State of Israel, the writer claims that Israel has treated its neighbors with indifference at best and has been anything but a good neighbor; punching, prodding with electric cattle goads, and shooting unarmed stragglers. She demands that the US of A desist from providing monetary assistance to Israel as well as lending moral support to Israel in its effort to defend itself against Iran. The following admittedly takes a different viewpoint:

What’s the worth of a person? Print E-mail

“How much was he worth?” The old farmer queried, as he sat close to the pot-bellied stove in the country store. The store owner narrowed his eyes and stared long and hard out the window as if mentally gathering evidence for his reply concerning the passing of a well known citizen of this community. He pursed his lips and replied, “I’d say…..at least….$75,000!” He exhaled in a sigh of admiration and envy. “At least that much,” he appended. I was a high school student when I heard this interchange; today $75,000 would be the equivalent of a million dollars, or more.

The problem of violence in the USA Print E-mail

The newspapers and newscasts in the Tampa area blazoned the news in early January: “Man killed in Theater While Texting!” The story unfolded: Chad Oulson, 43, was with his wife, 33, waiting for the movie to begin in Wesley Chapel which is just off I-75, about 15 minutes south of Brooksville, where we reside during the winter. Oulson got into an argument with Curtis Reeves, 71, a decorated retired Tampa police officer who was sitting behind the Oulsons, because Oulson was texting during the previews.

How does this Winter compare with the Winters in 1977 and 1978 and 1963? Print E-mail

Stanley Bishop driving his truck in the winter of 1978 near Hayes Station Road and pictured in the back, from left, Brian Crouch and James O’Hara.


When Janice and I left Butler for Florida on January 3, it was 2 above zero. According to our neighbors, the temperature that day did not get above 8 above and fell to 10 below that night. And, as you are well aware, it has been a relatively cold and snowy winter thus far. We began to wonder how this winter compared to other unusually cold and snowy ones. We talked with some old timers and consulted with Ms. Cheri  Figgins, Director of the Pendleton County Public Library which has files of most, if not all, of The Falmouth Outlooks. Following are our findings:


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