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Leaving Salem

Leaving Salem

September 2011 Archives

“Maybe I Outgrew the Church…”

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It was a winter day as I waited beneath the funeral canopy. Still, drops of perspiration collected in the small of my back as my dark suit and nerves conspired to suffocate me in spite of the cold weather. Funerals, […]

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Is It In You?

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Dr. Robert Cade and Dr. Dana Shires of the University of Florida are responsible for the one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century. It’s not the computer chip, the television set, or the internet, but it was and […]

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A Drug Problem

posted by ronniemcbrayer

There I sat, stranded in a continuing education conference for a week. The lectures made me sleepy. The content bored me to tears. The schedule, unrelenting, did not allow for more than fifteen minutes of freedom at a time. Oh, […]

A Garden in the Wilderness

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Roger Williams arrived in Massachusetts almost four centuries ago, just a decade after the first Pilgrims disembarked from the Mayflower. He joined that Puritan effort to build a “city on a hill,” to prove to the nations of the world […]

Pilgrims, Puritans, and Power

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The following is an except from The Jesus Tribe, by Ronnie McBrayer, available today from Smyth and Helwys Publishers. When that little group of Separatists left England for the New World in a little boat called the Mayflower, they landed […]

The Perils of Power

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The following is an except from The Jesus Tribe, by Ronnie McBrayer, available today from Smyth and Helwys Publishers. There is an ancient story from the Cherokee Nation that was used to illustrate the danger of getting too close to […]

No Need to Keep Jumping

posted by ronniemcbrayer

There’s a proverb that says if you love something, let it go. If it returns, it’s yours. If not, well, it never belonged to you in the first place. But had my son Braden written that proverb it would go […]

Toxic Words – No Children’s Game

posted by ronniemcbrayer

There may be no more hostile crowd than a horde of tanked-up adults cheering for their children in the heat of competition. Moms and dads shrieking and squalling; grandparents riding the umpire’s backside like a cheap suit; armchair coaches managing […]

Back in the Saddle Again

posted by ronniemcbrayer

When my wife insisted that I accompany her to the gym I thought it was a good idea. She had been pressing me about it for some time, and combined with my recent lipid readings I finally relented and agreed […]

I Remember

posted by ronniemcbrayer

I was in the hardware store when I first heard the news, though I did not know what I was hearing. As the cashier tallied my purchase, I overheard a reporter on the store’s radio make the peculiar announcement that […]

Waste Not, Want Not: Just Do What You Can

posted by ronniemcbrayer

“What a waste.” When a young person dies recklessly and unnecessarily, friends gather and respond, “What a waste.” When I spend an afternoon waiting and waiting (and waiting) at the dentist’s office or at the bank I conclude, “What a […]

Sprinkles

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Several years ago I sat with my young son one evening watching his favorite channel: The Cartoon Network. It wasn’t Bugs Bunny or Huckleberry Hound, but it was entertaining enough. After a few laughs Braden reached up with his small […]

Church? Why?

posted by ronniemcbrayer

“Why do you go to church?” someone asked me the other day. That’s a good question. I’ve mulled over an adequate answer more than once in my life. Yes, I have found incredible satisfaction in this thing we call “church.” […]

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posted 4:12:16am Aug. 31, 2012 | read full post »

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My children have returned to school; let the rejoicing begin. But I don't know why they go to school. They know everything already, just like I did when I was their age. See, when I was a kid, I really thought my father was something. I looked ...

posted 4:05:34am Aug. 28, 2012 | read full post »

Step into the Water
My youngest son was baptized recently. I had the honor of dipping his little shaggy head under the river that runs near our home. It wasn't quite like my own baptism, however. When I was his age, however, I was terrified of water. I didn’t ...

posted 4:57:42am Aug. 24, 2012 | read full post »

Vow-Keeping Faith
When the ancients spoke of faith, they used a word that described a signature on a contract or a title deed. Faith was the oath that lay beneath such a document. A buyer may not have yet taken full possession of the property, but the closing ...

posted 4:53:56am Aug. 21, 2012 | read full post »

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