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Is faith necessary?

How much weight do you put on faith? Do you look down on people who don’t believe the way you do? I used to feel sorry for Protestants. I’m not kidding. My Catholic faith was so strong that I pitied those who couldn’t believe in the pope and the Eucharist and us priests who could erase sin like chalk marks from the blackboard. However, many of my Protestant friends used to pity me because I didn’t believe their way. Both of us thought that faith (our own way, of course,) was the essence of Christianity and the only path to salvation.

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One thing is guaranteed, the ‘Age of Trump’ begins today

At seven o’clock this morning, a moving van will open its doors on the west side of the south lawn of the White House and workers will begin carting out the personal belongings of President Obama. Thirty minutes later another moving van will pull up on the east side of the south lawn and begin unloading the personal belongings of President Trump. The Map Room will serve as the holding area for the Obama’s belongings and the China Room will serve as the holding area for the Trump’s belongings.

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Rising from the Trumpkin patch

Sometimes, you’ve got to go through it to get to it. That’s a personal motto with which I have occasionally consoled myself since I was a teenager. It means that for as much as we naturally seek to avoid the unpleasant situation, to find a way over or around it, there are times in this life when the only option is to go through it, to endure the unendurable thing and pick up the pieces on the other side. That philosophy has succored me through breakups, deaths and career reversals. I find myself turning to it again to gird for the inauguration of the 45th president.

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January brings out the ‘BEST’

January is always an exciting month here at Harmon Plaza, a really impressive 1,800-square foot brick home with two baths, a footstool, carport and backyard and today — a cat and a dog starved for attention as I’ve been gone a few days throwing rye grass over mom’s yard. We do that every year so I’ll have something to mow when I return. There’s something about the smell of fresh mowed rye grass that turns me on, even at this age. Or maybe it’s the riding lawn mower. But I digress.

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Am I going to heaven?

People my age think about this. Death is coming, and then what? Most of us put hell aside; we consider the burning flames to be a myth that was created by clerics to scare us into being good. The Old Testament calls it Sheol, that dark watery place where ghosts wander about. The New Testament calls it either Gehenna, the garbage pit that burned outside of the walls of Jerusalem, or the Greek term Hades, which corresponds to Sheol. So, we dismiss hell, but what about heaven?

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The three boundaries of faith to be a Christian

With all the other stuff to write about this week, I find myself keeping a promise to a reader if only to avoid further ambush at the grocery store. Last weekend, a reader cornered me in Publix and sternly insisted I needed to dedicate this column to rebutting Bill Cummings on a weekly basis. I find Bill’s columns fascinating. I would never use this column to regularly rebut others here and I find it intriguing to see how those who have fallen away from the faith, but maintain a connection to it, see it.

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Stand against gaslighting

Jordan Hall, Tesfaye Cooper, Britanny Covington, Tanishia Covington, John R.K. Howard and Dylann Roof. Some of these folks are more familiar to us than others but all of them have done something quite horrible. Of course Roof is well known for his murderous act of killing the Charleston Nine. Howard, along with two companions, raped a disabled teammate and the others videotaped themselves torturing a disabled young man whom they held captive.

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Who was the historical Jesus?

“Jesus is both God and man.” This is the central mystery of Christianity: ludicrous to a Jewish nation who acknowledged only one God, but perfectly acceptable to Greeks and Romans whose gods were both men and women. Fortunately for this doctrine, Christianity broke away from its Jewish roots and flourished in the Greek islands and Roman territories. Jesus was immediately accepted as both human and divine.

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From hands to heads to hearts

Software has started writing poetry, sports stories and business news. IBM’s Watson is co-writing pop hits. Uber has begun deploying self-driving taxis on real city streets and, last month, Amazon delivered its first package by drone to a customer in rural England.