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Jesus, the story teller

The Gospel narratives were written as Christian faith documents. Not historical documents. So, where do we find the historical Jesus? I was trained for 30 years as a Christian Scripture scholar to dig for clues. The gospel of Thomas and the Q gospel and the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jewish historian, Josephus, and many other archeological finds have given me a great glimpse. But I have found the parables of Jesus to be hidden gems of historical validity.

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Porch might result in a fishing trip

I guess it started in the late ‘50s and has continued until now. In my opinion, it was a mistake then, and it is a mistake now. What I am talking about as “it,” is building houses without porches. And by porches, I do not mean those narrow little ledges that will barely hold a chair. I mean wide wooded verandas that separate the home from the world. Aside from what I learned at the meal table, I probably had more information imparted to me on porches than at any other one place. Especially was this true about family, relationships, the church, kinfolks and with even a little politics thrown in. Since families no longer gather at meal times, and since very few houses have real porches, it is no wonder that there is very little “family teaching” going on. Perhaps this is why the country is in such a mess.

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Lessons from Tuesday night

The special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District has moved into overtime. A great deal has been written in the past few days about that election, but so much of what was written is garbage. Political reporters outside Georgia decided to just accept the spin of the major parties instead of actually studying the district. Here are a few things to know.

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Only pretending to be a madman

So it turns out Alex Jones was only kidding. That time the radio host and ringmaster of the “Infowars” website said the government brought Ebola into the country to terrorize us? That time he said a Beyonce video was created to start a new civil war, that time he wished gang rape on Jennifer Lopez, those times he suggested the Oklahoma City bombing, the Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of the Boston Marathon were “false flag” operations by the government against the people?

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Coal museum sees future; Trump doesn't

Did you catch this gem on CNN.com from April 6? “The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham, owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, is switching to solar power to save money. … Communications director Brandon Robinson told CNN affiliate WYMT that the project ‘will help save at least eight to ten thousand dollars, off the energy costs on this building alone.’”

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Worse than racists

As a group, black Americans have made the greatest gains — over some of the highest hurdles and in a very short span of time — of any racial group in mankind’s history. What’s the evidence? If one totaled up the earnings of black Americans and considered us as a separate nation with our own gross domestic product, we would rank among the 20 richest nations. It was a black American, Gen. Colin Powell, who once headed the world’s mightiest military. Black Americans are among the world’s most famous personalities, and a few are among the world’s richest people.

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Chelsea Clinton’s cheerleading cult

How thirsty does Variety look begging readers to join it in doing high V cheerleading moves for Chelsea Clinton? Thirstier than an ultra-marathoner lost in Death Valley in mid-July. Hyping the entertainment magazine’s latest cover, Co-Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller gushed this week, “How cool does Chelsea Clinton look on our Power of Women, NY, cover?”

Charles E. Richardson

Annual ‘check up from the neck up’

During this Lenten season it’s customary for many people in Christian denominations to give up something for 40 days. I was never much into that, but I do use the time to do a three step deep dive into self. I think every now and again it’s useful to look inside and see what’s there, just to make sure I’m still on course.

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The ‘War on Drugs’ is back

Looks like the War on Drugs is back. The Washington Post reported Sunday that the new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is preparing a return to the same hardline strategies that have so spectacularly failed to reduce drug use since 1971. Indeed, the nation has spent more than a trillion dollars, made itself the biggest jailer on the planet and yet seen the use, availability and quality of drugs rise like a rocket from a launch pad while the cost dropped like a watermelon from a skyscraper.

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Where belief and history meet in an empty tomb

I have written this column for just over eight years, beginning the second week of February in 2009. Each year on Good Friday, I have written about the monumental significance of this weekend. As Time magazine noted in a survey a few years ago, Easter weekend more often than not ranks as the most important event in human history even among secular historians.

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Metastasizing academic cancer

The average American has little knowledge of the extent to which our institutions of higher learning have been infected with a spreading cancer. One aspect of that cancer is akin to the loyalty oaths of the 1940s and ‘50s. Professors were often required to sign statements that affirmed their loyalty to the United States government plus swear they were not members of any organizations, including the Communist Party USA, that sought the overthrow of the United States government. Fortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down loyalty oaths as a condition of employment in 1964.

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Mature marital bliss

Anyone who has been married more than a week knows that dealing with a wife (perhaps the word “dealing” should be deleted, after all we are not talking about a card game, unless one considers poker) can be a tricky if not dicey situation. “Tricky” meaning the longer you’re married the more she’s into your tricks and “dicey” meaning you may be crazy enough to still try those tricks.

Charles E. Richardson

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest...?

I’ve been watching Georgia Public Broadcasting’s music pledge drives over the last few of weeks and they are about to break my bank. I was already a sustaining member but then Dr. Louis Gates had a special and I upped my pledge. The following night, another special, “Eyes on the Prize” was aired and I almost pledged again, but my wife reminded me I already had the book and the DVD. But it’s the music that really gets to me and the GPB/PBS specials do a fantastic job of creating a time machine full of memories.