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Growing Writers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Laura Belknap   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

What makes a great writer?  Over the years, we've used a number of different activities and texts.  What helped the most?  I polled my students--who range from college age to teens--to see what they thought.  The results were interesting.

While the early activities we shared and the texts we used probably had at least some role to play, our students credited other things for their success: developing strong reading skills, getting to write on topics that were important to them, having a writing buddy for advice and encouragement, analyzing others' papers, and studying a foreign language. 

As We See Things PDF Print E-mail
Written by Don Lowry   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

“For you are still carnal. For where [there are] envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like [mere] men?” (1Cor. 3:3 NKJV)

A fellow minister and friend Dr. J. Gordon Henry, who conducts Prayer Seminars for churches and ministries nationally and internationally, laments that most churches fail to have vital prayer ministries because their members are largely “carnal.”


While I understand what Dr. Henry is saying and lament the same possibility, I think that many, who profess Christianity as their personal Faith, may actually be “carnal,” which means fleshly, in a different sense than it is commonly understood.

The Republican Civil War PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

The GOP Establishment vs. Grassroots Conservatives

On Saturday, June 21, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told approximately a thousand evangelical leaders at the annual convention of the Faith and Freedom Coalition that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S with people ready for “a hostile takeover” of the nation’s capital. Jindal hit hardest on President Obama and other Democrats, accusing them of waging a war against religious liberty and education. However, there is also a war within the Republican Party that is becoming more visible and fiercely fought in Republican Congressional primaries. 

Johnny Mann PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keith Crowe   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

johnny-mann_Page-11I wrote about this artist a few  years ago and last week he left this world for a far better one, so I thought it would be good to take a look back at a friend and fellow artist.

His name is Johnny Mann. Johnny was born in Maryland and spent his childhood there. His mother raised him and his siblings on money received from teaching music, so one would have to believe that Johnny would at some point follow the path of music set by his mother, and follow he did. He learned music as a child and carried that over to his military days by playing in the Air Force Band. This was not just any band but was commissioned to play at special events around the country.

Let Freedom Ring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

Let Freedom Ring,
Oh, Great God our King,
Let Freedom Ring!

The lines above are the last three lines of My Country Tis of Thee, which for 100 years was one of three unofficial national anthems of the United States,  until the Star-Spangled Banner was made the official national anthem in 1932. The other was Hail Columbia, written by Philip Phile in 1789 for the inauguration of George Washington. Hail Columbia has since become the Vice-President’s official march. My Country ‘Tis of Thee uses the music of the British national anthem, God Save the Queen, but the American words were composed in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1831 by Samuel Francis Smith. It was first sung on July 4, 1831, at an Independence Day celebration for children on Park Street in Boston.

Is Lindsey Graham a Conservative? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

Then Why Are Liberal PACs Spending Millions to Elect Him?

I am a North Carolinian, but I live 10 miles as the crow flies from the South Carolina border and 18 miles by road. My great grandfather and his father were born near Fountain Inn, South Carolina. I have family in South Carolina who vote. My wife and I frequently shop in South Carolina, and our favorite vacation spot is Charleston. Hence I have an interest in South Carolina politics.

For many weeks now I have heard radio advertisement after advertisement claiming that Lindsey Graham is a conservative. My brother in Myrtle Beach, who spent most of his working career as a marketing research consultant, counted Graham ads approximately every ten minutes on Fox Cable News and about one every 30 minutes on a radio talk station. Senator Graham’s advertising saturates the airways so thoroughly that it raises an important question: Who is pouring so much money into re-electing Graham to the U.S. Senate and why?

Common Core Isn’t the Issue PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Thompson   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

I don’t want to talk about “Common Core.” Neither did I want to talk about “No Child Left Behind.” It seems to me that we are surrendering a critical part of the entire education debate without a fight if we even discuss a federally mandated program. That is putting the cart before the horse. How about we back up and first discuss whether any program coming from the US Department of Education (DOE) is legal. I am not mincing words here; it is my firm belief that there is no constitutional basis for the existence of the entire federal DOE. Therefore, anything they do is illegal…and we should ignore it.

At a minimum we certainly have a basis for asking the question: what article of the constitution establishes the legal foundation for the federal government to be involved in education? My reading of the document is that it says clearly the only power given to the federal government is enumerated, spelled out, and what is not is “left to the states and to the people.” Show me where it says education is a prerogative of the federal government? Simply put, you can’t. Anyone would be hard pressed to make a legal argument justifying the federal DOE by connecting dots back to the Constitution.


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