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Gary L. Welton

    Wed, January 03, 2018

    Political Intrigue of 1968

    My political interests were sparked at age 11, half a century ago, during one of the most interesting campaign seasons in recent American history. In my home we had neither a newspaper nor a news ...

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    Thu, October 05, 2017

    Puerto Rico: Lessons for the Homeland

    I have had two envious work assignments in Puerto Rico, one on the northern coast and one on the southern. My experiences in both cases were picturesque and charming, as I enjoyed pleasant Caribbean ...

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    Wed, September 13, 2017

    Church at Worst, Best

    Churches are havens and shelters for needy humans. They contain no perfect specimens. Nevertheless, they are held to high standards and are embarrassed when their building doors are locked during a ...

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    Thu, August 31, 2017

    100% Pro-Life

    In 1992, presidential candidate Bill Clinton argued that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” By contrast, a March 27, 2017 article in The Washington Times was entitled, “Safe, Legal and ...

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    Mon, July 24, 2017

    Transcending Gender Stereotypes

    Adolescence was tough on me. I was a total geek, in an era before that was cool. I was a social misfit, totally uncomfortable in my high school setting. I worked out a deal with my parents and the ...

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    Wed, March 29, 2017

    Political Center is Almost Dead

    Last month, while interviewing former senator Jim Webb, "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd labeled Webb "a rare and dying breed. A centrist and a moderate." Todd also suggested that ...

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    Wed, March 01, 2017

    My Church as a Social Club

    Don't get me wrong. Churches are much more than just social clubs. Yet the evidence suggests that our churches need to be social clubs.

    One of our concerns as ...

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    Thu, January 12, 2017

    Praying for You Right Now

    Social media is used today for every purpose (and many of the posts are not particularly prosocial). Too many of the "news" stories have been slanted so far (sometimes to the right, and ...

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    Thu, December 22, 2016

    Whatever Happened to Family Friendly News?

    It seemed like a good idea. Prepare a national news broadcast that parents can watch with their children without fear of trauma, nightmares, or lewdness. If I can watch the news with my children, ...

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    Mon, November 14, 2016

    Why Were Presidential Polls Wrong?

    The election-night coverage of the 2016 vote began with images of the Clinton campaign team gathering in the Javits Center–under the symbolic glass ceiling. Hillary Clinton supporters were ...

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    Fri, September 23, 2016

    Don't Box In Our Freedom

    C. J. Box is a New York Times best-selling author. Although he has published some stand-alone novels, he is best known for his Joe Pickett series. The 17th Joe Pickett novel is scheduled for release ...

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    Fri, September 02, 2016

    Storm Clouds on the Horizon

    In predictable economic times, it makes sense–indeed it is essential–to put money aside and save for the coming rainy day. Trouble is brewing for ...

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    Tue, July 26, 2016

    Seeing Through Rose Colored Glasses

    Mary Poppins was "practically perfect in every way," except that Mary Poppins isn't real. I fall very short of "practically perfect" in any way, every single day. I do things I ...

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    Thu, June 09, 2016

    We Need Each Other

    My heart aches over the stories I hear about heroin overdoses. Local fathers post stories about their sons and daughters, fatal victims of the heroin market. Police conduct raids. The illegal ...

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    Thu, December 03, 2015

    Pervasive Egocentrism

    In "Pleading Guilty," best-selling novelist Scott Turow wrote, "What kind of ethical social system takes as its fundamental precepts the words 'I' 'me' and 'mine'? Our two-year-olds ...

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    Thu, October 29, 2015

    A New Verb: To Concuss

    Of course, it's not a new verb; it's in older dictionaries. I have been hearing it much more frequently, however, and I am becoming alarmed.
    We as a society are much more aware of the risks of ...

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    Wed, October 14, 2015

    Humility in New Hampshire

    In his 1850 short story, "The Great Stone Face," Nathaniel Hawthorne described the legend of the Old Man of the Mountain: "At some future day, a child should be born hereabouts, who ...

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    Tue, September 29, 2015

    Refugees and Moral Crisis of National Debt

    As a college student, in an era when college tuition was much lower, I was able to pay my college bills without taking any loans. First, I had the support of my parents. They paid my bill in full for ...

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    Mon, September 14, 2015

    Life Expectancy and Social Security

    According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, life expectancy in the United States is the longest ever, approaching 79 years. This was highlighted in the recent Time ...

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    Mon, August 24, 2015

    A Faint Analogy of an Unimaginable Heaven

    A pastor friend of mine, not trying to be irreverent or sacrilegious, once shared with me his own faint analogy of eternal hell–waking up every day and discovering yet again that it was moving ...

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    Mon, August 03, 2015

    Can You Trust Scientific Research?

    A recent story in the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that Michael LaCour, a UCLA graduate student, has fabricated data for another journal article. Science magazine has retracted the article, ...

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    Tue, July 14, 2015

    Christian Response to Terrorism

    On 9/11, 2,977 people were killed by terrorists. In response, the American government, after a bipartisan vote, decided to attack Afghanistan and Iraq. As a consequence, a huge number of countless ...

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    Tue, June 02, 2015

    Self Control Running on Empty

    Self-control is more important than self-esteem. The ability to control one's activities is more predictive of success than is intelligence. When it comes to self-control, research supports Ralph ...

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    Mon, May 04, 2015

    Socialization as a Religions Phenomenon

    Every home schooling parent has been asked the S-Question: "What about socialization?" The implications (real or imagined) of the question are less than flattering:

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    Wed, April 15, 2015

    Great Expectations?

    "If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered them in vain, indeed you have lived in vain."

    -Solzhenitsyn from "Cancer ...

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    Mon, March 02, 2015

    An Educational Culture

    The basic problem with America's educational system is not that college is too expensive. Nor is the basic problem that public school teachers are underpaid or that educators are poorly trained. The ...

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    Fri, January 30, 2015

    I Am A Conservative Western Christian

    In my political views, I consider myself to be a conservative American. In my religious beliefs, I consider myself to be a conservative Christian. I am a conservative Western Christian. Sometimes, ...

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    Mon, January 12, 2015

    Authority and Accountability

    America is not a police state. This is not a country in which the arm of justice is empowered to pursue arbitrary and selfish goals. Instead, America is a land of laws that restrict harm, damage, ...

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    Tue, December 23, 2014

    Dickens Christmas Mystery

    For fun Christmas reading this season, I highly recommend John Grisham's "Skipping Christmas," or Maeve Binchy's "This Year It Will Be Different." For a more thought-provoking ...

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    Tue, November 25, 2014

    My Imperfect Thanks

    Christian psychologist David Myers, in his writing and speaking about happiness, has suggested that long-term human happiness is not particularly dependent on our wealth or health. If you tell him ...

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    Wed, October 29, 2014

    A Challenge to College Students

    Full-time employment across the developed world is generally defined as 40 to 44 hours per week. The expectations are lower in some countries, such as France, where full-time employment is set at 35 ...

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    Mon, September 22, 2014

    Scotland: May We All Live Free

    The important cultural analysis by Geert Hofstede, conducted in the 1970s and 80s, and impacting many research paradigms since, concluded that the United States is the most individualistic culture in ...

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    Wed, September 10, 2014

    Designing History: The Identity of the 21st Century

    Our primary focus in December of 1999 was Y2K. Would the computer systems handle the millennial change? Might we suffer from serious computer snafus? ...

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    Mon, August 25, 2014

    Cell Phones While Driving?

    According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 14 states have enacted laws against hand-held use of cell phones by all drivers. These 14 states ...

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    Mon, August 11, 2014

    Retirement: A New and Different Form of Work

    Both financial and physical well-being in retirement require foresight and planning. Although far too many people fail to plan their financial resources, perhaps even more people fail to plan how to ...

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    Wed, July 16, 2014

    The VA Scandal: Federal Failure

    Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records ...

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    Tue, June 24, 2014

    Tragedy to End All Tragedies

    The Great War (sometimes in America it was termed the European War) was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 100 years ago this week, on June 28, 1914. The war was a ...

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    Fri, June 13, 2014

    Daddy, Daddy I'm Doing OK

    I took my first CPR course as a young adult, as required by my employer. I had taken an entry level job as a residential manager (houseparent), working with handicapped adults in a small group home ...

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    Mon, April 28, 2014

    Your Trash, My Spring Yard Work

    After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, I perused the lawn and enjoyed the various signs of spring. A few crocuses were already in bloom. The ...

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    Thu, April 17, 2014

    Forgiveness Incarnate

    On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate.
    Our responsibility to ...

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    Fri, March 21, 2014

    Mother Nature

    News stories from around the country focus on blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, droughts, and other natural disasters. It seems that we live at the mercy of Mother Nature. We do not control our ...

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    Wed, February 12, 2014

    Mind Control

    Ten degrees, below zero. Bitter wind chills. Snow to shovel. Nasty head cold. Stuffy and sneezy. Coughing. But I choose to control my thinking. I choose not to ruminate on todays' struggles, real and ...

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    Wed, January 29, 2014

    Can You Ready This Essay?

    If you are still following along, then you can answer in the affirmative. According to a recent CNN article, however, a surprising number of the college athletes we watch playing basketball or ...

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    Thu, January 09, 2014

    Alone Again

    Our elderly church member and friend had been widowed, again. When we visited his home, we saw that he had written on his calendar, "Alone again." He was a man of strong faith, and he was ...

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    Tue, December 31, 2013

    Another New Year's Resolution?

    For many years, on January 1, I resolved to practice a more active and healthy lifestyle; instead, I experienced consistent failure.

    The American College of Sports ...

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    Tue, December 10, 2013

    Equations of Christmas

    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season's Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas.
    Being at our season of life, in those ...

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    Wed, November 27, 2013

    A Transformational Thanksgiving

    Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new subdiscipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question ...

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    Wed, October 16, 2013

    Teenage Sex a Family Affair?

    According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may have more wisdom than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) ...

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    Fri, September 20, 2013

    Living Our Lives 'Under God'

    The American Humanist Association has renewed the efforts of some atheists to remove the words "under God" from our Pledge of Allegiance. The organization argued recently in the ...

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    Thu, September 05, 2013

    Parental Knowledge: Blind Spots

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) frequently airs public-service announcements suggesting that parents should be talking to their children about the dangers of drugs. This is based on ...

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    Tue, July 30, 2013

    Intentional Dementia

    During Mother's last few months, conversations were extremely difficult to follow because her mind seamlessly switched from one decade to another. Isaac Singer writes, "Sometimes she'd tangle ...

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    Mon, July 08, 2013

    Essential Parenting

    If you believe everything you read, then kids are doomed. If both of their parents work outside the home, then it's hopeless. If one parent is a pastor, then forget about it. If one parent is ...

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    Wed, May 08, 2013

    My Inheritance

    The great 20th century novelist Chaim Potok wrote, in his novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, "You have a gift, Asher Lev. You have a responsibility." My Mom had a gift of 89 years, 89 years to ...

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    Wed, April 24, 2013

    Academic Freedom, Civility, and the Name of Jesus

    Recently, a self-proclaimed Christian instructor at Florida Atlantic University asked his students to write "Jesus" on a piece of paper and step on it. The exercise was from a textbook ...

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    Wed, March 27, 2013

    True Happiness

    One of the most famous opening lines in literature comes from Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina: "All happy families are like one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

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    Tue, December 18, 2012

    Time of Giving, Giving of Time

    Christ is quoted, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Therein is one of life's toughest lessons. How do we teach our children the habit of giving?

    We know that social ...

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    Tue, December 04, 2012

    The Dividends of Self Control

    As Christmas approaches, Americans are once again spending a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the importance of self-control in our lives.

    Experience, an ...

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    Wed, November 26, 2008

    I'm Positive About Parenting

    Both our media and our politicians tell us that it is a terrible time to rear children. As parents, we are tempted to sing, "Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way?" We ...

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