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Columns

  • True Faith: Are you 'almost a Christian?'

    Not too long ago, I was preaching at a funeral service, and one friendly person came up to me after the service and said with what seemed to me, a little bit of tongue in cheek, "I'm almost a Christian." Perhaps his comment resulted from my attempts to persuade those in the audience who were still alive, to turn, and accept Jesus Christ as the only true hope for eternal salvation.

  • Fishing Lines: Fishing? Gators? Hunting? Tough choices for fall

    There are a lot of tough choices to make in the next two months or so, something will have to give.

  • Reflections: Jazz up email with video compression

    There is a technology available that has revolutionized E-mail. Instead of writing E-mail by typing, you can now talk it. And, not only can you talk it, you can also record it live, via video. Thanks to a software program by Aimslab, you can take ordinary AVI files and condense them into extended movies and attach them to your E-mail, or even put them on your web site for viewing online, or for download.

  • True Faith: Who is Jesus?

    Preachers always notice the listeners who are paying careful attention. Our eyes tend to go to the people who are busy looking up passages of scripture whenever a reference is given. Another strong indication of a good listener is when someone in the audience is taking notes. This is different from drawing pictures. The preacher can also notice the eyes that appear to be open, but that bland stare can also indicate that the rhythm and tone of the speaker's voice and the holy atmosphere is putting the person to sleep.

  • Fishing Lines: Last, best shot at scallops

    Last chance at scallops! Scallop season ends Sept. 10. Most people don't realize that September scallops are more plentiful, have bigger meat and some feel the cooler water of September makes them sweeter. Last chance, the next opportunity for fresh scallops will be July 1, 2009. Better go get'em.

    Inshore fishing has literally had the chalkboard erased. After Tropical Storm Fay with torrential rain and 40-plus-knot winds, from three directions I might add, the trout are likely to re-emerge just about anywhere.

  • Reflections: Angel arrives, amid Olympics, elections

    One of the most spectacular events I've seen in a while has been the opening and closing of the Olympics in Beijing. The two performances were nothing short of a spectacular Cirque du Soleil.

    Literally, thousands of people dressed up in lights and exotic costumes, and performed on the floor, on platforms, and in the air suspended from cables. The extravaganza transformed into colorful images to the likes few have ever seen.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Ego surgery, elective

    This piece is about ego and about pain, two human afflictions. Ego is often thought of as I, or id.

    It is most often used by people to measure their self-worth. It is more than just internal. It is a show of possessions, of things, of happenings.

    Many of these showings are expected by society, are a measure of success, usually expressed by physical possessions, costs, appearances, apparent well being. Things to be strived for.

  • True Faith: What's your definition of marriage?

    "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral." (Hebrews 13:4 NIV)

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Dodged the bullet

    Well, it appears that this time we’ve dodged the bullet. Tropical Storm Fay at the time of this writing has turned to the northeast. We’ll get some rain and some breezes, but it doesn’t look as if we’ll get much more. We had some storms last week and the week before and a lot more wind than it’s thought we’ll have this week. Some people somewhere will be getting the brunt of the winds, rains and along the coast, significant storm surges. That is unfortunate. I pray that not many, if any, are hurt by the storm.

  • Reflections: A bunch of things to worry about

    As promised, here is an update on our attempts to adopt another hairy child: My wife is having second thoughts, even after we passed the home visit by the adoption agency. Max, our male sheltie, keeps telling us he is the only dog we will ever need. "But the other dog we have, Molly," he said, "really needs to go. Put her up for adoption. She'd make a good rescue sheltie."