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  •        Last week’s article ended by invoking the image of Christian service the early church practiced.  Their example being based on the social consciousness of the Jewish “church” or religious establishment, which was closely associated with Jewish governance.  The…
    July 21, 2017
  •        The ongoing struggle to come up with a workable health care plan that would include rather than exclude people from participating may be easier if we were to answer a fundamental question.  Are we a compassionate, humane society?        On the surface, many…
    July 14, 2017
  •        I usually try to avoid commenting on politics, but have and will undoubtedly continue to address issues that entail moral as well as public policy with the capacity to impact believers and non-believers alike.  The effects of the world-wide recession is one such topic, the fallout from…
    July 7, 2017
  •         Webster’s defines a disciple as a pupil of another’s ideas and ideals, and a follower as an attendant or one who adheres to another’s beliefs and teachings.  What’s the difference?  It’s ultimately a matter of commitment, yet what a difference…
    June 30, 2017
  •   It is important to note right from the start of this article that a number of scripture references are listed but not written out due to length concerns. I could, as I have in the past, divide this article into two parts but felt, for continuities sake, the information needed to be kept together as…
    June 23, 2017
  •        Benjamin Watson is probably best known as a football player with the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens.  But the professional tight end dabbles in another discipline as well, authoring two books; Under Our Skin and The New Dad’s Playbook.1       …
    June 16, 2017
  •             Do you remember the scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where Indy, his attractive assistant and their arch-enemy are standing before a collection of  beautifully decorated cups; any one of which is the Holy Grail, or the cup used at the last…
    June 9, 2017
  •        Joshua had just listed the opportunities and options the Israelites had for worship and service – contrasting the benefits of Jehovah with the other “gods” of the region.  In challenging them to make a choice and to stand firm in that choice, he declared that regardless…
    June 2, 2017
  •        More and more economists, theologians and Depression Era survivors agree that America’s recent financial crisis had a number of reasons but one basic cause; a bankruptcy of values pertaining to money.  One of the reasons being a scarcity of savings and an over-dependence on credit,…
    May 26, 2017
  •         Heated debate often results from any discussion of self-worth.  Do we derive it simply by being human, due to our relationships with others or by virtue of redemption in Christ alone?  Many say we have no self-worth at all and quote Isaiah 64:6 as biblical evidence. …
    May 19, 2017
  •         Christians in the Western Hemisphere have experienced very little in the way of suffering for an unnaturally long period of time.  (Unless you count being stared at when praying over a meal in public or being made fun of on TV.)  Which is not the case in other parts of the world,…
    May 12, 2017
  •   What does it take to get your attention? You probably think, ‘Not much, I listen pretty well.’ Would your friends and family agree? Before you get mad, let me say you’re both probably right. You undoubtedly listen more than you let on and your parents, in particular, might overstate…
    May 5, 2017
  •        Much is made – and rightly so – of Jesus’ repeated expectation of those who profess belief in him to put substance to their profession and follow him; either by literally following him about the countryside (Mk. 1:17) or by following his instructions and obeying his commands.…
    April 28, 2017
  •         Financial difficulties, while unpleasant, are often blessings in disguise; forcing us to re-evaluate our priorities, re-arrange our schedules, question who we really are – or ought to be – and what we are attempting to accomplish in life.  And even as we see daily…
    April 21, 2017
  •        From Thanksgiving to Christmas, through New Year’s to Easter, giving thanks in one form or another for any number of reasons is a prominent theme; for secularists and Christians alike.  A time when the whole world seems to take stock of the past and then, holding its breath and…
    April 14, 2017

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Fred Price - married (44 years), father of two grown children, grandfather of six.

Attends First Christian Church in Brazil, Indiana, having served as a Deacon and Discipleship Leader for youth. 

Factory worker with a heart for young people and the challenges they face today, thus his participation in his church and this column.

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