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  •        So said Lord Melbourne, William Wilberforce’s chief opponent in the drive to abolish slavery throughout the British realm.  A sentiment echoed throughout history – up to and including the present – by those who believe religion to be strictly a private affair, having…
    December 15, 2017
  •        The opening statement of an Associated Press editorial titled, “Institution Under Siege,” refers to a cultural debate intrinsically tied to our religious base as a nation.  Leading with the statement, “The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that outlawed state bans on…
    December 8, 2017
  •        So begins Charles Dickens’ novel, The Tale of Two Cities; describing the social, political and moral atmosphere of society in England and France during the mid-1800’s.  It was a time not unlike our own, dealing with issues that at times seemed insurmountable but by…
    December 1, 2017
  •   Children seemed to readily accept and be drawn to Jesus. (Matthew 21:14-16) In return, Jesus often used child-like faith and trust to encourage, teach and even scold his adult listeners. In responding to the question – ‘Who is greatest?’, “He called a little child and had him stand among…
    November 24, 2017
  •        Author Rodney Stark boldly concludes his book, The Rise of Christianity, by asserting “…Christianity brought a new conception of humanity to a world saturated with capricious cruelty and the vicarious love of death.”1  (As in the “spectacle”…
    November 17, 2017
  •        To proclaim the substitutionary death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the purpose and function of the church.  And there is no more simple yet graphic way to do so than participating in the memorial service of communion; which had, has and always should have a central…
    November 10, 2017
  •      Many social issues divide our culture and churches today, my intent here is not to address each one.  Suffice it to say that our Bible deals in a straight-forward manner with most of them and must be adhered to.  Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, wouldn’t at first glance seem…
    November 3, 2017
  •        Doesn’t that seem a bit odd?  To proclaim the death of an individual and the apparent defeat of their cause, as a victory?  That’s part of the uniqueness of Christ’s gospel; winning by losing, living through dying. (Mat. 10:39) His power revealed in death’s…
    October 27, 2017
  •        Have you ever received contradictory advice?  Grow up – but not too fast.  You need to take on more responsibility – but not too much.  You need to act like an adult – yet have fun as a kid.  Part of the problem is in your perception, part of it is in…
    October 20, 2017
  •         Jennifer Braceras recently wrote an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal that every college-age woman would benefit from reading.  In it she suggests some common-sense ideas on how to protect oneself from harm; like not getting drunk and going home with men you don’t…
    October 13, 2017
  •        Last week we tried to identify the merits of a “Christian” church.  In continuing that study, I hope to encourage you in your search for one – as well as suggest active involvement in a community of believers that will aid you in your college and after-college experience…
    October 6, 2017
  •        This article arises out of a concern of mine over church attendance and preference among our newly “liberated” youth.  Although this may appear to be directed at those students attending school away from home, at times some of our “home-bound” students…
    September 29, 2017
  •        I don’t read news magazines on a weekly basis, but do try to watch for stories that pertain to Christian thought and practice. A  Newsweek cover story some time back certainly did that, claiming to have ‘The Religious Case For Gay Marriage’ within…
    September 22, 2017
  •         Have you ever noticed the sometimes inconsistent and even contradictory reporting from the news media?  In the not-too-distant past the big news was that people weren’t saving enough, harming themselves and the economy.  But then, within days, the experts were bemoaning…
    September 15, 2017
  •         This belief is at the heart of our brotherhood’s refusal to create another denomination, choosing instead to join together in a loose confederacy of believers who none-the-less share a common faith and cooperate with one another in advancing the Gospel.  Having no centralized…
    September 8, 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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