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Good News Bad News

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Throughout November we’re taking an in-depth look at Ruth, the little book that helped pave the way for God’s Messiah to come into the world. “There’s good news and there’s bad news.” That’s the premise for a number of classic jokes, including the one about the two best buddies who spent a lifetime enjoying baseball.  They both wondered if there… Read more »

The Hinge May Be Small

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Throughout November we’re taking an in-depth look at Ruth, the little book that helped pave the way for God’s Messiah to come into the world. Eleven years ago this fall, the Buffalo Bills – at that time one of the least competitive franchises in the National Football League – had a golden opportunity to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of… Read more »

Not a Chance

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Throughout November we’re taking an in-depth look at Ruth, the little book that helped pave the way for God’s Messiah to come into the world. According to the principle of Chekov’s Gun, there are no extraneous details in great stories. The Russian writer Anton Chekov (1860-1904) advised young playwrights, “If you reveal in the first act that there is a… Read more »

Close Calls

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Life is full of close calls. I’m reminded of that when my family wades into one of those “Remember when…?” conversations that inevitably dredges up childhood near-misses. There was the day, for example, when I got too close to the neighbor’s burning brush pile while wearing my Davey Crockett-era frontier suit.  Unbeknownst to me, the fringes caught on fire.  An… Read more »