Joe Barnett

An Arm Around Your Shoulder

Jackie Robinson is celebrated as the first African-American to play major league baseball, breaking the color barrier and changing professional sports forever. (Note: Actually, Jackie wasn’t the first black ballplayer in the major leagues. That honor belongs to Moses “Fleet” Walker, way back in 1883. But that’s a history lesson for another time.) Robinson is …

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Attitude Control

Get along with each other, and forgive each other.     —Colossians 3:13 “Inside of me,” said grandpa, “a ferocious fight is going on between two dogs. One is hostile, bristling with anger, hatred, envy, greed, and resentment. The other is peaceful, brimming with joy, love, generosity, serenity, and kindness.” “Which dog wins?” asked his …

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Independence Day

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.         —John 8:36 Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason didn’t—and doesn’t—sit well with Christians. The book argued that the miracle stories in the Bible are nothing but myths. It hammered institutional religion in general and Christianity in particular. Thomas rejected the …

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