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Word Play: Thanksgiving

gratitude word play Nov 23, 2020

G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

Chesterton was always imminently quotable. His quips and epigrams, axioms and jibes, maxims and platitudes, adages and aphorisms abound. But...

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5 kernels of corn & a basket of laundry (The Pilgrims 3)

The first Thanksgiving happened over a year after the passengers who traveled aboard the Mayflower made it to the New World.

Interestingly enough, the group learned quickly that the affairs of everyday life— things such as laundry and meal preparation— were the most pressing. Whereas...

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Isn't It Amazing What We Can Do If We Don’t Really Care Who Gets the Credit?

character gratitude Nov 16, 2020

No man or woman is an island.  There are no successful Lone Rangers—not in business, not in politics, and not in life.  Loose canons foil the best strategies.  Wild cards trump the best intentions.  Feral cells infect the healthiest organisms.  Rogue agents...

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Why the Pilgrims (finally) came to the New World (The Pilgrims 2)

In this episode of the Standfast Cast we continue our conversation from the previous week and discuss WHY the Pilgrims came to the New World in the first place.

By the year 1619, after almost a century of tumult and tribulation, two ships received permission to head to the Americas. One turned...

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How to Handle Critics

controversy hope Nov 09, 2020

There are numerous ways we can receive criticism. And, guaranteed, all criticism shouldn’t be weighed equally. 

Here are what several wise leaders have said about criticism and how to handle it.

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1. “Remember, it is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how...

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100 Years of Clutter Created the First Thanksgiving (The Pilgrims 1)

There’s a lot happening in our current political climate— too many unknowns to list. But, we have much to be thankful for, even as the votes and elections are sorted.

In fact, this is the month when we lean towards the Thanksgiving holiday every year.

Maybe you remember making...

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The Genius of the Electoral College

“Every word of the Constitution ultimately decides a question between power and liberty.”  James Madison

The Founding Fathers would more than likely be surprised by the current controversy over the Electoral College provisions of the Constitution.  Indeed, it was one of the...

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Government begins with you governing you (our "voting" talk)

podcast Oct 29, 2020

This year we look— as we do every four years— at a “historical election.”

Let’s be honest about it. The last one was historical. As was the one before that. And the one before that. And, yes, even the one before that…

In fact, they’re all...

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The 95 Theses and the Unintended Revolution

reformation theology Oct 26, 2020

This week, back in 1517, German theologian Martin Luther carefully recopied the scroll of his soon to be revealed Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences—a document that would be popularly called the Ninety-Five Theses. The next day he would post the scroll, consisting of...

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Un-Erasing Christopher Columbus

podcast Oct 22, 2020

In this episode of the Standfast-cast, George talks with Andy and Ernie, showing them how so much information that we know "believe" and "share" about Christopher Columbus is totally.... get this... wrong.

In fact, most people don't know that Columbus left what we now know as Spain with a...

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