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Posted Monday, May 9, at 11:15 AM
I remember that long line of tea pots lining the wall atop the "sideboard" in my grandmother's dining room. There were pots that looked like chickens and milk cows and all different types of farm animals. Some were beautifully floral in design; some had gold trim and a shiny surface that looked polished and refined. Others - like the corn teapot - had salt and pepper shakers and a corn cob shaped butter dish to go along with them...

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Peace ... Be Still
Posted Wednesday, April 27, at 7:51 AM

Last night I was watching and listening to reports of storms, tornadoes, flooding and large hail in a variety of locations across the country and, later, listening to the storm blow through here at home. It always leaves me with a feeling that tends to be hard to describe...

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Every Now and Again
Posted Wednesday, April 27, at 7:44 AM

Every now and again, I get a little frustrated with everything going on in the world - the election mess, the terrorists, the wars, the earthquakes - and I take a little break by going to what is known in the modern day vernacular as my "happy place" in the hills of north-central Arkansas...

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Blood and Carnage ... and Vigilance
Posted Wednesday, March 30, at 9:56 AM

Twenty-four hours after the morning called a "time of blood and carnage" by several television correspondents reporting from Brussels, I find myself compelled once again to remind everyone that those actions which have taken place - and that are taking place -- can - and probably will - happen on American soil any time...

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Cleansing the Temple
Posted Wednesday, March 30, at 9:34 AM

After Jesus made his way into Jerusalem at the beginning of what we call "Holy Week" - after the throngs welcomed him with palm branches and hosannas and "Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord" - he went to the temple, his Father's house. What He found there caused him great concern - so much so that he became what some might call enraged...

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A Stirring
Posted Thursday, March 3, at 11:50 AM

There are times when you stand outside and begin to look around. Off in the distance you see dark clouds gathering, ominous and threatening and moving quickly. You might take time to size up how far you think the storm might be from your own location; who or what might be in the storm's path; the intensity of the storm; how long you have to prepare; and what the best course of action might be...

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I'd Hammer Out Danger ...
Posted Friday, February 19, at 12:05 PM

I'd Hammer Out Danger ... The Bible warns of "wars and rumors of war" and "earthquakes in divers places" as sign of the beginning of the end. Men and women have taught for years that we are at the very threshold of the "end times" and that we should all be preparing for the coming season of woes. I'm not sure where I stand on all that...

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The Troubadour
Posted Wednesday, January 20, at 9:59 AM

I am one of those folks who remember things that happened 40 years ago like it was yesterday but somehow can't remember where I put my car keys this morning. But I can remember when I first heard that song. It was early summer 1972. I had been at my grandparent's place outside of Mountain View with my uncle and we were headed back to Kansas City. ...

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Fifty-Eight in Forty-One
Posted Tuesday, November 3, at 9:05 AM

I recently awoke in the "middle of the night" and glanced at the clock to see what time it was. Through the grogginess I saw the red digital numbers staring back at me and couldn't believe my eyes. The clock read 1941 -- or so it appeared. I spent the rest of the night thinking about what it would have been like to be 58 years old in 1941. What would the world have looked like? What would I have witnessed in my lifetime leading up to 1941?...

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What a Party
Posted Wednesday, September 23, at 10:56 AM

Well, I promised you a follow-up about our Nashville trip, so I will try. To put it simply, the trip was amazing. We went to visit the Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ol' Opry, and to be a part of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 50th Anniversary Celebration. But we got so much more than we thought possible. Suffice it to say I will run out of (and repeat) many superlatives during the course of this column...

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Back to the "Mother Church"
Posted Thursday, September 17, at 3:44 PM

When I was younger -- a kid probably -- my parents used to gather us up every other Sunday afternoon and take us to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in the "other" Kansas City- the one across the viaduct in Kansas. On those afternoons I was introduced to a world I would learn to appreciate more than I could have imagined way back then...

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Waiting ... Maybe Not So Patiently
Posted Friday, September 4, at 3:13 PM

I know it's just a tease ... so I'm trying not to get too excited. Those of you that read this column on a regular basis should know I am generally a pretty loving guy. In fact, you probably know I particularly love three things: my heavenly father; my family; and ... wait for it ... (drum roll please) ... autumn. (There are probably more -- and I apologize if I left someone or something out of my list)...

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Tomato Talk
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 1:06 PM

It was a simple statement, really. "Seems like no one's tomatoes aren't doing very well this year." Before long we were talking about zucchini and okra and poke salad. Who knew poke salad would ever be a topic of conversation in Marshall, Missouri, circa 2015?...

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Somebody Stop the World
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 1:04 PM

As you know, I usually have plenty to say. But I'm just not sure WHAT to say right now. All I know is that it seems the world has gone crazy ... And I mean it this time! All three branches of our government seem to have lost their collective mind. Purchasing and owning guns is close to becoming a criminal offense while people from all around the world -- mostly from the Middle East -- are coming to our shores to murder those who are not allowed to carry guns, or those who choose not to, or both.. ...

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The Book of Our Lives
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 1:02 PM

Chapters ... Seems like that's what life is -- just a bunch of chapters made up of pages that turn into stories and then into books. We can look back on the "chapters" we have lived -- the stories we have written through our living of life - and we can try to plan what the rest of the chapters might look like...

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The Road No Longer Traveled
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 1:00 PM

In eastern Arizona, along the loop that takes you from the interstate into the Petrified Forest, there stands a historical plaque marking the way westward. From that point, looking above and beyond the marker, lies a somewhat desolate stretch of dirt, lava rock, red dust and pieces of rock formed over the years from ancient trees...

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Thoughts about the church
Posted Friday, April 24, at 10:37 AM

Lately I've been thinking a lot about the church. Not our church, but THE church. I hear people talking about the church from time to time. And some of it isn't very nice. I think, however, if we all had a better understanding of what The Church really is, we might not be so quick to judge...

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Among the unemployed
Posted Thursday, April 9, at 8:19 AM

I took a little walk on the Inter-Webs and found the following information about the word "unemployed." As an adjective, the term primarily means: not employed; without a job; out of work. As a noun, the word -- when used with a plural verb -- refers to people who do not have jobs (usually preceded by the word the)...

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Nani and Little Bear: Quite the Pair
Posted Friday, March 27, at 12:37 PM

She's a real corker. And he's quite a little go-getter himself. But when they are together, they are magic. At 80, she still gets around well enough to accompany one of her granddaughters on a shopping trip to Columbia or a doctor's visit in Sedalia. She spends a lot of time reading and doing find-the-word types of puzzles. She taps her foot along with the beat of the music when Marty Robbins' cowboy songs are playing on the stereo in the living room...

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The times, they are a-changin'
Posted Wednesday, March 18, at 1:59 PM

Isn't that the way it goes? Just when you get used to doing something a certain way, things change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. The problem is, most of the time you can't tell the "better" from the "worse" right off the bat. So we learn, hopefully, to roll with the changes -- especially those we have no control over...

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Bob Stewart is pastor of Union Baptist Church. His long-running column ranges in topic from matters of faith to observations about life in Saline County, politics and the sights to see in travels throughout America.
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