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How to stop a gossip

“Rumor has it…” What is it about having the edge on juicy information? What drives people to be the first to have and share some inside information? If someone starts off a sentence with, “Guess what I heard?” you had better be careful to check that information as truth before sharing it. Why is it we love rumors and gossip? What is even more ironic is that they are both forms of lies. If Satan is the father of all lies (John 8:44) then why do people, Christians especially, run to them sometimes like moths to a flame?

A Lenten reflection

When my father died I was devastated. I was relatively young, as was he, and we were close — even though my parents were divorced and I lived with my mother in another community. The loss was enough to cause me to register shock. One of my coping devices is to compartmentalize, which I did in this case. As a result, I did not have to deal with my emotions until much later.

Conviction verses condemnation

God does not work in condemnation, guilt, and shame. He doesn’t say, “Shame on you” but “shame OFF you.” Condemnation, guilt, and shame are tools of Satan meant to tear you apart. Satan is a thief and his goal is to steal, kill, and destroy your life (John 10:10a).

Lions deal with parity, not panic

The more I hear the question, “What is going on with UAPB?” the simpler the answer is to me — even when a lot of things have occurred that have brought the Arkansas-Pine Bluff football team to its current situation.

Three state titles in one weekend

It is an unique experience to watch three different teams compete for a state championship, but it is something I've done on two separate occasions. In 2010, when I was working for the Saline Courier in Benton, I had to cover four state championships in two days as both Bryant teams, Benton softball and Bauxite baseball made it to the finals in Fayetteville. In the first game on that Friday night, Bryant's Ben Wells pitched a perfect game as the Hornets defeat Van Buren in five innings. Wells now pitches in the Chicago Cubs' minor league system after he gave up a full-ride to the University of Arkansas.