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MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: Offended by grace

Who would think someone could be offended by grace? It’s one of the most beautiful things about God’s generosity and our faith. Grace is that wonderful, welcoming forgiveness. It’s what God chooses to bestow upon us as a gift and is what can make life whole when it seems like nothing else will. It’s given to us. It’s free. No charge. More than you could ask for.

Bill increases transparency on local debt

The 84th Legislative Session came to an end on June 1. There were 6,276 bills and 200 constitutional amendments filed this session. Of these, 1,282 bills have passed into law. This week I will write about some of the legislation that was passed this session.

We should rethink guns on college campuses

Yet another movie theater shooting has taken place in Lafayette, Louisiana, and I think back to just last week when I dropped off my 13-year-old daughter and two of her friends at the local movie theater for summer afternoon fun.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, but how?

Wow, what a show, right? If you didn’t catch the GOP debate Thursday night it was something to behold. This debate is aptly being described as the least boring presidential debate perhaps ever. And TV ratings from Thursday night proved it.

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LARRY PHILLIPS: Law seeks to effectively regulate synthetic drugs

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the production, evolution, and sale of synthetic drugs. Informed observers explain that the term “synthetic drugs” is used to describe a wide range of ever-changing man-made chemical products created specifically to mimic the effects of illicit drugs. Recent reports show that the products are often marketed as harmless fragrances and legally sold in convenience stores and online under the guise of incense or potpourri but that the drugs can be as dangerous as many illicit drugs with the same potential to cause adverse life-altering or lethal consequences. Additional concern surrounds the fact that these drugs are generally not detectable on drug tests.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: The great ocean of truth

This Pluto stuff amazes me. Ever since I was a child I have been intrigued by our solar system and space itself. I remember staring up into the sky wondering how big the universe was and debating whether it went on forever or had some end. Neither option really made sense to me which just added to the wonder of it all. So to see pictures of Pluto like we’ve never seen before has just been simply fascinating.

LARRY PHILLIPS: Fireworks and child-care providers

The 84th Legislative Session came to an end on June 1. There were 6,276 bills and 200 constitutional amendments filed this session. Of these, 1,282 bills have passed into law. Over the next few weeks, I will write about some of the legislation that was passed this session.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: I am, says Jesus

In the gospel of John we hear and learn some things about Jesus that we don’t hear in the other gospels. Jesus makes himself known in some very descriptive ways through several statements that begin with, “I am.” “I am the good shepherd,” he tells us. “I am the true vine.” “I am the water of life.” “I am the resurrection and the life.” In the 6th chapter of John there is a long conversation that takes place between Jesus, his followers, and the traditionally religious people after he tells them, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.”

LARRY PHILLIPS: Bills boost benefits for vets

The 84th Legislative Session came to an end on June 1. There were 6,276 bills and 200 constitutional amendments filed this session. Of these, 1,282 bills have passed into law. Over the next few weeks, I will write about some of the legislation that was passed this session.

Man watched Hornsby play at home, in Cincinnati

A rearranging of the little office at my house has produced some early columns that deserve a rewrite today. One is a letter from Denisonian Ed Abshire who remembered watching the Denison great Rogers Hornsby play in Denison, then watching him play in Cincinnati after Abshire moved to that city.