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Nicest Wedding Present
Is it possible that some people mess around so much in trying to interpret the...
Set Free
A few years ago they brought the oldest living alumni of our school back. He...
Knowing the Tune
Mark Twain used to swear a blue streak and his good Christian wife put up with...
Give Her the Gas!
Now that I’m getting old I sometimes sit with old people — which means...
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Nicest Wedding Present

Is it possible that some people mess around so much in trying to interpret the religion of the first century that they don’t have to practice it in the twenty-first century? Was Jerry Lewis right when he said the nicest wedding present given to him was a motion picture film of the ceremony? When things would get bleak in their marriage, he retires to his study, locks the door from the inside, puts the...

Set Free

A few years ago they brought the oldest living alumni of our school back. He was ninety-six. They didn’t know what to do with him, so they invited him to chapel. In an unguarded moment, one of the faculty asked, “Would you like to speak to the students?” He said, “Yes!” And I said, “Good heavens, he’ll be longer than I am.” They draped him over the pulpit and he looked out at the students...

Knowing the Tune

Mark Twain used to swear a blue streak and his good Christian wife put up with it for thirty years. When they moved into that beautiful house in Hartford, Connecticut she decided she was going to be done with Mark’s swearing. So one day, when he nicked himself shaving, he let go with a classic paragraph and the whole room turned purple. She walked over to him, looked up at him, and repeated every word he...

Give Her the Gas!

Now that I’m getting old I sometimes sit with old people — which means anybody who’s two years older than I am. I sat with an old bird in our town the other day and asked, “Anything interesting ever happen to you?”  He said, “Naw,” but there was a twinkle in his eye. I said, “Come on.” He said, “In the 1920s I ran a gas station between Concord and Lexington.  One day I was sitting...

The Campaign to Fund the H...

In April 2013, the first meeting of the Harrell Beck Committee met in Boston to begin planning the launch of the School of Theology’s “Campaign to Fund the Harrell Beck Chair.” Launched after Harrell’s death 27 years ago, it’s hoped that the remaining funds (approximately $350k) can be raised in relatively short order. When asked how the “Chair” works, Director of...

What’s Good for the World...

I belong to a culture that has lived by the assumption that “What’s good for us is good for the world.” It is touch and go as to whether we will be able to make the transition to the proposition that “What would be good for the world would be good for us.” I love my country. I love my flag – but I would like to serve my nation with my conscience. I’m smart enough to know that a real patriot...

No Commercial Value

I was at the University of British Columbia — went with a student pastor out to lunch.  He said, “It’s gonna take a few minutes extra. I gotta go by the post office to get to lunch.”  I said, “What are we going to the post office for?”  He said, “I’m gonna mail an American parishioner back to the United States.”  I said, “Where is he?”  He said, ”In the little brown box on...

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