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Do We Still Need the Good News?

Every once in a while a cultural pundit will suggest that our culture is progressing to a point where religion will be unnecessary and/or irrelevant. The thinking behind such an idea seems to be that…
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Rooftop Newsletter: It's That Time Again!

What would each and every one of you respond if you were all asked simultaneously “what time is it?” Chances are the chorus of answers would be pretty cacophonous, given the fact that you reside acro…
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A (Very Short) Ancient Prayer for Christmas Day

English speakers share a rich past of devotional writings. Take a moment to meditate on the following prayer by Thomas Cranmer written in 1549 for Christmas day. Though our lives and languages chang…
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Save Samuel from this heartbreaking choice.

Hot cocoa by the fire. Snowmen and sledding. Frost on windowpanes. As the season turns colder, many Americans bundle up and celebrate the joys of winter. For the nearly 19 million seniors living in …
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My Favorite Reads In 2018

I love books. In my world books movies, books tv shows, books hunting, books building stuff, books most things except sports. (In my world Books = Sports.) Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying th…
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Preparing Your Preschooler for Christmas: Week Three

Children learn, grow and are shaped more in the first five years of life than any other time! What a wonderful opportunity we have as parents to hide the amazing, life-changing Christmas story in the…
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Rooftop Newsletter: Behind the Curtain

by Tom Marullo “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” It’s an iconic line from the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy and her companions discover the true identity of the Wizard and get a glimpse…
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Stephanie Has No Time to Wait - A Message from Meals on Wheels America

Every day, Stephanie gazes out her window. Outside, neighbors chat, children play and cars shuttle families to and fro – life unfolding just beyond her reach. Confined to a wheelchair and unable to …
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Preparing Your Preschooler for Christmas: Week Two

Nathan began a series last week that explains what we are planning to do with our young kids to prepare them for Christmas. We had so much fun at breakfast playing with our “nativity set” (i.e. a mis…
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Preparing Your Preschooler for Christmas

Want a few ideas to help prepare your preschool age child for Christmas? Sure you do, and I’ll give you a few thoughts as to why. Most of us realize that we live in a time and place in which it can b…
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Rooftop Newsletter: Every Thursday

Last Thursday would normally have been the day for our blog post to appear in this space but we knew folks would not be sitting in their offices checking their emails. Last Thursday was, as we all kn…
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Missouri Public Transit Association Elects New Members to Its Board of Directors

The Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA) recently announced the election of Leah Christian, Parking Manager for the City of Columbia, and Laura Machala, Transportation Planner II at the Mid-Ame…
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Black Friday Eve (aka Thanksgiving)

At dinner this evening, a friend of mine pointed out the irony in Black Friday following just one day after Thanksgiving. So we all sit around cozy tables surrounded by friends and family on Thursday…
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Help! What Do I Do When I Don’t Understand the Bible?

Anybody who’s ever read the Bible for any length of time has experienced it. You’re reading along, understanding things well enough. But then, like Han Solo getting hit with a tractor beam aboard the…
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Columbia Holiday Festival 2018

The Holiday Festival is the perfect event for you to get a jump-start on all of your Christmas shopping! Vendors come from across the state and offer a wide-variety of gifts and decorations sure to p…
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