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  1. ​Reaching the Masses​

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    October 20, 2011 by Steven Worden

    By Steven Worden ​We see them on TV frequently: preachers speaking in front of huge crowds packed into arenas. We listen as they hawk their latest books, CDs and DVDs. Although some may gripe at these pastors’ mass appeal or their marketing, these preachers are actually following in the footsteps of a long and proud tradition of preachers. For example, in the 18th century, Rev. George Whitefield drew crowds of tens of thousands. They were usually working class, to the dismay of their betters. Some critics were so angered by his message and delivery that they threw rotten fruit or dead cats at him, according to a Christianity.com article.

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  2. The Great Annual Migration

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    October 6, 2011 by Steven Worden

    By Steven Worden It’s that time of year again: crisp, bright mornings, leaves turning crimson and gold, and once again, the full-throttled rumbling of hundreds of motorcycles can be heard across our land. The Greater Noctule bat flies great distances in search of its prey; the pink-footed goose annually glides across the sea from Iceland to Britain. The Sockeye Salmon struggles up fish ladders to find its way back to the same stream where it was hatched, and the hard-skulled, black-jacketed biker makes his annual fall migration back to Northwest Arkansas.

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  3. The Motorcycle Ride

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    October 4, 2011 by Steven Worden

    It was eighty years ago today on September 22, 1931, C.S. Lewis set out on what can only be described as a remarkable motorcycle ride to the Whipsnade Zoo. Riding in a sidecar on his brother “Warnie” Lewis’s motorcycle, Lewis recalled, “When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did.”

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  4. So, What’s the Point, Anyway?

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    September 1, 2011 by Steven Worden

    Okay, one morning you’re sitting at the breakfast table happily munching away on your Wheaties and one of your kids glances over at you and asks you with undisguised frustration, “What is the point of it, anyway?”

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  5. Optimism of the Will

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    August 24, 2011 by Steven Worden

    Let’s see: we are stuck in three wars, crushed by debt, faced with high unemployment and a deranged stock market, and all the while we sizzle like a chunk of back fat in a hot iron skillet. So, what do we do? Despair? Brood? Sink into depression? Not hardly.

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  6. Explaining Horror

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    August 6, 2011 by Steven Worden

    In keeping with my usual summer ritual, this past Sunday I bathed my dogs, scrubbing them for fleas and ticks. I recalled how I gave the larger dog, Anthony, his first bath many years earlier and how he had eyed me skeptically as I struggled to get him into the tub for the first time.

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  7. The Demise of a Sacred Space

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    July 22, 2011 by Steven Worden

    Will someone please turn Texas over? To borrow from the last words of the martyr St. Lawrence as he was being grilled alive over a blazing fire: “Turn me over, I’m done on this side.”

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