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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:00 PM
Kingston Frazier could have grown up to become the first astronaut to go to Mars. He could have become a minister, a teacher, or even President of the United States. Sadly, we’ll never know what the future had in store for the sweet six-year-old because his life was taken a week ago this morning in a senseless act of violence that was a hard gut blow to our community we’re all still trying to absorb.

The only solace we have is knowing Kingston is with Jesus, free of pain and the fear he undoubtably felt in his last seconds, staring down the barrel of a gun, safe from the evil monsters who walk this earth.
  • MCGOWAN/Suffering in light of Kingston
    The death of Kingston Frazier is a tragedy. But, to be fair and honest, all loss of life is tragic. Both Jackson State University and Provine High School are also grieving the loss of two students in a tragic car accident.

    My heart ached all week as I thought about the numerous lives ended way to soon. But for some reason, the death of Kingston Frazier dominated the television, print and social media platforms. Why was this the case?
  • PERRY/Delta dispatches
    Most folks who enjoy reading books about Mississippi have already consumed Richard Grant’s 2015 “Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta.” I’ve heard Grant speak and read from his Delta chronicle, and the native-Englishman turned Mississippian deserves the accolades he has received for his humorous and curious examination of a fish-out-of-water life in the Delta.
  • DUNCAN/‘What Jesus believed about the Resurrection’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 20:27-44 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke. The passage that we're going to read today is the third time in Luke 20 where Jesus’ authority and teaching are challenged by the religious leaders in Jerusalem. They come again with a question to Jesus. And the question is, frankly, skeptical. But, once again, He not only answers the question in such a way that it doesn't leave Him stuck in a catch-22, but He teaches things that are of deep importance to us today. We could take a long time legitimately unpacking this passage, but let me look with you at three things this morning.
  • BROOKS/The Russians did it
    At certain times Donald Trump has seemed like a budding authoritarian, a corrupt Nixon, a rabble-rousing populist or a big business corporatist.

    But as Trump has settled into his White House role, he has given a series of long interviews, and when you study the transcripts it becomes clear that fundamentally he is none of these things.
  • LOWRY/‘Rigged’
     For the past couple of years, the most important word in American politics has been the worst — “rigged.”

    Emanating from slang back in the 17th century, developing into a description of financial fraud, and then branching out to apply to cheating in sports and elections, “rigged” had a breakthrough year in 2016, and it shows no sign of loosening its grip.
  • SANCHEZ/Leaking from the top
    On Monday, the Washington Post dropped a bombshell, reporting that Donald Trump had shared highly classified “codeword” intelligence—provided by an ally on the condition that it not be more widely disseminated—with Russian officials during their meeting last week.  While administration officials initially issued fierce denials, national security advisor H.R. McMaster, who had himself blasted the story as “false” in a carefully-worded statement, effectively confirmed the key elements of the report at a press briefing Tuesday morning. While McMaster repeatedly insisted that Trump’s decision to share information had been “wholly appropriate,” his remarks (perhaps inadvertently) raised several additional grounds for concern.
  • DUNCAN/Rendering to Caesar and God
    Turn to Luke 20:19-26. This passage has two parts. Verses 19-22 record the attempt by the scribes and the chief priests to entrap Jesus. Then, in verses 23-26, the second half of the story is Jesus’ response. In this response Jesus has to simultaneously avoid the trap that they've laid and give a vitally important word to instruct His people in an area in which we are all going to live: how do you live under a government that is often is opposed to the interests of Christ? Jesus does both of these things in response to the question that is put to Him. Well in this entrapment, we learn many things, but I want to point to three of them.
    We plan on doing a study through a portion of the book of Exodus. Exodus is a fascinating book, filled with easy to remember stories: a baby in a basket, the burning bush, devastating plagues, the Red Sea, the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai, and many more. The word Exodus means departure or exit. The Israelites grew into a nation in Egypt (though they were slaves) and then exited by God’s deliverance. Exodus is the story of that deliverance and the purpose behind it.
  • PERRY/Reform a good first step
    At the end of this year a new campaign finance regime begins in Mississippi. The new law (SB2689), passed by the legislature this past session and signed by the governor, specifically prohibits the use of campaign contributions for personal use; although it does still permit the use of campaign donations to fund costs associated with “holding office” including certain meals, travel and accommodation.
  • LOWRY/The pre-existing lie
    If you’ve only followed coverage of the Republican health care bill loosely in the media, you might believe that House Republicans, after much effort, passed legislation to deny people with pre-existing conditions health insurance.

    The issue of pre-existing conditions has dominated the debate over the GOP health care bill out of all proportion to the relatively modest provision in the legislation, which is being distorted — often willfully, sometimes ignorantly — into a threat to all that is good and true in America.
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