Columnist Terry Mattingly: Do churches still have money for missions and charity?

Back in the heady church-growth days of the 1980s and 1990s, researchers John and Sylvia Ronsvalle began hearing caution creep into their interviews with church leaders. Denominational leaders were especially uncomfortable when asked about declines in giving to overseas missions and projects to help the poor.

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Columnist Carrie Classon: I was wrong about papayas

The fruit lady has my number. One of the things I like in Mexico – and other countries we have visited in the past – is buying fruits and vegetables from a stand, run by a family. I love wandering through the market, looking at all the unfamiliar things and asking questions.

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Columnist Steve Roberts: Much work to be done – can a lame duck quack?

For the next few weeks, Washington faces a brief, and important, window of opportunity. Suspended in time between an election that’s just over and another that’s already starting, the lame duck session of Congress has a critical question to answer.

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Columnist Gene Lyons: The city mouse and the country mouse

Back when my wife and I moved to the country, many of our citified friends were alarmed. One well-meaning fellow even questioned if I’d be safe out in rural Perry County, Arkansas, given my political apostasy. (Trump won 75% of the 2020 vote there.)

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Columnist Carl Kline: Hoping for a calm and blissful holiday season

We brought in our Christmas tree yesterday. When I finish writing this column, we will need to decide whether to leave it in the smaller (and a little shaky) stand, or move it to the heavier and more stable one, that we finally found hidden in the shed (after the third, thorough search). I realize now, I moved the stand last year, thinking I would make it easier to find.

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Columnist Kathryn Lopez: Be brave and step out of your comfort zone

Conversations and investments in relationships can go a long way. Our polarized and social media culture fights against these incredibly human things, but we can fight back.

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Columnist Byron York: Trump gets played in Mar-a-Lago dinner

What is sure to be one of the weirder moments of the 2024 presidential campaign has just taken place before the campaign is even fully underway.

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Additional Articles

  • American Life in Poetry: Family connections

    Joy Harjo ’s ode to family, to ancestry, and to the woman’s body, truly makes sense if we understand that for Harjo, there is no line separating the natural world and her human body – that for her the evolutionary impulse is one of the imagination: “I was a thought, a dream, a fish a wing.” In “Granddaughters,” she celebrates the body and the dynamic force of nature.