A Plea for Civility

Last week a senior official in the Trump administration was asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia (a town that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016).  The reason?  According to the owner, the restaurant “has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation,” and in …

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Everyone Needs Some Ebenezers

One of my favorite hymns is Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.  Robert Robinson wrote that hymn in 1752 and we sing it at Grace often.  I also reflect upon it frequently, particularly verse two. That verse begins in a way not immediately accessible to most of us in the twenty-first century: “Here I raise …

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