Russ Dean

Is it only me, or did one worship service just inspire the whole world? To be honest, I wasn’t interested in The Royal Wedding. If I am completely honest, in a real world, of real people, many of whom are struggling day-to-day to get through their real troubles, I’m not much interested in Royalty...
  I try not to give advice. In our divided world most people only take the time to listen to those with whom they already agree, so I try not to give advice. Most people won't listen anyway. But let me give you some advice. I hope you will listen. I have spent 22 years of my life in formal...
  We took God out of our schools, and the world went to hell. I hear the sentiment frequently. One of my church members recently offered this opinion as rationale for all of today’s cultural depravity, and the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, now claiming fame as a Fox news guest...
  Guns. I just needed to get that out there, in case you’re one of those who hears the word and automatically turns the page. If you think everyone who owns one is the spawn of Satan, go ahead, turn the page. And if you think anyone who can actually pronounce the word “control” is a worthless,...
  I take a week every January to write, with a Baltimore friend who has connections to a quiet little farmhouse on the Choptank River. As I type, we’re here, an hour east of DC (the District of Chaos), but here the world is at peace. The wood stove softly pings its heat over us. John’s sermon rises...
  Standing in the shadow of the 13,376-foot peak of Mt. Guyot, we had a family picture made. There are eighteen full smiles in that picture that will remain for me the snapshot of a Christmas together, a week of family fun, a symbol of family unity.  Three generations of Deans, and the spouses and...
  As if we’re not at war in enough ways, every year in this season of peace the “War on Christmas” starts up again. Anticipating another good fight, since he always seems to be in a better mood when he’s stirring the pot, the president has declared that he’s going to make Christmas great again, too...
  I started second grade in the fall of 1971. Clinton was new to me, as was football, but I was learning. Every day at recess we played “kill the man with the ball,” and Andy Walker was “Larry Csonka.”  After getting killed a good many times when Andy had the ball (which is not how that game is...
Baptist. As a child, there was no better word. It stood for all the best things I knew. It actually still does – but not without a lot of explanation and clarification and qualification. Most of the Baptists I know are Baptist… “but not ‘that kind’ of Baptist!” Many Baptist churches these days have...
  Fall is just around the corner, which means … it’s marching band season. (Or, that’s what it should mean.) A recent study of the brains of 111 former NFL players found Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (brain damage from repeated contact).in all but one. In a wider examination, not just...

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