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Our Brave New World

By David Peel We now live in a world where a teenage girl encouraged with many text messages a teenage boy to kill himself and is now going to jail. We now live in a world where an electric self-driving car is going to transport your family, but be more complicated and have more lines […]

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SOUTHERN RAISIN’ That is a Sure Fire Way to Find Out

By Otis Griffin I can’t say it was a lot fun or enjoyment.  However we had to do it if we wanted to eat and survive.  Our parents showed us and their parents showed them and our ancestors back as far as Eve and Adam.  In the wonderful South folks have always taken a lot […]

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Momma Knew and I Didn’t Have to Tell Her

By Otis Griffin Everyone had to try blackberry picking’ with their friends as it was just a way of life. Such as larrupin’ apple pie, snipe huntin’, skinny dippin’, corn cob fightin’ and grape vine puffin’!  In most cases there are consequences you don’t want to own up to, or admit since you would be […]

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Eyewitnesses

By David Peel Eyewitnesses rarely seem to stay at crash scenes anymore. Police will take statements from witnesses at the scene, but often are very busy, and don’t seek them out too actively. So, if they do not stay, they may be lost. There are at least several reasons why: 1.    The feeling of community […]

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SOUTHERN RAISIN’ I Wonder Was it Worth All the Trouble?

By Otis Griffin Everyone in our wonderful South at one time or ’nuther has been blackberry picking.  There ain’t nuthin’ no better than a wide mouthed bowl of blackberry cobbler with some vanilla ice cream to top off a Sunday feast.  We were real small when we were first allowed to go pickin’.  It didn’t […]

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Leticia, Colombia ,Amazonas, South America. Team has members from Bellevue Baptist Church, 
Harvest Fellowship, First Baptist Collierville, and others.  Photo courtesy Emily Bobbitt.

Miracle in the Amazon

By David Peel Each year, our family volunteers in international mission projects. For example, I have taught Pastors’ Conferences in India, built a seminary in Ukraine, built playgrounds in Africa, completed a church on an island, and run VBS programs in South America. This past week, our family of five was part of a team […]

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The 80/20 Rule

By David Peel The proper name for this is “Pareto’s Rule.” Next time you walk in Wal-Mart or Kroger, just look only for the color red.  You will see red everywhere just jumping out at you.  Of course, the red has always been there, but you saw it because you were training yourself to look […]

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You Were Taught Better, So Why Did You Do It?

SOUTHERN RAISIN’ By Otis Griffin As the years stack up on you, from time to time you need to visit the local medicine man for a little assistance.  I’m not real sure when every healer became a specialist and presently can only offer some relief on certain parts of your anatomy.  (That’s city slang for […]

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SOUTHERN RAISIN’ Better Pay Close ’tention

By Otis Griffin Neighbor, at a very young age what you see or hear, ain’t what you mostly get!  Several of us tree swingers were eavesdropping on Mr. Bright give a dissertation on modern day (back then) medicine.  After a demonstration that would make ‘Miss’ Kitty and Festus backslap congratulate ‘Doc’ Adams, methodically Mr. Bright […]

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Slip and Falls Are Preventable

By David Peel Every day we get calls about someone who has fallen on someone else’s property. There is an assumption that if you are hurt on someone’s property it is automatically their fault. This is not true. As a matter of fact that might be the most widely held legal myth that I encounter. […]

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