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Maybe you’ve heard the objection before against Christianity, or maybe you’ve said the objection before yourself, and it goes like this: “There are too many hypocrites in the church!

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From 1929-2016, The Tallassee Tribune featured a weekly column called “Dirty Digs.” This week, the style of this space reflects how Mr. Eubanks and Mr. Cottle might have covered some recent news.

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For the third time, the State’s Charter School Commission denied the application of the Magic City Acceptance Academy. The denial wasn’t an outright no to the state’s gay community; it was by abstention, as some members of the commission voted yes and some voted no but others chose to not si…

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One of the things we deeply desire in times of uncertainty is to know God is in control. We want to see how God is moving in the circumstances of our lives. The test of faith is we often cannot see clearly how God is working. While on rare occasions God works through miraculous means, the va…

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Over the weekend, I was honored to present the eulogy for Mrs. Pat Burak, a lifelong resident of this area and former colleague at Tallassee High School. Her contributions to our community were so great, it seems only proper to remember her in this space today.

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In our formative years, we were taught the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. That’s something we can all agree seems good, fair and accurate in theory.

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It feels like the past seven and a half months have been a fog of depression from death, the coronavirus, municipal and national elections, “peaceful protests,” overpaid professional athletes and sports radio constantly sprinkling stats and recaps with political proselytizing and posturing. …

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Note from the author: This originally ran in The Tribune in August 2013. Over the past few years, more people have approached me about this column than any other I’ve ever written.  So, I therefore present for your reading pleasure a command performance of “Gator Boy and the Bikini Mama.” – M.B.

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“Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass, and have forgotten the Lord, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth?” — Isaiah 51:12-13

After what may end up being the weirdest offseason of my entire life, high school football will get started this week, as players will hit the field under the lights for the first time Thursday. In past columns, I have admitted preseasons rankings and predictions do not hold much ground and …

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Summer’s almost over — and being that it was the longest summer break in the history of summer breaks, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect upon the glory of being able to work.

We’ve seen it at every single level over the past few months. Whether it has anything to do with sports or not, every decision continues to get passed on from one governing body to the next because no one wants to step in and make a bold decision one way or the other.

I would like to tell you all about my recent unexpected trip to Rock Island, Illinois. My oldest daughter decided to call this her home and has been living there for over two years now. She called Saturday night, needing Momma. I quickly tied up a few loose ends and made arrangements to make…

I would like to tell you all about my recent unexpected trip to Rock Island, Illinois. My oldest daughter decided to call this her home and has been living there for over two years now. She called Saturday night, needing Momma. I quickly tied up a few loose ends and made arrangements to make…

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I used to see this guy around Troy when I was a student. Big fellow. Moved quickly, though, always in a hurry to get someplace.

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A decade ago, I was still working full time at my “day job” and was stationed at The Tallassee Tribune. I was still writing a weekly newspaper column, and a rumination on completing another decade of existence was titled “Nothing rhymes with ‘60’” (vs. cutesy phrases like “Lordy, lordy — loo…

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I’m tired of being in my feels and pouring my emotions out in ink. So, I’m changing the narrative back to sports — my sanctuary.

Growing up as the oldest sibling is never easy. Usually you are the first to make mistakes in life, so your younger siblings don’t have to go through them and they learn from you, whether it’s punishments or life lessons.

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This week, the new administrative teams at Southside Middle School and Tallassee High School were announced and are settling into their new roles.

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I leaned back in the water and felt the wave gently rock me from side to side. My friends — my adopted family — chattered in the distance, their voices blending into a perfect harmony of happiness.

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“Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”

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Let's go back to around 1956. My father-in-law is sick with cancer and the VA asked if they could send him to the Memphis, Tennessee VA and do some research on his particular type of cancer. He said yes and away he went with no delay.

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“For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.” — Psalm 116:8, 9

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We sure did have a nice weekend in Tallassee thanks to the hard work of some very dedicated individuals in the community. If you missed it, you missed a lot.

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Folks, we are less than two weeks away from our election contest for our U.S. Senate seat. The runoff between former Sen. Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville may be close and will be interesting.

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I kind of know what I want to say I just don't know where to start. He has always been a part of my military life even when I got drafted into the Army. The days and nights we traveled together to camps, recruiting, even to foreign countries, and he never changed. We watched them build three…

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This past weekend at church, the wonderfully talented musician Glenn Person was at the piano and performed a soul-stirring rendition of “It is Well with my Soul” as an offertory — one so powerful the congregation applauded when he finished singing.

When our leadership team met to discuss the various factors involved with reopening church after three months of the coronavirus pandemic, I shared the following devotion with them. The questions and reflections are from Romans 14, and I have posted the verse references after each question/r…