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Celebrating Christmas 2013

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Everyone has Christmas traditions. As a child it probably involved traveling to Grandmother’s house and gathering with uncles and aunts and cousins for Christmas dinner. It continues to be characterized by hanging garlands and decorating the Christmas tree. Seasonal carols are featured music at church throughout December, and somewhere amidst all the special programs is the inevitable manger scene of a Christmas pageant. While Jesus was, and continues to be, the reason for the season, children would probably confess the highlight is when the gifts are opened.

My family usually exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve, leaving Christmas morning to the excitement of discovering trinket-filled stockings and what Santa had left under the tree. Once the myth of Santa was revealed, …

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Coping with Cold

Posted on December 11, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Okay, so we are wimps down south when it comes to cold weather. We dodged the bullet in Central Mississippi this week of the severe winter storms that swept the country as we watched them skirt to the northwest of us. But anytime the temperature dips below 32 degrees it is too cold to venture outdoors. Add the bone-chilling humidity and wind factor and we turn up the gas logs and grab the snuggies.

Having lived for 23 years in the tropics probably has something to do with our inability to climatize to American winters. We coped with perennial snow and ice during the years we lived in Richmond, VA, but it is just unnatural for our moderate seasons down …

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Turkey Fried Turkey

Posted on December 3, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin


Okay, please disregard the sick joke by an unnamed relative as I was frying the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. The Texas Thanksgiving holiday could not have been better with and abundance of family, feasting and football. Since our son moved back to Waco last summer, we have enjoyed the nostalgic of visits to the Lone Star State where both our children and two of our grandchildren were born.

The week was framed by a mission conference at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston prior to Thanksgiving and a Lottie Moon Christmas Offering focus at First Baptist Minden, LA following the holiday. Both churches have strong mission involvement overseas and are among the top churches in the SBC in giving …

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