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The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Wisdom Books (Part 4)

By Brad Hicks Delivered October 5, 2021, via Zoom to a group of Christian church leaders in India, at the invitation of my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. In our study-discussion of the word heart in the Bible, we’ve investigated 34Continue reading “The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Wisdom Books (Part 4)”

The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Prophetic Books (Part 3)

By Brad Hicks To be delivered on September 28, 2021, via Zoom to a group of Christian church leaders in India, at the invitation of my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. In our study and discussion of the word “heart” inContinue reading “The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Prophetic Books (Part 3)”

The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Historical Books (Part 2)

By Brad Hicks Delivered on August 31, 2021, via Zoom to a group of Christian church leaders in India, at the invitation of my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. The books in the Old Testament that we refer to as theContinue reading “The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Historical Books (Part 2)”

Two daughters of slaves who truly made America great, and the ironic fate of Confederate President Jefferson Davis

By Brad Hicks In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been. Oppressed people, whatever their level of formal education, have the ability to understand and interpret the world around them, to see the world for what it is, and move to transform it. — Ella Baker, “Mother of theContinue reading “Two daughters of slaves who truly made America great, and the ironic fate of Confederate President Jefferson Davis”

Best of Facebook 6: January 9, 2021

Here are a few of my favorite recent posts from my Facebook newsfeed. The posts are original works by my Facebook Friends, and they’re published with their permission. I look for well-written vignettes and well-crafted art that are positive, meaningful, uplifting, relatable, and sometimes hilarious. To me, these works deserve to be preserved, published, andContinue reading “Best of Facebook 6: January 9, 2021”

Best of Facebook 5: January 4, 2021

Here are a few of my favorite recent posts from my Facebook newsfeed. The posts are original works by my Facebook Friends, and they’re published with their permission. I look for well-written vignettes and well-crafted art that are positive, meaningful, uplifting, relatable, and sometimes hilarious. To me, these works deserve to be preserved, published, andContinue reading “Best of Facebook 5: January 4, 2021”

Out of the shadowlands, finally Home: The 5 friends I lost in 5 days last week

By Brad Hicks Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he? — Clarence Odbody, ASC, to George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life I stopped praying for Doug this week. Of the five friends of mine who died last week, IContinue reading “Out of the shadowlands, finally Home: The 5 friends I lost in 5 days last week”

Best of Facebook 4 : December 22, 2020 (Everything Christmas!)

Here are five of my favorite Christmas posts (and a couple of original photos and art to start things off) from my Facebook newsfeed this month. The posts are written by my Facebook Friends, the words are their own not someone else’s, and they’re published with their permission. I look for well-written vignettes that areContinue reading “Best of Facebook 4 : December 22, 2020 (Everything Christmas!)”

Love & brightness: Grandma Rodgers, family sins and secrets, and Easter 1975

By Brad Hicks I recall the brightness of it and the love. Grandma Rodgers would occasionally take me to church with her on Sunday mornings when I was a young boy. She went to West Richmond Friends Meeting, a Quaker church in Richmond, Indiana, on the corner of 7th and Main. One Sunday (I might’veContinue reading “Love & brightness: Grandma Rodgers, family sins and secrets, and Easter 1975”

The Three Sisters Stew: A Thanksgiving recipe of beans, corn, squash & a story

By Traci Barr Of all the recipes, why does this humble one matter to me so much? First recognized by the inherent wisdom of indigenous North Americans, the Three Sisters is a quintessential example of “companion planting” — a perfect agricultural (and nutritional!) synergy. Considered sacred, this symbiotic technique is represented on the reverse sideContinue reading “The Three Sisters Stew: A Thanksgiving recipe of beans, corn, squash & a story”

Anxiety: An Invitation

Mandy Mullikin, the oldest of my three adult kids, gave the message in church this morning. It’s taken from Philippians 4: 4-7, Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,Continue reading “Anxiety: An Invitation”

Escaping Babylon

By Brad Hicks I was invited by my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India, to speak via Zoom to a group of Christians in India. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. When I asked him who my audience would be and what the circumstances are that they’re currentlyContinue reading “Escaping Babylon”

My judgment of your judgment of God’s judgment on America

By Brad Hicks In an American presidential election year, it’s especially common to hear it bandied about, particularly by those of the religious ilk, that America risks falling under the judgment of God if its leaders, laws, and citizens are not aligned morally with God’s laws as revealed in holy writ. I’d like to talkContinue reading “My judgment of your judgment of God’s judgment on America”

Malchus and me

By Brad Hicks Malchus is a fellow in a Bible story who gets his ear cut off, then Jesus miraculously restores his ear. Here’s how the story went down and a few thoughts about why I’ve named this blogsite Louder For Malchus. All four gospels in the New Testament record a very brief story ofContinue reading “Malchus and me”

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