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How to Argue

August 13, 2020

How to Argue Michael Jinkins   This may sound strange to say in this polarized age, but people have forgotten how to argue. In fact, they’ve forgotten what an argument is. An argument is the expression of a viewpoint based on evidence. It is not mere assertion. It requires the garnering of facts and the […]

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One Conscience is Not Enough

August 6, 2020

One Conscience is Not Enough Michael Jinkins   Georgia’s legendary Representative to the U. S. House recently died. He was a man worthy to be lionized. “The most Christ-like person I ever knew,” said one of his Congressional colleagues. There’s never been a time in my adult life that I haven’t known about John Lewis. […]

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The Inner Citadel, Part Two

July 30, 2020

Last week I wrote a short essay in praise of equanimity, the quality of mind that is unruffled by external conditions. As I’m sure you noticed, however, the essay begged at least two important questions: Why does this quality of mind matter? And how can it be achieved and maintained? I’d like to address these […]

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The Inner Citadel, Part One

July 9, 2020

Montaigne was despised by both sides during the wars of religion between Protestants and Catholics that ravaged France from 1562-1598, writes historian Robert Zaretsky in an essay (June 29, 2020) for the NYT. He was known in his time as a politique: Someone who “for the sake of all tries to find common ground in […]

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The Dance

June 25, 2020

please note: We will be taking the month of July off from posting regular blog posts. Blog Posts will resume again in August. The Dance Michael Jinkins   1. Two storks weave between the clouds I have no idea how high above this garden. In Two Three time they waltz, spin, circling one another to […]

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Unfinished Business of the Heart

June 18, 2020

Unfinished Business of the Heart Michael Jinkins   Some say that people first came up with the idea of heaven because there are so many things we can’t get resolved on earth. The psalmist struggles with this fact, in one place, praising God for always taking care of the faithful, and in another place, lamenting […]

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The Recovery of the Person

June 11, 2020

The Recovery of the Person Michael Jinkins Several weeks ago I preached on the text Micah 6:1-8. A number of you have continued the conversation we began in that sermon. So, I thought I would toss a few more things into the pot for us to stew on. As I mentioned in the sermon, there’s […]

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A More Perfect Union

June 4, 2020

A More Perfect Union A Word in the Midst of this Moment Michael Jinkins Many years ago I started keeping a small leather-bound copy of the United States Constitution within reach, usually on my desk. Despite those who argue with one another, touting one amendment of that section of the Constitution’s amendments we call “The […]

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Grace and Guilt

May 28, 2020

Grace and Guilt Michael Jinkins   Within ten minutes I read in the paper two stories about guilt and COVID-19: In the first, a woman in New Orleans expressed guilt that her beloved husband had not gotten the funeral he deserved. He was a business owner renowned for his generosity toward people who couldn’t afford […]

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Healthy Families

May 21, 2020

Healthy Families Michael Jinkins Research that has stood the test of time deserves reflection. And one piece of research I came across several years ago reported that healthy families tend to be the ones in relationship with other families and individuals. Unhealthy families tend to keep to themselves. Since this study was first reported in […]

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