Category Archives: Culture

The New Hat: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, The New Hat, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: There’s something about the 1940s, especially, and the 1930s, that we hearken back to. Of course, there is no “perfect” time, and especially … Continue reading

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Surviving the Work Week

Not everyone’s Monday is actually on Monday. But regardless of what day your week actually starts, it’s highly likely that it’s not a smooth transition from your day off to your day on. This low point of our week, when … Continue reading

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Are You Tired of Living in Fear?

Fear is one of Satan’s best weapons, because it’s relatively inexpensive. For a minimal outlay, Satan — who generally works through the assorted people on this planet who love him, worship him, or have sold themselves to him for whatever … Continue reading

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Are We Afraid of Our Own Government?

I have a cat named Xena the Warrior Princess, which is a diverting misnomer because she is one of the timidest animals alive. Admittedly, as far as staying alive, running away from trouble is a successful stratagem for Xena, who spends her days concealed in the bushes, … Continue reading

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“Celebrating” the Anniversary of the Vietnam War

Anniversaries are supposed to be celebratory things, generally of weddings, when a couple starts a whole new life together. How odd that we use the same word, “anniversary,” to acknowledge — surely not celebrate? — the unwanted introduction of the Vietnam … Continue reading

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Peace: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Peace, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve. Wallowa Lake in Joseph, OR, is a place of quiet beauty and awe. In the 19th century, Young Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indian … Continue reading

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Sleeping Christians

The Bible talks a lot about being awake, and all Christians like to think that they are so: “Oh, yes — I’m awake all right to the evils of the world around me!” Quite honestly, as much as we would like to … Continue reading

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Evening Waltz — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Evening Waltz, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: It is a beauteous evening, and a young couple dances in a ballroom of light, motion, movement, and sound. The song is the sound … Continue reading

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Christians Are Not Citizens of Babylon

The 6th century, B.C., was a tumultuous one for the Hebrew people. Always beset and troubled by enemies, the Jewish state, barely holding out in the territory of Judah and its capitol city, Jerusalem, was finally and fully conquered by … Continue reading

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Complicating Christianity

I’ll be the first to admit that I make things too complicated, and as an astute and thoughtful reader wrote me about a recent article, The Kingdom of Heaven — How Do We Get There?, “Isn’t it enough just to believe?” … Continue reading

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