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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 PM
Engineer Rudy Warnock is a lightning rod for controversy — and now pencil in murder, an alleged conspiracy he divulged last week six months after a man approached him about knocking off the mayor of Madison and one of the editors of this newspaper.

Either way, our newspaper wrote something apparently worth killing someone over.
  • DUNCAN/‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’
    Turn to Luke 19:28-44. This passage takes place on the Sunday before the Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus does things here that He does nowhere else prior to this point. So often in the gospel story, when someone comes to Jesus and says, “You’re the Messiah,” Jesus says, “Do not tell anyone this.” That doesn’t happen here. Here He is acclaimed as the Messiah, and He says, “That’s right. I am.” Why is that different here? Luke wants you to pay attention to that question. In this passage Luke is saying, “Behold, this is your King. This is what He’s coming to do.” He’s directing our attention to Jesus’ person and work.
  • EDITORIAL/Mary Hawkins-Butler for mayor
    More than 30 years ago when MDOT’s plans to widen Main Street (Mississippi 463) called for leveling downtown Madison, the young mayor dug in. She had a vision for what Madison could be, what it is today.

    As she seeks a 10th consecutive term, Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler is still winning the battles.
  • LOWRY/No one owns science
    Science joined the #resistance over the weekend, or so the organizers of the March for Science would have us believe.

    Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the country under the banner of science and in the spirit of the Women’s March opposing President Donald Trump back in January.
  • PERRY/Voter ID’s long journey
    “Vote fraud is an equal opportunity election stealer. A fraud free election process would benefit black candidates as well as white candidates,” said Gov. Kirk Fordice, responding to the idea that voter ID was insensitive to African-American voters. The Republican Fordice had won reelection in 1995 against Democratic Secretary of State Dick Molpus who was soft on voter-ID. Nearing the end of his second term, Fordice continued to push for the ballot security measure and was willing to sign the federal “Motor Voter” (National Voter Registration Act) bill – which he had long opposed - into law if the legislature attached voter-ID to it. The Democratic controlled legislature refused. He vetoed the bill.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Matthew 27:32-56
    In this passage Matthew gives us an account of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to see Christ’s glory in this. The foundation of the Christian religion, the ground of all our hopes in salvation, is the revelation of God by Christ. We must not forget Jesus on the cross did not cease to be God when he became man. By taking upon himself human nature, Christ reveals infinite humility and love.
  • DUNCAN/‘Kingdom investments’
     Turn in your Bible to Luke 19:11-27. In my old New American Standard Version this parable is called “The Parable of Money Usage,” but it's not a sermon about stewardship. It's set in a specific context. At the end of this chapter, Jesus will be entering into Jerusalem, so He has now come to the culmination of His earthly ministry and the final week of His life before the crucifixion. His disciples, we're told in the very first verse that we're going to read, are misguided in their expectations about what is going to happen in Jerusalem. So Jesus pauses to explain to them what their attitude ought to be to the events that are about to happen in Jerusalem, and especially how they are to conduct themselves after those events happen.
  • LYNCH/Reforming indigent defense
    This article appeared on National Review (Online) on April 19, 2017:

    America’s criminal courts are in terrible shape. New York, Indiana, Louisiana, Idaho, Missouri, and many other states are mired in litigation over their festering crises in indigent legal defense. Public defenders want to do a good job for their clients but are often stretched so thin by enormous caseloads that they feel as though they are being forced to commit malpractice, like a doctor with way too many patients.
  • LOWRY/No, Trump is not a neocon
    With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the “mother of all bombs” exploding in Afghanistan and an aircraft carrier strike group heading toward North Korea, has there been a revolution in President Donald Trump’s foreign policy?

    His most fervent supporters shouldn’t get overly exercised, and his interventionist critics shouldn’t get too excited. What has been on offer so far is broadly consistent with the Jacksonian worldview that is the core of Trump’s posture toward the world.
  • BROOKS/How to leave a mark
    Joe Toscano and I worked at Incarnation summer camp in Connecticut a few decades ago. Joe went on to become an extremely loving father of five and a fireman in Watertown, Massachusetts. Joe was a community-building guy — serving his town, organizing events like fishing derbies for bevies of kids, radiating infectious and neighborly joy.

    Joe collapsed and died while fighting a two-alarm fire last month. When Joe died, the Incarnation community reached out with a fierce urgency to support his family and each other. One of our number served as a eulogist at the funeral. Everybody started posting old photos of Joe on Facebook. Somebody posted a picture of 250 Incarnation alumni at a reunion, with the caption, “My Family.”
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Matthew 27:11-31
    Christians commemorate the resurrection of Christ from the grave this week. Every Lord’s Day is a celebration of our Lord’s victory over death, but we especially have the death and resurrection of Christ in view this week. Someone once said that the fact of the resurrection is the “center of the center, the real heart of Christianity.” The truth of it stands or falls with the resurrection.  The principles we find in this passage about Jesus on trial before his death are weighty because the resurrection proves their verity.
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