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Kavanaugh, Ford & my Sunday School youth

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Most of you are probably aware of the Senate hearings about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the controversy regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's claims about him when they were teenagers. I am not sending this to support either one's story, but rather to point out something that Ken, Johnny and I as your Sunday School teachers have been trying to explain to you each week. Each of us wants you to learn from our life experiences and benefit from our life lessons which at times have been learned the hard way. We want our advice to help you avoid the difficulties and consequences we have caused in our own lives by not always making wise decisions.

FIRST-PERSON: ‘We don’t get religion’

In order to "get" religion, one has to "get" faith, Doug Parkin comments on a top New York Times editor's statement, "We don't get the role of religion in people's lives."

FIRST-PERSON: Flooded treasures

Soggy, ruined possessions of Louisiana flood survivors remind Doug Parkin, a pharmacist and disaster relief volunteer, of the need for guarding spiritual treasurers for times of unexpected crisis. "Build up your relationship with God and your dependence upon Christ, just as you would build up sandbags against rising waters," Parkin writes.

Responding to terrorizing events with … prayer?

Layman senses God’s halt to a prayer for vengeance against those who commit acts of terror. "I wanted to ask God to destroy them, to ensure that equal torture and terror was wreaked upon them as they have wreaked upon others," he writes. "But God wouldn't let me."