Writings by Cole Huffman

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The Books List 2020

I checked some books out of the Collierville Public Library. Upon return, the librarian told me the books would sit in quarantine for 72 hours. Around the country, some librarians are reporting books returned charred from being microwaved. Some books were bleached. “Novel coronavirus” indeed! I guess reading doesn’t necessarily make you smarter. Nor does the news. Back in September’s newsletter, I quoted from a book I got from the Collierville Library, Alain de... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Nov 16
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Recently, a four-question survey was given to the church through our adult classes. Normally, I feel about surveys like Darrell Royal felt about the forward pass in football: “Three things can happen when you pass, and two of them are bad.” Applied to surveys, it’s good to hear where people are and what they need. Open-ended surveys tend to send the ball all over the field, however, and if the leaders don’t catch every pass, unmet expectations are created. This... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Sep 23
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The News

“Societies become modern . . . when news replaces religion as our central source of guidance and our touchstone of authority. In the developed economies, the news now occupies a position of power at least equal to that formerly enjoyed by the faiths. . . We approach it with some of the same deferential expectations we would have harbored for the faiths. Here, too, we hope to receive revelations, learn who is good and bad, fathom suffering and understand the unfolding logic of existence.... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Aug 26
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