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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 6:00 PM
Ever since the days of ancient Greece, philosophers have distinguished between the beautiful and the sublime. Beauty is what you experience when you look at a flower or a lovely face. It is contained, pleasurable, intimate and romantic. Sublime is what you feel when you look at a mountain range or a tornado. It involves awe, veneration, maybe even a touch of fear. A sublime thing, like space or mathematics, over-awes the natural human dimensions and reminds you that you are a small thing in a vast cosmos.
  • Does anybody else have the sense that Donald Trump is slipping off the rails? His speeches have always had a rambling, free association quality, but a couple of the recent ones have, as the Republican political consultant Mike Murphy put it, passed from the category of rant to the category of full on “drunk wedding toast.”

    Trump’s verbal style has always been distinct. He doesn’t really speak in sentences or paragraphs. His speeches are punctuated by five- or six-word jabs that are sort of strung together by connections that can only be understood through chaos theory: “They want the wall … I dominated with the evangelicals … I won in a landslide … We can’t be the stupid people anymore.”
  • PERRY/Governor and 1897 Fair
    The Neshoba County Fair kicks off this week continuing an annual tradition that began as the Coldwater Community Fair in 1889. The Fair runs July 22 through July 29.
  • The British government last week issued the long-awaited Chilcot report, harshly criticizing the U.K.’s decision to join the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq. The ensuing Iraq war “cost the lives of 179 British troops and, at the time of the British withdrawal in 2009, at least 150,000 Iraqis,” according to the Washington Post. “To date, more than 4,500 Americans have died in Iraq and more than 32,000 have been wounded.”
  • In the past two weeks, the “war on police” has gone from a metaphor to a reality, with eight officers killed in targeted attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

    The country hasn’t seen anything like it since the early 1970s, when a lunatic fringe of the left undertook a violent campaign against law enforcement.
  • We've been slowly looking at the Lord’s Prayer for the past few weeks found in Luke 11:1-4. And last week we came to the fifth and final request, “Lead us not into temptation.” We looked at how this phrase teaches us that we are to pray for deliverance from sin, we are to fear sin, as well as fear the devil.

    In this week’s article, I'd like us to look at seven ways that we could elaborate this prayer and I’ll give you some scriptural language in which we do that and we’ll just practice praying this prayer back to the Lord together.
  • Paul writes this letter from prison. He is chained in a dungeon awaiting a terrible death. He is being abused this way unjustly. His “crime” is being an advocate of the truth of God in Christ. Yet his main concern is to encourage Timothy to be faithful to the Lord in what he has been called to do. Paul is concerned because Timothy is facing severe trials and Timothy has a propensity to being fearful and discouraged. In these verses we find encouragement for Christians facing difficulty.
  • EDITORIALS/All lives matter
    Much of the anger over race these last days stems from a failure to realize that multiple sides can be right and can in a free country exist in tension, as we’ve seen played out in some American cities following the shooting deaths of two black men by police and the killing of five police officers in Dallas.

    There are legitimate cries that need to be heard and there is progress in places where people of various ethnicities get to know and understand one another.
  • PERRY/Libertarians hope
    Some Mississippians are excited about their presidential nominee and they aren’t supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump. The Mississippi Libertarian Party’s eight delegates to the Libertarian National Convention supported former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson as their nominee (although two of the delegates supported other candidates on the first ballot:  software entrepreneur John McAfee and The Libertarian Republic publisher Austin Petersen).
  • WASHINGTON — It says a lot about our relationship with Hillary Clinton that she seems well on her way to becoming Madam President because she’s not getting indicted.

    If she were still at the State Department, she could be getting fired for being, as the FBI director told Congress, “extremely careless” with top-secret information. Instead, she’s on a glide path to a big promotion.
  • President Barack Obama is a lawyer, not a statistician, and it shows.

    After the controversial officer-involved shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Obama unloosed a series of statistics in his remarks in Warsaw, Poland, to show “racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system” — in other words, racial bias by police, prosecutors and judges.
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