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Unprecedented Increase in Midlife White Death Rate for NC. Why?

February 9th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
February 9, 2018 

According to the Associated Press, Researchers at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. say the midlife white death rate in 40 of the state’s counties is seeing an unprecedented increase.

When I first read this, I thought to myself, “What in the world?” But the lead author of the study, Dr. Chris Mansfield, attributed a large portion of the exacerbated mortality rate to “deaths of despair.” That’s a classification that applies to suicide, alcohol, and drug abuse issues. Mansfield added that the findings in the Tar Heel state reflect national trends. Read the rest of this entry »

They Sulked While the President Gave His State of the Union Speech

February 1st, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
February 1, 2018

They scoff. They groan. They glower. They pout. They walk or run away. They sulk. These are some of the annoying ways children react to displeasure, anger or frustration with their circumstances. And this is exactly the way so many Congressional members responded Tuesday night to the President’s State of the Union address. Their behavior was embarrassingly shameful.

Whether children or adults, sulking is an expression of one’s spirit. People pout because it’s something that worked for them in the past. It’s a means for getting their way. To give attention to it only makes it worse. Few things will better defeat the sulker than simply ignoring him or her. Read the rest of this entry »

What the Issues of Racism and Abortion Have in Common

January 11th, 2018

Dr. Mark CreechBy Dr. Mark Creech

During the 1930s, the Federal Writers’ Project sponsored remarkable interviews with former slaves. The project was based on the premise that no one could better describe the institution of slavery in America than someone who had experienced it. These experiences were recorded for posterity, and today the Library of Congress contains more than 2,000 incredible slave narratives.

Recently, I came across a book edited by Belinda Hurmence titled, My Folks Don’t Want Me to Talk about Slavery.  Hurmence reviewed and compiled 21 first person collections of the more than 170 interviews by the Federal Writers’ Project that were of former slaves from my home state, North Carolina.

Here’s an excerpt from that book. The person speaking is former slave, Jacob Manson. Read the rest of this entry »

Inherited Capital

December 27th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech  Dr. Mark Creech

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus told a parable about a son who took the inheritance bequeathed to him and wasted it on “riotous living” until he became destitute. When he realized the foolish way he had acted, he returned to his father in hopes of being received as a simple servant, but instead, the father restored him royally. Many call it the parable of the Prodigal Son.

Not long ago, I found a copy of an old devotional written in 1942 by the Episcopal Church based on the story of the Prodigal Son. Its heading read Inherited Capital.

The devotional shared a story about a man and his wife who said to a clergyman, “We both graduated from college, agnostics. We don’t go to church. We have two children, seven and nine years of age. We have tried to teach them Christian ideals of right and wrong. Somehow, we have failed. Read the rest of this entry »

The Christmas Bug and the Need to Get Real

December 21st, 2017

Dr. Mark CreechBy Dr. Mark Creech

During Christmas time, my father loved making this season of the year magical for children.

As children, every year Daddy would remind my sister and me to put cookies and milk out for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve night. On Christmas morning, I was always giddy with excitement to find an empty plate and glass under the tree next to my toys.

One Christmas morning, I was nearly beside myself to follow Santa’s tracks where he had stepped in the ashes of our wood burning fireplace after coming down the chimney and walking across the living room floor to place my gifts. I got every kid in the neighborhood to come and see it. Every one of them was in awe as they ogled over St. Nick’s very own footprints. Of course, I wasn’t old enough to recognize that those tracks were remarkably similar; in fact, even identical to my Daddy’s fireman’s boots he kept in the closet at the end of the hall. Read the rest of this entry »

Aloof Evangelical Leaders Contributed to Roy Moore’s Defeat

December 16th, 2017

Dr. Mark CreechBy Dr. Mark Creech

John Oxenham has written, “He [God] writes with characters too grand/For our short hand to understand/We catch but broken strokes, and try/To fathom all the mystery/Of withered hopes, of death, of life/The endless war, the useless strife-/But there, with larger, clearer sight/We shall see this – His way was right.”

Such beautiful words which reference God’s sovereignty over life’s disappointing and tragic events may be at times our only consolation. The full assurance that God reigns, is too kind to be cruel, too wise to make a mistake, and too deep to explain himself, is what brings comfort to me as I think of Alabama Judge Roy Moore’s failure to win a U.S. Senate seat. Read the rest of this entry »

The Real Motive behind the Opposition to Judge Roy Moore

December 8th, 2017

Dr. Mark CreechBy Dr. Mark Creech 

“The best work usually meets the strongest opposition,” said D.L. Moody.

It was this principle at the forefront of my thinking while watching CNN’s Anderson Cooper grill Janet Porter in an interview on Wednesday. Porter is the spokesperson for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign.

Although the liberal Huffington Post described the interview as a take-down of Porter by Cooper, I was struck with just the opposite impression. I thought Porter sufficiently addressed Cooper’s questions. It was Cooper’s questions, I believe, that were telling, revealing the actual motive behind the left’s zealous opposition to Roy Moore. Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina under the Siege of Tyranny

December 1st, 2017

Dr. Mark CreechBy Dr. Mark Creech

Charles de Montesquieu, the French lawyer, writer, and political philosopher, whose works had a profound influence on America’s founders, once said, “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”

My beloved state, North Carolina, is under siege from tyrants who operate “under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”  The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has the state and its future firmly under its iron rule, and yet, there’s been little outrage by the state’s citizenry.

Daniel Horowitz, in Fourth Circuit Takes Control of North Carolina, summarizes the way this unelected body has destroyed the state’s right to self-determination. Read the rest of this entry »

Thanksgiving and Charlie Anderson

November 22nd, 2017

Dr. Mark CreechBy Dr. Mark Creech

It was on a Thanksgiving Day a grouchy man was grumbling away as usual. “Can’t you find some reason for which to be thankful?” a neighbor asked.

“Nope, don’t think so,” he said.

The neighbor replied, “Have you considered thanking God for turning your nose right side up? He could have put it on you upside down. Then when it rained you would have drowned and when you sneezed you would have blown your thankless head off.”

There are few people as unattractive as an ingrate. There’s always some reason to be thankful in any situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Roy Moore: Protecting Young Women or Killing a Reputation

November 18th, 2017

Dr. Mark CreechBy Dr. Mark Creech

Conservative evangelicals are divided over fellow Alabama Senate candidate and champion of Christian values, Judge Roy Moore.

Moore is facing multiple allegations from women who claim he sexually assaulted or harassed them as teenagers. Though the claims allegedly occurred long in the past, they are still very serious. Moore denies the charges and refuses to withdraw from the race, arguing he is a victim of a political hit job to derail his Senate campaign.

Moore’s wife, Kayla, posted a letter to Facebook showing that he has the backing of 50 pastors in their state. Since the allegations, however, four have asked to have their names removed. Read the rest of this entry »