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Hide and Seek

February 3, 2016 at 4:56 pm
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From time to time, I am prone to hiding. I suppose in one way or another, we all are. When we feel weak, afraid, tired or insecure, we each have a way of closing down the hardness of the outside world, to shut out the lights or the sounds or […]

Fighting to Surrender

December 31, 2015 at 7:45 am
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For years my resolution was to quit drinking. My first fifteen attempts went horribly awry. The last three years have proven that not all stories end badly. I was at Steve Visco’s house when I had my first sip of beer. I still remember the beads of sweat forming on […]

The Gospel of Smith and Wesson

December 5, 2015 at 2:42 am
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According to Jim Roope of CNN, “One of the most intense battlefields in today’s gun control debate is happening inside Christianity. Christians of every stripe; conservative, moderate and liberal tend to agree with the Gospel’s message of love and peace. However, they don’t agree on what that Gospel message means.” […]

A Christmas Carol for Refugees

December 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm
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As we enter into the season of Advent our family has chosen to return to the Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol for our bedtime reading. In many ways the story is so familiar that is scarcely needs any explanation. And yet, I have also found that the retelling (and retelling, and […]

Wise as Serpents

November 5, 2015 at 9:24 am
Egyptian policemen secure Egypt s national police academy, where an Egyptian criminal court sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and 12 Brotherhood leaders and Islamist supporters to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The ruling, which can be appealed, reflects the dramatic downfall of Morsi and the drastic challenges facing Egypt since its 2011 uprising that forced longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

“If he is discovered, he will be executed.” The car was winding through Spanish hillsides covered with olive trees as far as the eye could see. The words slipped from the mouth of my driver casually, as if he was talking about the weather or his plans for the weekend. […]

Planned Parenthood & the Anatomy of Unbelief

October 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm
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Earlier this week Republicans grilled Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards regarding the use of federal funding to perform abortions. During a heated congressional hearing Richards tried desperately to defend the indefensible. Despite her feeble attempts at half-truths, sidesteps and ambiguity Richards finally conceded under oath that when federal funds are […]

Ashley Madison & the Suicide of Dr. John Gibson

September 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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Two men, two betrayals, and two very different endings. Judas is greedy for thirty pieces of silver and sells out his friend to the awaiting authorities with an insincere kiss on a cheek. Peter waits in the darkening courtyard and calls down curses from heaven as he denies any knowledge […]

Fear of Failure

August 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm

In June of 1970, Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis threw a no hitter. There have been some 250 such events in the modern era of baseball, but few have matched the unique performance of Ellis that day because Dock was high-as-a-kite, tripping on LSD. Ellis’s struggle with substance abuse is well […]

Resting in the Work

August 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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“Most Christians make the mistake of trying walk in order to be able to sit but that is the reverse of the true order. Our natural reason says if we do not walk, how can we ever reach the goal? But Christianity is a queer business. If at the outset […]

First they came for the Muslim…

July 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm
First they came for the Muslim: A Response to Franklin Graham

“We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S.” With these words Franklin Graham ignited a wave of controversy last week through his facebook page. Responding to the murder of four Marines killed by Mohammad Abdulazeez in Chatanooga, Graham likened Muslims to the Japanese and Germans of WWII, exhorting the public […]