DELAYED

March 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm
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I was trapped in the Atlanta airport last week during a sudden Nor’ Easter that crashed into the coast. Hours later, I was trapped in Charlotte. Arriving in Austin the next morning, I was delayed for two more hours at the car rental counter before collapsing into a cheap hotel […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Fall of Tullian Tchividjian

June 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm
The Fall of Tullian Tchividjian

  Like racism and police brutality, the public failure of megachurch pastors is an unfortunately common theme in the media these days. The most recent tale surfaced after the resignation of Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida following his confession of an extramarital affair. Like all failure, both […]

Egalitarian & Conservative?

June 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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I was once a complementarian, but my views were formed in the isolation of a conservative Baptist church where I was never introduced to an alternative. Like many people who were born and raised in a similar environment, exclusively male leadership as a biblical and theological concept was never taught […]

My Enemy, My Brother

May 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm
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“Right away he changed into a human, not an enemy, not a killer…an angel coming to me and coming with me in the bunker.” – Najah Aboud, My Enemy, My Brother Ann Shin has begun to work on a new documentary that traces the story of two sworn enemies who save […]

Captain of a Sinking Ship

April 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm
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On May 7, 1915 a German U-boat fired a lone torpedo off the coast of Ireland. Within seconds it struck the hull of a British passenger liner called the Lusitania. Just eighteen minutes later over 45,000 tons of metal, wood, coal and humanity sank into the North Atlantic. Of the […]

Is dinner with my friends church?

April 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm
Is Dinner With My Friends Church?

 “Without going into all the backstory, I’ll just tell you that I feel like God is moving me to be in a different kind of church. Specifically, one that has more of a home-church kind of vibe. So, is it OK for me to have church at my home? I […]