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How to Appreciate Your Pastor

I’m a preacher’s kid and a friend of pastors. (I am a pastor also, so for this not to be self-serving, understand I am writing from my experience and not for my benefit.) I have seen the very best that ministry offers and I have seen the very worst pictures […]

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An Open Letter to “Thoughts and Prayers”

Dear Thoughts and Prayers, Thank you for being sent from all over by way of Facebook, Twitter, and newscasts. I appreciate you, but if I’m being honest, the comfort that you once might have brought doesn’t really do it for me anymore. Thoughts that don’t lead to action are sympathetic […]

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TAKE A KNEE

It seems to me we are too easily divided and incredibly naïve. I’m saddened when I see people I love and respect spew hate and derision towards others simply because they have failed to listen and are carried off by sound bites meant to coax toward a bias. The woman […]

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Rescued by Tragedy

We need tragedy far more than we need prosperity. Prosperity—that rightful pursuit our country is founded upon—most often leads to the flaws in our character or the indulgent passivity that turns to vice or indifference. Tragedy elicits the more noble and heroic characteristics of our composition. As I watch everyday heroes […]

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Cyber Narcissism

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a hunter known for his beauty; but, he disdained those who were attracted to him. Nemesis drew Narcissus to a pool where he looked in, saw his own reflection, and fell in love with it. He couldn’t pull himself away, so he stayed at the […]

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When Both Sides Aren’t to Blame

One daughter burps, the other overreacts with “Gross! You’re sick!,” then the conversation escalates into an all-out cat fight. These scenarios unfold daily in the world where objectivity can look back and see how both sides are to blame. Both escalated the interaction. Both shared in the offense. There are, […]

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What is White Supremacy?

What is White Supremacy? And, when will we stop being shocked that it exists and that we allow it? The origin story of Pilgrims fleeing persecution is only a part of the beautiful mythology of our nation’s history. It also involves Western Europeans who viewed the inhabitants of the land […]

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A Solitary Place

Jesus’ habit was to seek quietude—stillness, peacefulness, calmness—and He found it in solitary places. For me, a solitary place is not easily found these days. In recent weeks—with our house on the market and in somewhat of a transition and with my office in major post-fire transition—I have found it […]

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In Search of Solitude

Each year, I go on an annual pilgrimage in search of solitude. It is a discipline that suits my nature as well as it benefits my soul, recharging me and preparing me for what lies ahead. Some years, I make it part of a formalized sabbatical that entails a longer […]

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The Pastor’s Dilemma

I purchased Eugene Peterson’s As Kingfishers Catch Fire right as I left for the mountains. Mid-break, the Internet blew up with news of a recent interview where Peterson commented on same-sex marriage and suggested he would perform one. The next day, amid a storm of contempt, threats of book banning, and […]