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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 […]

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Freedom from Nationalism is True Freedom

In the light of day as the fireworks fade and the reverie of red, white, and blue are tucked back into the drawer and exchanged for workday wear, I am reflecting on all that “independence” and freedom mean. I have traveled the world and I love and appreciate the USA. […]

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What I’ve Been Missing

I’ve been listening in on a forum for about a year now, where people of color articulate their experience and perspective and white individuals like myself listen, learn, and inquire for understanding. Current events have given me insight and helped me to see things that are easily missed and dismissed. […]

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Your Pastor’s Wife

Last week my wife and I celebrated 25 years of marriage. As I was thinking about the blessing she is to me, I realized that is only part of the story. I’m a preacher’s kid, so I am intimately aware the unique journey a pastor’s wife makes as she navigates […]