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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 […]

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Go Spurs Go!

As a Spurs fan, I admit I’m blinded by bias! I see the refs ignoring the fouls.  I concur with Pop that in Sunday’s game, Kawhi was targeted and that Golden State is the evil empire favored by the NBA elite. But, bias is blinding. Every time my mom hears […]

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The Problem with White Evangelicals

The problem with white evangelicals is that evangelicalism is not white. In fact, if you took the average evangelical, “she” would be brown and living in South America. In fact, evangelicalism is growing in China and in Africa, and by 2050 the average evangelical will be a black West African.  […]

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Fake News Is What We Require

Carl Bernstein, the famous reporter who exposed Nixon and the Watergate scandal, commented on the current climate of news, scandal, and culture: We have two problems at once. We don’t have enough institutions that are spending enough money on great reporting. And we don’t have enough people that are willing to […]

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Jesus Wouldn’t Boycott Disney

Boycotting Disney again won’t change a thing! Beauty and the Beast is now portraying LeFou as “openly gay.” There are openly gay people around us all the time. One of my favorite restaurants has an openly gay waiter and according to the current logic, I guess I’m supposed to boycott […]

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Storms

Four tornadoes touched down on Sunday night in San Antonio, leaving first-hand experiences of freight trains screaming towards homes, rooftops flicked from their roost, and a four-mile swath of destruction left in their wake. We rarely have tornadoes touch down in the city limits, but we are no strangers to nature’s […]

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The Bigger Story

The prime minister of Israel is in Washington this week and the stakes have never been higher.  Most Americans won’t know that Jews were removed from settlements in the West Bank last week, and the Knesset (Israel’s Senate) approved further settlements of the very same area. In response, the UK […]