Defending the Powerful Is Not Our Mission

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It doesn’t take long to name recent well-known powerful people and their businesses for whom Christians have taken up. The owners of Chick-fil-A. Dave Ramsey. Sarah Palin. That one dude on Duck Dynasty. We call …

Culture

July 17 2014

Incarnated Poetry

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My senior year of high school I took an AP English class. It was the only AP class offered, and despite my disdain for English classes, my desire to take fewer classes in college drove …

Gettin’ on the Mat

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Matthew’s gospel has him showing up by the lakeside. Mark and Luke talk about an overcrowded house and the removal of roof tiles to get the guy into the same airspace as the Rabbi. And …

Go Ahead and Get Happy

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I am a realist, also known as a pessimist. My worst-case scenarios dress themselves as facts of reality so I listen to them. But by the grace of God, I married an optimist. I fell …

Culture

July 16 2014

Dear Jim

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Dear Jim, The recent passing of Maya Angelou shook me up a little. I'd read some of her work, and respected her from afar, and I was sincerely sad to hear that news. I was sad, but …

Johnny Cash Singing at St. James Episcopal

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We walk out the front door of our house in Lancaster city and Miss Joyce is sitting on the neighboring porch. She is almost always there. “You know, they’re l-l-letting me stay here until July 1st,” …

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