Family

April 03 2014

The Old Timer

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“We’ve given ‘em everything they want” he says.” They complained that there was nowhere for the kids to play so we built them that playground. We just can’t get young people in here.” I nod sympathetically, …

Why I Don’t Want Anyone’s Magisterium

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There are parts of me that will always be Catholic. The way I dress, for instance, is little more than a holdover from my days at a Catholic prep school. Back in Catholic school we could …

Culture

April 02 2014

Inevitable Faith

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He had always wanted to be a person of faith. To say to mountains, “jump.” But he was not. He often questioned his very salvation. Whether or not he was even saved, what that term …

On Broken Pastors and Golden Calves

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1. I've always been a question pusher, an inquisitor of sorts. I was blazing a trail through the frozen Ozarks on an average weekday—the Boston Mountains rising like guardians over landscape as frozen as a faithless heart—when …

Family

April 01 2014

Grandpa IS in Heaven

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On a Sunday not long ago, a friend and I were having a deep theological discussion. She told me she wasn't sure I was saved because even though we shared the same basic beliefs about Jesus and …

Culture

April 01 2014

The Faith Chapter

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When I was a kid I was awarded—two years in a row—a certificate for “State Winner Perfect” in Bible Drill. That means that by the time I made it to the state championships in my …

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