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Exposing The Waste For All To See
A friend told me about a time he met a Navajo Indian on a reservation in Arizona. The Navajo man tossed a can he was drinking from out onto the open ground. Taken aback, my friend questioned him about his act of littering, asking him if he cared about his land or not. The Navajo man responded by saying, “Over here, over there, what’s the difference? Are we really doing something by burying it?” So true. The idea of taking our garbage to the landfill, burying it or burning it doesn’t solve the problem of waste. It only manages it. We’re...
Oh, Obama! Microchips! Gun Control! Is The End Near?
I enjoy living in rural Kentucky most of the time. Good people who are willing to jump at the chance to take care of you when you have a problem. People who care about one another. They smile and say “hello” at you, even if they don’t know you. They take pride in themselves and their work. It’s a lot like the town I grew up in Arkansas. I love small towns, people who love life and love their neighbors. Recently, there seems to be a growing outrage at the Obama administration and the direction it is headed in. Before...
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The Misguided Theology of Ray Lewis
There is a reason that I typically don’t write about current events. First of all, the truths we can learn from the events occurring in our world are truths that have been openly touted for centuries. “There is nothing new under the sun,” as the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us. The human condition is such that we can take the lessons learned, often the hard way, by the nation of Israel in the Old Testament and apply it to the nation of America right now. The second reason I tend to shy from writing on these things is that it...
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Homosexual Marriage and CS Lewis
I do not think C. S. Lewis ever directly said anything about gay and lesbian unions. But he did write about whether or not the federal government might be involved in defining what exactly is marriage and what exactly is not. In his timeless book, Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis penned something which directly links with the topic in our courts and places of worship at this time about defining marriage. Lewis was discussing marriage between divorced couples, but the approach can equally be relevant to marriage between two gay people. Here’s what he wrote: Before leaving the question of...
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Write With Acceptance, Edit With Compassion
How do we writers feel when something we thought was perfect is changed—even slightly—or commented on, or sometimes deleted? Do we become “all sensitive” and refuse to accept that maybe someone actually liked our work,  wants to make us sound erudite and really wants to get our message across? In fact, someone felt strongly enough about it to want to use it in the first place? Do we resent any suggestions and rather than accept changes, pull the piece from publishing and silence our voice? A while ago, I edited a piece written by a woman whose native language was...
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The Twisted Tale of Tim Tebow
You gotta like Tim Tebow, even if you don’t like him. Yesterday, ESPN called Tim Tebow, “the most famous second quarterback in the history of the NFL.” The Tebow hype has come back into full swing as the New York Jets try and figure out what to do with the guy they traded for, yet refuse to play.  Skip Bayless loves him…and countless people still want him…except Rex Ryan, his coach.  Sad. Tebow is famous for late comebacks.  He’s not the best quarterback by any means.  He’s not a great passer, or even a good passer. He intelligent, exceedingly gracious…all...
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Taste and See
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. [Psalm 34:8, The Message] A few weeks ago, the pastor of the church we’ve been attending came to our house for a visit.  She wanted to get to know us and talk a little about the church.  One thing that she said stood out to me above everything else: Worship is such a sensory experience. She elaborated, describing the taste and smell of the Communion elements, the candles, the stained glass, the sound of the songs of praise.  Even...
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The Middle-man
“This can’t be right…” As Dave studied the lush landscape through the spots on his windshield he quickly concluded that he had made an error somewhere along the way. From a young age Dave had come to acknowledge certain facts about his life. He would never be the biggest or strongest. The things that fascinated all the “cool” people held no interest for him. But Dave had two things that very few people could match, an insatiable curiosity that drove him to learn everything he could about subjects that piqued his interest and a deep hatred for being wrong.  This...
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Lance Armstrong: When To Cut A Hero Loose
It’s being reported that famed American cyclist Lance Armstrong is being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the U. S. Anti-Doping Agency. He is arguing that has passed all of his tests before.  The USADA says since he did not follow their system of arbitration, he is basically confessing guilt. The best I can figure, (and trust me, blood doping tests are not in my wheelhouse of knowledge), it’s kinda like refusing to take a breathalyzer when you get pulled over by the police for being suspected for driving under the influence. Once you refuse, it’s called...
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Post-Evangelicalism and “A New (Same) Kind (Type) of Christianity”
Well, I guess since you clicked on this, you must have read the title. Welcome. I appreciate you taking the few minutes of your day to peruse yet another blog. Much thanks. With any good introduction comes the awkward part of the relationship. You don’t know what to ask, you don’t know the past, and you don’t want to look like an ass. Well, very much understood. I’ll start off with saying some things about myself and hope that my quirks and beliefs don’t shipwreck our already tumultuous relationship. Hmmmm. I will confess that I am nervous. But here it...
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