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The Darkness is Us

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  “You are the light of the world.” -Matt. 5:14   Late last night, we arrived home from a long trip. When we entered the house, everything was dark. With hands full of luggage, I tried to turn the light on. After a few missed attempts, my son started to get scared. My hands were […]

Where are the Christians?

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  Throughout our country, millions of Christians are sitting in church at this very hour. Songs are being sung about loving Jesus. Sermons are being preached about loving Jesus. Communion is being taken as a physical expression of the love of Jesus. Millions of Christians are at church seeking the love of Jesus. The problem […]

Love Beyond Love: Immigration and Dementia

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  Due to President Trump’s disturbing pronouncements on immigration, our borders have filled the news recently. Sadly, I think our political situation is only causing our borders to grow faster and faster. Separation seems limitless. In the midst of it all, I traveled to visit my grandmother today. For many years, my grandmother’s mind has […]

The Martyr of Climate Change

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  Last week, I’d never even heard of Mark Baumer. I suspect most people still don’t know who he his. Such ignorance is unfortunate. A few days ago, I learned that Baumer embodied the lived experience of faith in something greater than himself. Back in October, Baumer left Rhode Island to walk barefoot across America. […]

#Blasphemy

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  Our pastor preached the hardest when election time came around. Though I was only a young man, I knew whose side God was on. In the midst of it all, everyone I knew voted for the candidate the pastor told them to. I was taught that Jesus was intrinsically connected to our political process. […]

The Explosion of Fear in America

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  Growing up in Metro Atlanta, I loved reading our hometown newspaper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I still do. Just this morning, I was reading the paper online when I came across an article entitled, “CDC cancels next month’s ‘climate and health’ summit in Atlanta.” Reading further, I realized that the Center for Disease Control was planning […]

The Children in Our Churches

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  A few months ago, we were sitting in church when one of our babies became upset. Like any parents, we quickly grew uncomfortable and tried to quiet our son down. Not long after the crying started, someone a few rows back loudly declared, “Can’t you shut that baby up?” Immediately, the entire church glared […]

“America First!” is Not a Christian Principle

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  Throughout the day today, I watched the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Repeatedly, I heard the same chant, “America First! America First! America First!” While the largely crowd was simply repeating the words that Trump spoke, I was surprised by the large number of other government officials who chanted […]

The Revolting is Christ

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Twice today, I’ve received messages criticizing my writing. The first said that persons who are attracted to or intimate with animals are revolting and that I was revolting for writing about them. The person also said that they should be given an express ticket for hell. The second person was a little subtler. Initially, they […]

The Transgender Christ: Chelsea Manning

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  In 2010, US Army soldier Chelsea Manning disseminated over 750,000 documents and videos to WikiLeaks. The troubling material was exceedingly embarrassing for the US government. Diplomatic cables gave the world an inside look at the unseemly sides of US diplomacy. Arguably, the most damning of the materials was a video of a US helicopter […]

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