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Hand Washing in the Trump Era

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Can you even breath?   The water is so high.   Jesus was slung in the direction of his potential executioners. As the crowd screamed for blood, Pilate could have stopped it. Instead, he washed his hands and absolved himself of any responsibility for what was about to happen. Jesus was given over to death. […]

The Dark Water of Salvation

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  The grass is wet. My toes feel all of nature. Each touch is mysterious. The rocks grow harder. My feet remember the origin. Each step draws me out. The dock is old. My being remembers the waves. Each plank grows the fear. The edge pulls closer. My brain tells me to turn. Each moment […]

The Intern Monologues: Baptism

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  *This is the sixth installment of theological conversation between my intern Christian Parks and I.   C: Early in this journey I had the opportunity to witness you baptize your youngest twins, Madeleine and Lucas. As a Baptist preacher, why infant baptism?   J: I believe that nothing can separate us from the love […]

Thank You: A Prayer in Crisis

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  The natural birth of Lucas was amazing. Madeleine was a little slower to make her appearance. Emily was experiencing contraction after contraction and nothing was happening. After close to four hours, I noticed something dripping on the floor. I don’t know why, but I assumed that it was water for a moment. When I […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 14

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Sleeping is not easy when you are not on a bed.  We take our rest for granted.  Homelessness is a pervasive problem in our world.  We do violence everyday when we don’t consider the sleepless nights of others.  I spent the first few waking hours of my second day on pilgrimage walking against the death […]

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