• My Friend Bob

    My Friend Bob

    Bob Hollis was my friend. We first met at Navarre United Methodist Church in Florida. He had read a book I'd written titled Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? (Zondervan) and may have encouraged his pastor to read it as well. I received an invitation[..]
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  • How to Watch the Impeachment: The People’s Role

    How to Watch the Impeachment: The People’s Role

      And so it starts,  the third presidential impeachment of my lifetime. That might be the case for several of you readers as well. I was in high school during the Watergate impeachment inquiry. I was a reporter working the newsroom during the Clinton impeachment.[..]
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  • I am the Whistleblower

    I am the Whistleblower

    I once walked in on a teacher and a student in a situation. The door was closed. The female student was leaned over the male teacher from behind, hugging him. It was an act of intimacy. One you might see exchanged between a husband and[..]
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  • God Ain’t Using You to Show Off

    God Ain’t Using You to Show Off

      I recoil almost every time I walk into someone's home and eye a big ole "BLESSED" painted on a slab of wood hanging on the wall. Or whenever someone walks past me in the grocery store wearing a t-shirt that declares "Blessed." Really, y'all?[..]
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  • In Search of Ghosts

    In Search of Ghosts

    I went in search of a ghost story. A story as familiar to me as that of Esther or Ruth; stories which have been repeated to me since before I knew how to read myself. I can't remember the first time I heard the story[..]
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  • Lynching is very American

    Lynching is very American

      "All Republicans must remember what they see here is a lynching." Donald J. Trump “This is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American.” Senator Lindsey Graham. "Almost 5,000 lynchings were recorded in the United States between 1882 and 1968. Most of their victims[..]
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  • Lies on a Napkin

    Lies on a Napkin

      She sent me an email, this woman I didn't know. Let's call her Ginger. There was this story I had written a while back about an Army Ranger. Ginger thought I ought to know the truth about him. We had met by chance, this[..]
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  • Trading the Porch for an iPhone

    Trading the Porch for an iPhone

      She carried a knitted hat as she walked into the restaurant. Her disabled son only a step or two behind her. He slid into the booth. She walked up to the table where I sat with my coffee. "Put this on my bill," she[..]
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  • The Onus of Forgiveness

    The Onus of Forgiveness

    [caption id="attachment_4862" align="aligncenter" width="618"] This photo shows a bronze statue called "Raise Up", part of the display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in lynchings (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)[/caption] During the Amber Guyger sentencing, the[..]
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