Tag: America

  • Don’t call me a Christian anymore

    Don’t call me a Christian anymore

    I made a run out to the landfill this morning. I’ve made the trip at least half-a-dozen times over the past couple of weeks as I’ve unpacked. This city doesn’t do cardboard recycle bins like our former city does. That’s because every home has its[..]
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  • Face-to-Face with God

    Face-to-Face with God

    [caption id="attachment_3753" align="aligncenter" width="940"] There is no better moving crew than Mormons. This group turned out to move us out of old home. The guys in suits served as cheerleaders.[/caption] We got moved. Sort of. All our stuff is pushed back against the walls of[..]
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  • America is not Great

    America is not Great

    America is not great. America is not even good. America is a country where children are being gunned down in their schools, in their homes, in their churches. America is not great. America is not even good. America is a country where white men with[..]
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  • Y’all Need Jesus

    Y’all Need Jesus

    I'd forgotten about it, honestly. Forgotten about the way Jesus trends in the South. Forgotten about the ways in which religious folks in the South pimped Jesus out for an almighty dollar. I know. I know. You'd think someone who literally wrote the book on[..]
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  • On the Jagged Edge of Life

    On the Jagged Edge of Life

    Gina remembers being hungry a lot as a youngster. It's something that sticks with a person, that desperation, even years after the hunger has been satiated. Go hungry as a child and that's what you'll remember of your childhood, the way you had to scrape[..]
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  • Truth Isn’t Always Self-Evident

    Truth Isn’t Always Self-Evident

    This is an exercise in reasoning. It might be a little hard to grasp at first but bear with me. It may seem improbable, but it is possible for one's pea-picking brain to hold two truths in one's head at one time. For instance, "It[..]
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  • The Danger of Nationalism & the Complexities of Grace

    The Danger of Nationalism & the Complexities of Grace

    I've been working through the topic of forgiveness all year. It is the theme of the upcoming book - Christian Bend (Fall 2017, Mercer University Press). It's one of those God poetry things. I knew when I began writing this Appalachian tale that takes place in Tennessee[..]
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  • On the Road Again

    On the Road Again

    Last night I was cleaning up some files on my computer and came across some old photos on a flash drive I had set aside. Many of the pictures were from my last residency at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts. That's me with[..]
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  • God does not love America

    God does not love America

    God does not love America. If that offends you, you have a problem. God does not love Israel. Israel as a nation is a construct of the Truman Administration and some legal wrangling within the United Nations. I know we have been taught -- truly[..]
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