Tag: faith

  • Just One of the Dreamers

    Just One of the Dreamers

    [caption id="attachment_3813" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Photo by Julie Juris Utterback[/caption] A black woman preached in the church I'm attending. Her message stirred me to thinking, as it did many others. It wasn't that her message was that different from a hundred others I've heard over my[..]
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  • Not a White Person’s Christian

    Not a White Person’s Christian

    All I am is a vessel, doing God's work. If you watched the National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama, you likely heard words similar to that. Surely, you heard Alabama freshman quarterback Tua stand before the microphone and cameras and declare that the very[..]
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  • Twirling in a New Year: 2018

    Twirling in a New Year: 2018

        I love new things, don't you? New socks. New mascara. New sheets. New towels. New shoes. New books. New friends. I mean I love old things, too. Old jeans. Old boots. Old photos. Old jewelry. Old books. Old friends. There's just something comforting[..]
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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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  • Bragging Rights to Predatory Abuses

    Bragging Rights to Predatory Abuses

      Tim stopped by the front office where he works last week and apologized to all the women there on behalf of all the wrongs men have perpetuated, continue to perpetuate, against women. It wasn't a planned apology. It was spontaneous and heartfelt. As the[..]
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  • Murfreesboro: Making Racists Unwelcome

    Murfreesboro: Making Racists Unwelcome

      I was in Murfreesboro just a week or so ago. I have been making regular trips there for decades now. I remember when the town was a quaint Tennessee community with a couple of red lights and a town square. I've been returning to[..]
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  • The Angels in Texas

    The Angels in Texas

    I awoke to the news of an eight-month old girl found clinging to her drowned momma in Texas.  Rescuers were able to save the baby just moments before she and her momma would have been carried under a railroad trestle where the water would have[..]
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  • God’s Hot Mess

    God’s Hot Mess

    I think about obituaries more than many in my wide-circle of friends do. This isn't some age-oriented obsession, I've collected obits for years. People mail them to me from all over. So perhaps it isn't surprising that when I learned that Reince Priebus had been[..]
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  • Jack Hyles’s Legacy: Donald Trump

    Jack Hyles’s Legacy: Donald Trump

      As I've been working on this next book - a true crime murder story - I have found myself doing some research on a church in Indiana. Perhaps you are familiar with First Baptist of Hammond, Indiana? Oddly enough, I spent time in Hammond[..]
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