Tag: faith

  • 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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  • Victory Drive-In and other Sidelong Summer Jobs

    Victory Drive-In and other Sidelong Summer Jobs

    Fewer kids are seeking summer employment, so say the reports. According to The Atlantic there's a good reason why fewer kids are seeking summer employment: Education is to blame, rather than indolence. Teens are remaining in high school longer, going to college more often, and taking more[..]
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  • Not All Sin is Equal

    Not All Sin is Equal

    I spoke with a woman recently who said she was struggling to find a faith. Nodding toward her husband, who was tending to their toddler, she said, "He's a Christian, but I'm having a difficult time with it." Her ability to carve out a faith,[..]
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  • What’s Left of Right?

    What’s Left of Right?

    Karen's Note: The following is a post from a veteran-turned-pastor friend. Many of you regular readers are already familiar with Roger.  Please feel free to share your thoughts with him. I know he'd like to engage with you on these matters. Roger lives and serves in[..]
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  • My Prayers for 2017

    My Prayers for 2017

      I have this painting that a friend made me. It is a colorful painting with a big yellow sun in it and the phrase "FIND YOUR HAPPY" in big bold letters. FIND YOUR HAPPY. Many a theologian has warned us that if we go[..]
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  • The Uncomfortable Truth

    The Uncomfortable Truth

      Some of my best friends are white evangelicals who voted for Trump. As you might imagine that has created a fissure Grand Canyon-wide between us and threatens to destroy the very relationships that have weathered storms for 30 years or more. I am saddened by[..]
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