Tag: Jesus

  • The Source of All Goodness

    The Source of All Goodness

    As I read the translation of the Hebrew prayer to that in English during last week's Shabbat services (the first I've ever attended), I was struck by a particular description of Creator God: The Source of all Goodness.  During my recent trip to West Virginia,[..]
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  • All We’ve Ever Known: Subjugation

    All We’ve Ever Known: Subjugation

    He sat in the booth directly across from us, eating his dinner. Behind him four big-screen televisions were tuned to ball games. The waitress brought our waters, took our orders. He thought the man with the beard was my boyfriend, not my son. I didn't[..]
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  • Trick-Pony Language

    Trick-Pony Language

    She was telling a story, as people do when they gather together on a porch, or around a dinner table. Just a funny story, something that made her laugh, that made us laugh as she recounted it. But right in the middle of her story,[..]
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  • Where Goodness Abides

    Where Goodness Abides

    The menu was straight up Ireland: Corned beef (soaked in 2 pints of Guinness), boiled onions, potatoes and rutabagas. Boiled cabbage. Rye bread slathered in Irish butter. The guests were mostly California transplants. They came via serendipitous routes to Oregon, followings spouses, or children, or[..]
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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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  • Restoring the Stolen Jesus

    Restoring the Stolen Jesus

      Several years ago I visited a community in North Carolina that had two churches of the same denomination directly across an alley from one another. The exact same denomination. Two different churches. In a very small community. I don't know the history of what[..]
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  • God’s One Last Nerve

    God’s One Last Nerve

    Mama loved Charlie Rose. She'd come in from work, grab herself a bite to eat, kick off her shoes, and curl her legs up in her comfy chair. She'd pull that ashtray closer as she flipped the remote to Rose. Rose was her routine indulgence.[..]
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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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  • Some Place East of Fort Benning

    Some Place East of Fort Benning

        There is this red dirt drive just off the highway, some place east of Fort Benning, Georgia. If you are speeding or lost in dreams yet unrealized, you’ll surely miss it. You might not even notice the sign declaring Floria’s Folk Art Gallery.[..]
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