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The Right Kind of Crazy

Madness. It reigned over and rained on this city just weeks before we landed this weekend at McCarran International airport. Las Vegas–affectionately dubbed “sin-city”–was shaken to its core when sin made its ugliest darkside known. A thoroughly broken man lit up this city of lights with a semi-automatic weapon, a bump stock and a cache […]

The Absurdification of Culture

It was a flash of mobile irony. Driving home after dropping off my teacher-wife at school, I was listening to National Public Radio. I enjoy the unique way they narrate the news. The story was about a dog grooming salon in Taiwan where the proprietor/groomer, Xiao Mo, is experimenting with canine quaffs created in distinct geometric shapes. Using skills […]

Do I Really Have A Voice?

Righteous indignation. That is what many of my Christian friends call their reaction to the Supreme Court decision concerning same-sex marriage. Heated debates are popping up in both traditional and social media forcing people to opposite sides in rancorous arguments about civil liberties, legal rights and traditional values. Seems just about everyone is wading into […]

Sawdust, Shepherds and a Savior

He traced his fingers over the rough-hewn wood, gazing intently at the orderly array of tools. The miter, the saw, the hammer, the plane. This little carpenter shop was somehow different now. Last night Joseph received a visit while he slept. Today he understood that the baby which he had not sired was a gift […]

More Than…

He was supposed to draw a “hero”–you know, someone who does dramatic things that save people’s lives. You would expect a fire-fighter, soldier or policeman. Or at least a comic book superhero. He drew a Starbucks barista. This first grader seemed to have it all wrong. How did a person who brewed high-priced java become […]

A Questionable Life

How could they do that? The question is asked when wondering how an addict stoops to those depths, a pop star makes crazy an art form, a husband abandons his wife and little ones, a pastor risks everything for nothing, a woman turns traitor on a friend. It is a natural response when looking at outlandish, controversial, […]

Livin’ The Dream

Dream chasing. It’s not what you expect when you sit with octogenarians. Most men of this age have quit believing in dreams and chasing fantasies. They are old enough to know better. Thankfully, some don’t. One day last week I enjoyed the unexpected privilege of sitting separately with two of my heroes. At the age […]

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