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The Intellectual Laziness Of The Easy Answer

A political season for me is on par with buying a used car or getting a root canal. They are all necessary but unavoidable evils. And each is a genuine pain in the…well, you know. In politics, the way extremes emerge, agendas are touted and leaders are lampooned grates on my nerves like a classroom of first graders […]

A Blanket Proposal

It wasn’t his best day. Not even close. After a very long obedience in the right direction, he let down his guard, had a bit too much to drink and wound up in a highly compromising situation. Had he been able to stay awake, he would have been embarrassed and humiliated. But he was in […]

Running on Tiptoe!

She is one and she is walking. Fast! Isabella went from wobbling like a Weeble to running like an Olympian in what seemed like days. Funny thing is she walks—even runs—on her tiptoes. She isn’t terribly stable and she falls fairly often, but she bounces back up and immediately starts bounding like a gazelle on the […]

On A Scale of 1 to 10…

Picture a scene in a really bad B movie–the main character slowly wakes from a deep coma. Eyes open, thoughts forming, but unable to move. Trapped in the frightening fog between dead to the world or alive to the pain. That was me. I had just spent six hours under general anesthesia and was now […]

Ordinary Idols

Wait…what!? That was my reaction as I read the words. Once in a while Eugene Peterson paraphrases a line in the Bible and catches its meaning in a startling, even painful way. This was one of those times. In a culture that likes to think of itself as progressive and informed, the idea postulated in the […]

Our Daily Bread

Warning: having children who are healthy, green, fit and organic will take all the fun out of junk food. Nothing will ruin a good fast food binge like learning what is actually in the crap I just consumed. It seems my young ‘uns are committed to having me around for a while so they take […]

Too Much For Our Own Good

Contempt. The proverbial offspring of familiarity. It is the sense that we know something so well that we know it completely. Nothing mysterious, surprising or arousing is left to discover. That which is held in contempt is not despised because it is evil, it is devalued because it is common. Sometimes we are too close […]

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