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The Intellectual Laziness Of The Easy Answer

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A political season for me is on par with buying a used car or getting a root canal. They are all unavoidable necessary evils. And each is a genuine pain…

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The Dignity Of Humility

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Arrogance seldom has as good a platform to strut its obnoxious nature as during political seasons. The current one might well take the cake. A mind-numbing glut of information has…

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What Remains

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Each year I try to sum up my annual trip around the sun. In a word or two, I want to catch the essence of what I have experienced. Sometimes…

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I Wouldn’t Go There!

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It is a kind of red flag warning. Words meant to stop you from going where angels fear to tread. You are about to venture into an arena of conversation…

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Manger

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I had no idea this is what I was made for. Holding a baby. Not just any baby either. The Baby. Seemed as ridiculous then as it does now. You…

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They Opened Their Treasures

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Packing up a house after living in it for 15-years is not for the faint of heart. How can anyone collect so much “stuff”? But in the midst of the tearing…

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A Living Nativity

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It is a sign as sure as Santa on a sleigh or trimmed trees on display. I know Advent is almost here when I see so many churches advertising their…

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A Blanket Proposal

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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…

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The Absurdification Of Culture

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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…

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What Good Is That?

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Since the Garden, human beings have had two maladies that choke our connection with God and limit our effect on the world. We undervalue the reality of God that is…

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Circle Of Quiet…Clamor Of Evil

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Andrew. Opal. Charlie. Ivan. Jeanne. Francis. Dennis. Wilma. Just ordinary names…until you attach them to Hurricanes.  I’ve lived through all 8 of these in my 30 years as a Floridian.…

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The Great Divide

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It’s a memory as fresh as yesterday, even though I have made more than forty laps around the sun since then. The scope and scale of what I saw were enormous.…

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