Category Archives: Race

Talking to Strangers

I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know. So much of this book was a revelation, especially in light of the seismic cultural shifts we’ve witnessed in the last … Continue reading

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That’s What I See

Two images have been seared in my mind these past few days. Both are scandalous, although for differing reasons. The image of George Floyd… …and the image of President Trump. The contrast between the two is stark. The image of … Continue reading

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My Daughter’s Thoughts

My fifteen-year-old daughter’s thoughts on what is happening in this country right now:

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What Breaks Your Heart?

What breaks your heart? I’ve been thinking about the things that get us really incensed, the sorts of things that outrage us. In my circles, I hear a lot of outrage over things like businesses requiring patrons to wear masks. … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: A God Who Creates, Part 2

The Bible begins with this universal truth: God is the Creator. Not only are we all created by God; we’re also created a particular way, for a particular purpose. According to Genesis 1:27, all humanity bears the image of God.  … Continue reading

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On “Rights”

We are a nation founded upon the principle — among others — of unalienable rights. The Declaration of Independence boldly speaks of truths that are “self-evident”, that everyone — men, women, children — is created equally. This verb choice leads … Continue reading

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Best Books of 2018

Each year, I set a goal to read 52 books — one book per week for the entire year. I usually fall short of the goal — I think 2011 was the last year I hit the mark. For point … Continue reading

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Daily Bible: Leviticus 5-6

Lev. 5:11, But if his means are insufficient even for two doves or two young pigeons, then he is to bring as his offering for the sin he committed two quarts of fine flour for a sin offering…(CJB) By now … Continue reading

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When Hope and History Rhyme: A Christmas Eve Meditation

Originally posted on already & not yet:
“Peace on Earth” has been called U2’s most agnostic song. Recorded as part of the 2000 release, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, the song’s lyrics were inspired by the Real IRA Omagh…

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Best Books of 2016

Time for my annual list of best books I’ve read this year. (To access my previous “best books” lists, click here.) Each year I set out with a goal to read 52 books — one per week. Admittedly, that’s an … Continue reading

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