And God Cries

A Lament One moment Breath, the next it’s gone;    lungs full but not of air.       Bereft of loved ones’ touch          They die alone. And God cries. “Use the inside lot,” the suit says.    “Guards will keep the riffraff out.”       Money insulates the powered          from the ones they pledged to …

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Grace Isn’t Natural But Necessary

Grace isn’t natural. We aren’t born with it, and it isn’t easy to understand. But it is necessary to grow and thrive. Laws we understand. Laws and rules make it possible for large numbers of people to live together and cooperate for the common good. Even at the family level, there are rules — spoken …

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Grace in a Time of Turmoil

It’s difficult to live in Grace in a time of turmoil — for me, anyway. Thoughts and feelings get tumbled around as everyone and everything clamors for attention: COVID numbers, politicians, protests, counter-protests, job hunts, healthcare providers, bills, friends and family. I easily get tumbled around and lose my center, my grounding. How can I …

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The Curse of the Big Picture

I envy those who aren’t cursed by the need to see the big picture — those who see the world from one perspective in black and white, right and wrong, us and them. Once you begin to realize that much of life is really gray, it’s hard to go back. And it’s uncomfortable as hell. …

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Is the Jury System Obsolete?

No one seems to take jury duty seriously anymore, including the U.S. Senate. When I tell people that I’ve been summoned for jury duty, I get one (or both) of two reactions: “You poor thing,” and “Here’s how to get out of it.” On the other end of the spectrum, the Senate leadership has already …

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America Is Not a Christian Nation — Never Has Been, Nor Should It Be

As both a Christian and an American, I firmly believe in the separation of Church and State. Please hear me out. We are nearing Thanksgiving in the U.S. and are surrounded by reminders of the Pilgrims sitting down with their new neighbors to give thanks for surviving to that point. It’s easy to forget why …

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Dear Fellow American Gun Owners

On August 31, 2019, my path crossed that of a mass killer. I live in Odessa, Texas, and was in the shopping area where most of the random shooting took place. Going from store to store on a hunt for a new outdoor grill, five minutes later at one intersection — or earlier at another …

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