Year: 2016

For the Love of Money

If you’d prefer, listen to the podcast. 1 Timothy 6:10 NIV:  “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

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How Did Trump Win?

The day after the recent election, Zoe asked me, “How did Trump win?” I said, “Ask your grandma,” because her grandma had voted for the fellow. But that was only an easy answer I gave because I felt too dismayed

Hope and Bob Dylan

About a week before Bob Dylan was honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature,  a mighty powerful thought came to me. I had been talking to a friend about the way we often distort our thinking. Suppose a loved one

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The Necessity of Hope

I can’t seem to make myself stop beginning the day with a dose of world news. This morning I read about the many political assassinations in Russia, and about the thousands of deaths and nearly unfathomable misery the people of

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Love Your Work

If we love our work, we will treat it with profound respect. Flannery O’Connor was one of the great originals. She could be honest, profound and outrageous all at once. So I value her opinion more than most people’s. In

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Love Your Characters

From Writing and the Spirit: I told my daughter Darcy I’d been convicted to take more seriously the injunction to love our enemies. “But suppose,” I said, “a neighbor comes roaring home daily at 3 a.m. in his ’55 Chevy

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Nowadays, “white”, “Christian”, and “evangelical”, are loaded words. White can mean oppressor; Christian can mean ignorant; and evangelical often means bigot. Since I could be called a white evangelical Christian, I frequently take offense at the way they are used.

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Love Better

From Writing and the Spirit: In church, Olga said she believed that when people prayed for her, the prayers were effective because the people who prayed loved her. A light flashed in my dim brain and I saw that prayers

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Trump and Evangelicals

Recently I read that four-fifths of “evangelicals” intend to vote for Donald Trump. As a writer, I’m all about words. And a common word that concerns me is evangelical. I’ve been a churchgoer for about twenty-five years and a believer

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Be Perfect II

Pointing to some children, Jesus said, “the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Which implies we can’t be perfect unless we can be like children. Since we all have been children, we’re able to take real or imaginary