piety

Reverent devotion to God. I can respect that. I met lots of pious people in my recent trip and conference. Please don't confuse piety with being sanctimonious or pretentious. Piety connotes humility while these other more common traits suggest self-absorption rather than God-absorption. In my last installment of this series, I told a story of... Continue Reading →

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vanity

We tend to project our own insights and motivations into the behavior of others. For example, a politician I know often accuses others of doing things simply for political gain, as opposed to honestly "for the good of others." There is, often, no basis for such opinion, and when the accusation is spoken it usually... Continue Reading →

liberty

I learned some significant lessons recently at an International Religious Freedom Conference in Washington D.C. I was granted the undeserved honor of sitting beside some esteemed friends on a panel about Nigerian Genocide, and I guarantee that I learned more from them than they did from me. There is quite a difference between fighting for... Continue Reading →

prayer

The idea of the existence of a god fascinates me. A being that is so big, it spoke the big bang into happening. So infinite that it holds the "infinite" universe like I might hold a towel. So full of omniscience that man's science looks like a toddler discovering his toes. Perhaps even more astounding... Continue Reading →

flood

I don't like disasters, but I do enjoy seeing people work together. When the Arkansas River waters first began to rise a few weeks ago, I was watching the local and national news and it was full of "us versus them" stories. Republicans v. Democrats, Americans v. Russians, whites v. blacks, liberals v. conservatives -... Continue Reading →

restore

I am a Christian. But more and more I feel compelled to say "I'm not THAT KIND of Christian." I think I hear someone saying, "Now what could you possibly mean by that?" Well I'm so glad you asked. I simply mean that there are Christians who spend their public time and words and energy... Continue Reading →

Farewell 2018

I can't say I'll miss this year. Not because it has been bad - it hasn't - but because I'm ready for a few changes. I want to be more true to myself. Is that so much to ask? No more trying to be a redneck. No more trying to be part of either political... Continue Reading →

Emmanuel Pantokrator

Christmas has come and gone. But even in the absence of Christmas: Emmanuel. God is with us. He doesn't leave when the decorations come down, or the tree becomes a fish habitat, or even when the presents lose their newness. He remains, as He always has been and always will be. And its not just... Continue Reading →

The Singer Christmas

(An excerpt from "The Singer Trilogy" by Calvin Miller) The Father and his Troubadour sat down Upon the outer rim of space "And here, My Singer," said Earthmaker, "is the crown of all my endless skies - the green, brown sphere of all my hopes." He reached and took the round new planet down, and... Continue Reading →

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