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 →

atrocity

genocide. torture. denial of basic human rights based on gender, religion, nationality, perspective, et cetera. Atrocities such as these are honestly not at the front of the mind of most Americans living comfortably in their 3 bedroom homes with their 2.5 children. and I'm not sure whether they should be or not, frankly. Because these... Continue Reading →

The Washingtons (ep.12)

Christmas always comes like a thief in the night for some and is dragged in and propped up around halloween by others. The difference may be the need or willingness or reluctance to express whatever joy, or lack thereof, that accompanies the holiday. That said, the Washingtons were not not feeling it but the members... Continue Reading →

The Washingtons (ep.11)

After the ride from Target in the back of a truck, Unity awakened in a comfortable bed in an Airstream camper, just as she expected. As much as the camper was a brilliant shiny metal shell, her senses and emotions were dulled and numb. According to the plan, she was well set up to live... Continue Reading →

The Washingtons (ep.10)

The friendships formed in the house church, through the intimacy of the small group and the openness and sincerity of its members, allowed the group to learn about the history of Unity. They learned of all the people who have abandoned Unity in favor of their own convenience, including her natural parents, and they saw... Continue Reading →

The Washingtons (ep.9)

She hardly caught an ounce of sleep the night before her alarm awakened her for her appointment. Reagan had taken the kids to school so that she could sleep in a little, both of them knowing sleep would be difficult due to nerves. After he returned home to pick her up, they loaded and got... Continue Reading →

The Washingtons (pilot)

Imagine a happy, classic American family: two parents, Reagan and Roosevelt (Rosy for short) Washington, two kids, Liberty and Unity, and a dog and maybe a cat. Let's go ahead and put a goldfish and a guppy in a tank on the bar between the kitchen and dining room. One kid is in dance and... Continue Reading →

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