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Simple Things

I opened my eyes and looked down and Steve was holding the door for me, grinning to himself. I have no idea how long he had been holding it, though it was probably only a couple seconds, long enough to cause him to smile at my basking in the open air. via So, Steve Jobs […]

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Steven

While people I should have loved enough to help suffered, I was having too good a time to notice.

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A Good Thing

In a marriage, you begin to understand your partner’s true self. You see the person they’re longing to be.

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Interview

‘A whole lot of God’

Over the course of nine years and thousands of personal interviews, Macel Ely came to know the lives and stories of the Appalachian mountain people.

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Essays

Thomas the Believer

Jesus was dead. Anyone who said otherwise was either crazy or lying. Thomas had no desire to waste time entertaining the tales of hysterical women or deluded men. Jesus was dead and all the wishful thinking in the world wasn’t changing that. Ridiculous chatter about visions in gardens and visits from the master only made […]

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Oh, Momma!

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. I know, I know. Old news. At least I hope it’s old news. You didn’t forget, did you? Anyway. The Mother’s Day holiday put me in mind of some of my favorite literary mothers. And I thought I’d share a few with you.

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Essays

Love, Change and Being Made Whole

Harold Hill is a man whose life has been without purpose. Marian Peroo, the River City librarian (Hill’s love interest in the play), is a woman whose life has never quite taken off. When they meet, it’s obvious they need each other to be whole.

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Super

I have a feeling that James Gunn’s second feature “Super” is going to be misunderstood. I’ll grant that it will probably be misunderstood for some very compelling reasons. The movie is profane and disturbing beyond belief. The violence in “Super” is shocking in the way I imagine the violence of “Robocop” must have been for […]

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Comedy and Prophecy

I sometimes think of comedians kind of like Old Testament prophets. Seems like prophets show up when a society needs a kick in the pants.

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Between Two Worlds

In prayer, we grapple with eternity, we strive to touch the gates of heaven, to understand the mind of God and to enter into communion with the Lord. And, just as Jacob limped away from his encounter with the angel of God, we leave the experience of prayer marked as people who’ve stood in the presence of Incarnate Love.