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“The Burials of These Babies”

“We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring you breaking news from Newtown, Connecticut.” We’ve all heard the tragic news from last Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. In a matter of moments, twenty-six souls stepped out of time and … Continue reading

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4 Traits to Cultivate for Community Health

I’ve noticed in my travels four common traits across cultures. To be a healthy, viable culture, I believe all four need to be present. Humor. I exchanged jokes with a Russian friend while my family and I lived in Khabarovsk, … Continue reading

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When We Invite People Into Community, What Are We Wanting Them to Experience?

Have you ever seen a group of people you wished you could join but you were a stranger, an outsider looking in? I remember an American Christian Fiction Writers banquet held in Minneapolis (the one in Minnesota). A room divider … Continue reading

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Rumors of God Book Review

A friend’s mistake and recommendation prompted me to read Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson. Richard Burkey attended a Christian conference and received three complimentary books. He had the choice of which three and picked up the … Continue reading

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Today’s Gritty Reality or Tomorrow’s Smooth Sailing?

As I wrote a few days ago, Ellen and I look at the Jimmy parked in the sand and have two different thoughts. Ellen sees the picture and imagines the SUV’s passengers walking on the beach.  Her thoughts on this … Continue reading

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What If Your Childhood Was a Train Wreck?

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.” That’s what John Edward Pearce said. But what if your childhood was a train wreck? What if your memories of home are … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of “Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me”

From the first page, I had a question about Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron. How did a guy I’d never heard of get his memoir published? After all, memoirs that get … Continue reading

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A 3-D Relationship with God: Difficult, Dangerous, and Disheartening

Bang. Miss. Bang. Miss. Bang. Bang. Miss. Miss. Bang. Bang. Bang. Miss. Miss. Miss. Dang! Dang! Dang! If I had to hunt for a living, I’d starve. I started thinking about the ONE and failure on a Saturday after an … Continue reading

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Friends, We Have a Leak!

Music! I hear music in my head. Gorgeous music, joyful music, fantastic you-never-heard-this-before music, the kind of music that would make your heart dance. I have only two problems (only two? That’d be my wife’s response). First, in my head … Continue reading

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