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An Uneasy Agent of the State – Epilogue, The Loss of the Prophetic

A friend recently wondered, "Is it possible to be a religious conservative and a social liberal?" The comments varied. Some considered it a hypocritical position. Others described it as, "honest." (more…)

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An Uneasy Agent of the State: Part 3, Pastor as Prophet (Continued)

Where would we be had we taken seriously the reality that marriage as practiced is indeed a civil union? The purview of the State would be clearer and the role of the Christian community would be evident. (more…)

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Jesus and World Hunger – A Different Perspective

My friend Guy made the jump. He had dabbled with a Vegan diet before. Now, he is all in. Then, he issued a challenge, "Awaiting responses from my friends who are Jesus people, technically speaking." (more…)

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An Uneasy Agent of the State: Part 3 – Pastor as Prophet

“You can’t be Christian and support torture,” writes Brian Zhand. And, you can’t pastor if unwilling to be prophetic. Despite the continued effort to make chaplains of pastors, there comes a time when one must wake from slumber. (more…)

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Zhand, Sobrino, and Editing Isaiah

New Year's Eve I will visit Dr. Womack. The question will be, "Have my eyes changed?" My wife tells me that the color of my eyes change. Here I am talking about the strength of my eyes. Will I need to bi-focals? (more…)

Hospitable to the Hostile – Jesus Harbored in Derrida?

Hospitable to the Hostile – Jesus Harbored in Derrida?

I hope to come back and comment on this. My morning read had me mashing some things up. Demonstrating his own openness to continual revision, Derrida coined a new sign – hospitality – by synthesizing the words “hospitality” and “hostility.” Noting that both come from the same root word, the French hote – which can…Read More

Tragedy Without Sirens

Tragedy Without Sirens

Déjà vu. One more time we listened as at least one meteorologist said, “This is setting up like the May 3rd tornado.” In our area, May 3rd is like 9/11 is like April 19 is now like May 20. Our senses heighten when the crisis includes more than one person. When it involves nearly 60,000…Read More

A Text Message, A Tweet, and a Prayer

A Text Message, A Tweet, and a Prayer

Several families we know lost their homes in Moore. Others received damage and will need to plan repairs. We await word to go in and help. A number of friends from out of state contacted us to see if we were affected by the tornado. We were not in the path of the storm. But,…Read More

Not Just Tornadoes and Drought – Earthquakes Too

Not Just Tornadoes and Drought – Earthquakes Too

The Oklahoma Geological Observatory reported more than forty earthquakes in the past seven days (to May 12, 2013). Who knew?! Many of these ground-breaking events go unnoticed, except at the point of origin. We are in tornado season here in flyover country. When these storms fire up my coastal California friends will occasionally call, “Did…Read More

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