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The Edge of the Inside

The first iteration of the blog was, Just Todd, written on the old Blogger platform. I moved from there to Typead. After reading a piece by Father Richard Rohr, I adopted the blog title, The Edge of the Inside and moved to WordPress. Fr. Roher describes the prophetic position as, the edge of the inside. The location in the analogy provides an opportunity to welcome those who are coming and to engage those who are leaving. One may also utter a call to those just outside to consider Jesus is Lord while at the same time calling out the seat of power at the center of whatever group with which one may identify or what category accompany existing relationships. 

The new iteration of the website combines my interest in writing, though not as often as I like, with the opportunity to host a podcast. Here you will find newer and older posts. Over time we change. It is possible you may discover some of those changes if you care to read the older posts.

Thank you for stopping by.

What’s a Substack?

Over lunch today a friend described a loss of trust. That is, it was once taken for granted that neighbors would look out for each other. For this friend...

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It’s Quite Dusty in Here

July. That is the last time an RSS feed crawler discovered new content, posts or podcasts, around here. Some plugins needed updating. I am in talks with my advisor...

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When I Had More Hair

Like circa 1994. Last week the Memories feature of Facebook alerted my mother to a photo of me, Patty, Kimberly, and Tommie from 1994. One of the first things...

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Riding the Bull?

My friend C.B. Scott has a way with metaphors. He chose a bull riding analogy to describe what it is like to submit a Resolution to the Southern Baptist...

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Lines Left on the Cutting Floor

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at a press conference in support of Public Education in Oklahoma representing Pastors for Oklahoma Kids. Our Executive Director was not sure...

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What Is Assumed

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God, we have a saying, we human beings, “Never assume for when you do you make . . .”, well that is not really appropriate for...

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The Voice Creates, Breaks and Tears Apart

Pastoral Prayer: O Lord our God, Presidents, Congressional Delegates and all forms of human rule come and go. We ourselves live and die. But You are forever. Your Kingdom...

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I Can Say What I Want!

We don’t have ears to hear— that’s what Jesus didn’t account for. Language presents us with challenges. For an obvious example, it’s difficult— perhaps impossible— to talk about politics....

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What if prisoners are more free?

Cobbling some constructive events from my past led me to recall some instances that made me terribly uncomfortable as a young teenager. One of those came when our Youth...

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These Are My Mothers, My Sisters, and My Brothers

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God Almighty,  you have given us good things. James reminds us that every good and perfect gift comes from you, the Father of Lights, in whom...

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