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Welcome. Thank you for stopping by to check out these pages. My interests are rather eclectic, including but not limited to history, politics, sports, and spiritual formation; especially fascinated in exploring those intersections where faith meets reality.

My first book, An Ordinary Story of Extraordinary Hope accepts that life is hard. True life narrative is tied to Scripture to describe God's presence in the midst of painful circumstances.

My second book is fiction. The novel, Days of Purgatory is a mystery thriller set against the backdrop of westward expansion. It explores some disturbing themes regarding the depravity of the human heart and does so in a manner that ought to cause the reader to examine the meaning of faith, spirituality, and the broken nature of life. My third book, Shadows of Revenge continues the story that began with Days of Purgatory. The sequel is an adventure mystery set in and around Abilene, Kansas in 1872. Deacon Coburn, a realist galvanized by his past, is startled when remnants of yesteryear track him down. The saga unfolds further in my fouth book, Echoes of Evil, which opens in the midst of a ferocious winterstorm. Populated by old west heroes and outlaws, the story is a life and death struggle that has harrowing turns and supernatural overtones.

All four books are available at Amazon.

The Jodat Chronicles can be found at WWW.DANCESWITHCORN.COM. Jedediah Jodat is a mysterious character who gets entangled in trials and troubles. He is a time traveler and soldier of fortune. His roots, story, and ongoing adventures are always fascinating and routinely end in cliff hanging situations.

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  • Christmas: The Simply Profound Mystery
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    Christmas: The Simply Profound Mystery

    3 years ago

    Every December Christmas is celebrated. In the glitter, presents, and social expectations the profound mystery of Christmas can be missed. This essay considers the bedrock truth on which the commemoration of December...

  • 1972: The Apocalyptic Banana Incident
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    1972: The Apocalyptic Banana Incident

    3 years ago

    1972 was long ago and faraway. These are some reflections on the those times, along with the hilarity of a Winter Carnival banana eating contest at E. L. Crossley Secondary School.

  • Hope & Redemption In This Sweet Old World
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    Hope & Redemption In This Sweet Old World

    2 years ago

    The past can guilt us, grind us down, and impact the present and future. Yet because of hope and redemption, a new beginning is always available to us.

  • Eleanor Rigby: All The Lonely People
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    Eleanor Rigby: All The Lonely People

    3 years ago

    Loneliness is the human condition. More often than we may admit, everyone struggles with a sense of detachment from others. This essay considers the eloquence of the song Eleanor Rigby in the context of a supernatural...

  • Satan’s Jewel Crown, Spring, Sin & The Cross
    12

    Satan’s Jewel Crown, Spring, Sin & The Cross

    18 months ago

    Springtime, which is all about rebirth and renewal, comes around every year in the midst of Lent. This essay considers the song Satan's Jewel Crown to illustrate the human condition. It's a hopeful exploration of sin...

  • Dispensing Grace: Where Faith Meets Reality
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    Dispensing Grace: Where Faith Meets Reality

    18 months ago

    Once upon a time there was moral certainty in our society. Nowadays we are immersed in moral ambiguity advocated and promoted by cultural forces in the media. Yet, regardless of what the pundits declare to be...

  • Hey Tomorrow, Where Are You Going?
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    Hey Tomorrow, Where Are You Going?

    3 years ago

    Each day passes and we all accumulate lots of yesterdays. Today comes and goes far too quickly, and we all wonder what tomorrow will bring. This essay uses a song by Jim Croce to look at life in the context of what it...

  • Something Rotten, Something Wondrous
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    Something Rotten, Something Wondrous

    5 months ago

    Troubles are part and parcel of life. We all experience hard times that can be described as being rotten. This essay considers prayer and the Advent Season to direct the reader to hope, help and redemption.

  • Janis Joplin, Thanksgiving & A Mercedes Benz
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    Janis Joplin, Thanksgiving & A Mercedes Benz

    3 years ago

    The Occupy Wall Street movement is fueled by greed. This essay examines the envy stirred up by the culture of consumerism. It also offers a simple antidote rooted in the principles of Thanksgiving Day.

  • Mister Rock Of Ages
    10

    Mister Rock Of Ages

    19 months ago

    The past is a collection of moments both good and bad. This essay explores how to deal with the hard stuff of life and features "Mister Rock Of Ages" by Gordon Lightfoot.

  • So Help Me God
    25

    So Help Me God

    2 years ago

    In the United States we are officially religious. The presidential and judicial oaths of office proves this beyond all doubt, erasing the mythical wall of separation between Church and State. This essay explores the...

  • The Road: Life & Life Only
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    The Road: Life & Life Only

    2 years ago

    Life comes equipped with hairpin turns and nasty surprises. Blowouts on the road of life can knock us off course or cause us to recalibrate our directional choices. This essay explores life in the context of ancient...

  • Faith & Hope: Every Grain Of Sand
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    Faith & Hope: Every Grain Of Sand

    2 years ago

    Sometimes life kicks the snot out of us. This Hub is a reminder that faith can be restored and revived. It features "Every Grain Of Sand" by Bob Dylan.

  • On The Road: Aztec Ruins
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    On The Road: Aztec Ruins

    19 months ago

    Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwestern New Mexico is the legacy of the Anasazi a.k.a. Ancient Pueblo People. It is a treasure rich in beginning to understand the lives of those who conquered the high desert...

  • On The Road: New Mexico
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    On The Road: New Mexico

    2 years ago

    New Mexico is an enchanted land of wondrous sights. This piece is a personal reflection on the physical and spiritual journey that brought me to New Mexico.

  • On The Road: Abilene & Beyond
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    On The Road: Abilene & Beyond

    2 years ago

    Understanding and coming to terms with changes of direction in life is not an exact science. This essay uses Mary Chapin Carpenter's song, "The Calling" to consider the choices we make at those crossroads...

  • On The Road: Dylan Songs
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    On The Road: Dylan Songs

    3 years ago

    Volumes have been written about the legendary Bob Dylan. This essay is a personal reflection that features "Jokerman" and "Series Of Dreams".

  • Of Piglets & Apocalyptic Nightmares
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    Of Piglets & Apocalyptic Nightmares

    19 months ago

    A long time ago, two teen-age boys were given the assignment of unloading a truckload of piglets. They were inexperienced, ill-prepared, and ill-equipped for the task. I was one of those boys, and the hilarious story is...

  • May 21, 2011: An Apocalyptic Minstrel Show
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    May 21, 2011: An Apocalyptic Minstrel Show

    2 years ago

    Harold Camping has many believing that the end of the world will come in 2011, with the supernatural happenings on May 21st being the first step. This Hub explores and exposes the deceptive nature of end times hysteria.

  • On The Road: Highway Ladies
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    On The Road: Highway Ladies

    19 months ago

    Good music enhances road trips. This piece explores songs by highway ladies Rosanne Cash, Mary Gauthier, and Emmylou Harris. It stirs emotions as it reflects on matters of life and death.

  • No Accident: A Truly Ugly Story
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    No Accident: A Truly Ugly Story

    19 months ago

    This is a fact-based fictionalized story about the death of a man in February, 1971. It was an industrial accident at the open-pit mines of Port Colborne Quarries. It is intense and personal, for the man was my father.

  • Crossroads: Running On Faith
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    Crossroads: Running On Faith

    2 years ago

    On our faith journey we often come to bewildering intersections where we must make a choice or decision. This essay uses "The Wizard of Oz", "Running On Faith" and the words of Jesus to reflect on...

  • Imitate God: A Profound Command
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    Imitate God: A Profound Command

    3 years ago

    God meets each of us at our point of need with forgiveness and love. This essay explores what it means for us to pass that forgiveness and love along to those within our circles of influence.

  • Lessons Found In Snow & Dog Poop
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    Lessons Found In Snow & Dog Poop

    19 months ago

    Sometimes the mundane aspects of life can teach us lessons to be applied day by day. This essay looks at the dirty job of picking up dog poop, and in doing so, seeing a reflection of God's love and grace.

  • Faith: A Big Adventure
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    Faith: A Big Adventure

    2 years ago

    Walking by faith should never be boring or humdrum. God challenges us to stretch and grow. This essay explores what it means to live courageously by trusting and obeying each step of the journey.

  • Prayer: My Will Be Done
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    Prayer: My Will Be Done

    3 years ago

    Prayer is essential for balance and harmony. This essay examines the Lord's Prayer in the context of what it means to be walking contradictions striving to be real and authentic believers in Jesus Christ.

  • Faith: Does Jesus Make Any Difference?
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    Faith: Does Jesus Make Any Difference?

    2 years ago

    At Christmastime in affluent North America consumerism goes on a rampage. This essay simply and effectively asks the question, does faith in Jesus make any difference in how believers celebrate his birth.

  • Faith: To Glorify God
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    Faith: To Glorify God

    2 years ago

    Believers in Jesus Christ are supposed to live significantly. This essay looks at Peter getting out of the boat, and encourages us to do likewise simply because our faith ought to glorify God.

  • Thanksgiving: Are We Committed To It?
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    Thanksgiving: Are We Committed To It?

    2 years ago

    Thanksgiving is not just a one day celebration. Thanksgiving ought permeate our lives. This essay encourages us to look at our lives in the context of cultivating an attitude of gratitude.

  • Fiction: A Halloween Chiller
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    Fiction: A Halloween Chiller

    2 years ago

    Wally Butchowski had an obsession to open a tomb. He gave into it, only to discover a great evil. This is a Halloween story the makes one's flesh crawl.

  • Devoted: What's It Mean?
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    Devoted: What's It Mean?

    3 years ago

    The Bible tells believers in Jesus Christ to be devoted to one another. In the splintered and polarized climate prevalent in the 21st century, what does devoted mean?

  • Fiction: Gumshoe Extraordinaire
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    Fiction: Gumshoe Extraordinaire

    21 months ago

    Duncan Trotsky isn't who he thinks he is or claims to be. This piece of short fiction is a fun look at a would-be private detective in Buffalo, New York.

  • Talents, Excuses & Eternity
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    Talents, Excuses & Eternity

    2 years ago

    We all have talents and we all make excuses as to why we cannot or will not put them into practice. This essay takes a realistic view of our excuses in the context of eternity.

  • Hidden Treasure: Is It Worth The Risk?
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    Hidden Treasure: Is It Worth The Risk?

    3 years ago

    Life has no guarantees. It comes with degrees of risk. This essay features the story of Jim Eliot, who risked much in his faith journey, and wrote: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which...

  • Prayer: Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
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    Prayer: Oh, What A Beautiful Morning

    19 months ago

    Prayer is central in the lives of Christians. This piece examines the attitude of gratitude which is essential to growth and a healthy spirituality.

  • Belief, Mindset & Behavior
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    Belief, Mindset & Behavior

    3 years ago

    What we belief determines our choices and practices. What's down in the well of our lives comes up in the bucket. This piece examines the dynamic connection between belief and behavior.

  • Alienation, Isolation & Paranoia
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    Alienation, Isolation & Paranoia

    3 years ago

    Christians are supposed to be salt and light to a fallen world. Instead, more often than not, we alienate and isolate ourselves from it because of paranoia. This essay examines that pattern, and offers a challenge to be...

  • On The Road: Sunhearth Trails
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    On The Road: Sunhearth Trails

    19 months ago

    Morrison Cove in Pennsylvania is a quaint, lovely area. This essay highlights it, and also, highly recommends Sunhearth Trails Bed & Breakfast, a jewel of place to visit.

  • Grace: Freely Received
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    Grace: Freely Received

    3 years ago

    The grace of God has been described as amazing. This piece reflects on the richness of grace, and puts forth the position that as we freely receive it, we are to freely grant it to others.

  • Discipleship: No Freebies
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    Discipleship: No Freebies

    19 months ago

    There are no freebies when it comes to discipleship. Walking with Jesus requires exerting lots of spiritual sweat. This essay encourages us to put forth every effort to be faithful.

  • Cheap Grace, Costly Grace
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    Cheap Grace, Costly Grace

    19 months ago

    This essay looks at the life and faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It raises the bar and challenges 21st century Christians to actively live out what we say we believe. It is an inspiring read.

  • God's Bull's-eye
    45

    God's Bull's-eye

    19 months ago

    God has a mark for each of us to hit. This essay explores that from the context of Scripture. It offers much encouragement to be courageous and proceed forward in the process of discipleship.

  • Hubbers: We Are Our Stories
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    Hubbers: We Are Our Stories

    2 years ago

    This essay highlights other writers on HubPages who I would like to meet in person. It illustrates well that we share much common ground and that we are indeed our stories.

  • Wanted Man: Cash & Dylan
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    Wanted Man: Cash & Dylan

    2 years ago

    "Wanted Man" is the only song Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan ever wrote together. This traces its genesis, my first hearing, and its influential impact.

  • The Basin & Towel
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    The Basin & Towel

    2 years ago

    Jesus set the example for those who would follow after him. He modeled servanthood. This essay explores how that attitude ought to work itself out in the actions of believers.

  • Babel: A Tower Story
    30

    Babel: A Tower Story

    2 years ago

    This essay uses a pair of ancient episodes to explore the serious dangers of pride that is so easily nurtured in humanity. Those self-inflated attitudes drive a wedge between us and our Maker. It also looks at the...

  • Pontius Pilate: Pawn Or Gutless Wonder
    44

    Pontius Pilate: Pawn Or Gutless Wonder

    3 years ago

    This essay explores the life and motives of Pontius Pilate, who after rendering his verdict, infamously washed his hands. It's interesting and raises thought-provoking questions about the man.

  • A Singularly Significant Story
    46

    A Singularly Significant Story

    19 months ago

    This essay looks at an encounter Jesus of Nazareth had with a Samaritan woman. It challenges us and draws conclusions about how believers are supposed to dispense grace to others.

  • On The Road: Fort Erie, Ontario
    44

    On The Road: Fort Erie, Ontario

    3 years ago

    Fort Erie, Ontario is across the Niagara River from Buffalo, New York. The Friendship Festival that happens each year between the two cities illustrates well the friendship that exists between Canada and the United...

  • Life: Fire & Rain
    46

    Life: Fire & Rain

    2 years ago

    James Taylor's song "Fire and Rain" serves as a jumping off point for an essay about the realities of life. We all experience periods of fire and rain, good and bad. It offers insights about our outlook and...

  • To Quit Or Not To Quit
    54

    To Quit Or Not To Quit

    2 years ago

    We all face failure. It is part and parcel of the human experience. This essay looks at the life of Simon Peter, and encourages us to rise above failure to press in faith with grit and determination.

  • Time, Money & Spiritual Matters
    28

    Time, Money & Spiritual Matters

    3 years ago

    The me-attitude is humanity's default position. What we spend time and money on is what we invest our lives in. This piece explores some words Jesus spoke, which when put into practice grant us balance and perspective.

  • Prayer: No Place To Hide
    58

    Prayer: No Place To Hide

    2 years ago

    Prayer is not about reciting words by rote. Rather it is about being nakedly honest. This essay defines prayer as communion, communication and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

  • Money, Faith & A Satisfied Mind
    64

    Money, Faith & A Satisfied Mind

    3 years ago

    Money cannot buy happiness or satisfy our spiritual hunger. This essay illustrates how our faith and emotional well-being are nurtured by investing in heart matters and Kingdom treasures.

  • On The Road: Morrison, Illinois
    34

    On The Road: Morrison, Illinois

    5 months ago

    Morrison, Illinois is a great place to visit. It is also a wonderful place to live. This piece presents a postcard profile of the small town.

  • A Perplexing Question
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    A Perplexing Question

    5 months ago

    Society is fragmented. We divide into tribal camps, and Christianity has proven it is not above the fray. This essay is a reality check for the church, asking the question: When will Christ-followers be obedient and...

  • Before You Accuse Me
    42

    Before You Accuse Me

    3 years ago

    We so easily see the faults in others, while missing our own. This essay explores that statement, while offering a better way from a popular song, along with the backing of Scripture and the example set by Jesus.

  • This Hard Land
    40

    This Hard Land

    2 years ago

    Life is hard and crop failures in our lives are plentiful. This essay challenges and inspires us to develop the spiritual resources necessary to always persevere and press on.

  • Happy, Snappy Lyrics
    25

    Happy, Snappy Lyrics

    3 years ago

    Featuring lyrics from "If It Makes You Happy", by Sheryl Crow, this essay looks at the fallacy of one dimensional thinking. It looks at the consequences of that short-term perspective, and offers ideas to...

  • February: Long, Dull Days
    45

    February: Long, Dull Days

    3 years ago

    The gray skies of February can often be a drag. People often get discouraged or downright depressed as winter goes on and on. This essay takes a line from a Dylan song to challenge us to keep our perspective in proper...

  • Faith: An Ancient Lesson
    64

    Faith: An Ancient Lesson

    2 years ago

    Job is a fascinating Biblical character. This essay looks at his life and faith, encouraging readers to stay the course of faith in good times and through the adversity that inevitably comes.

  • Hockey: The Greatest Game Of All
    32

    Hockey: The Greatest Game Of All

    3 years ago

    Some have said that hockey is Canada and Canada is hockey. This essay is a personal view of the game, complete with memories of one memorable game. It is an enjoyable and nostalgic read.

  • Despair, Hope & The Human Dilemma
    53

    Despair, Hope & The Human Dilemma

    2 years ago

    Darkness sometimes encompasses us and we think there is no way out of it. Despair sets in. This essay examines the dilemma of the human condition, and offers hope.

  • Sanctity Of Human Life: An Ancient View
    50

    Sanctity Of Human Life: An Ancient View

    3 years ago

    Abortion isn't a hot potato issue that just surfaced in modern days. The ancients recognized the sanctity of life. This piece provides documented evidence from respected leaders and thinkers of the early church.

  • Revival, Renewal, Worship & Other Questions
    53

    Revival, Renewal, Worship & Other Questions

    3 years ago

    We are wired to worship God. This essay explores what true worship and revival in our lives looks like. It is call for our worship to result in life-changing behavior patterns.

  • 12.21.2012: The End Is Near
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    12.21.2012: The End Is Near

    3 years ago

    We humans have an endless fascination with prophecy and end times. The Mayan calender appears to say that something significant will happen on 12.21.2012. The piece looks at it from the perspective that humanity has...

  • Be Holy? Get Real!
    58

    Be Holy? Get Real!

    2 years ago

    The call to holiness is often misunderstood. This essay takes an honest, realistic look at God's command to be holy. It does so by using comprehensible illustrations and language.

  • EDITOR'S CHOICE
    On The Road: Xenia, Ohio
    36

    On The Road: Xenia, Ohio

    3 years ago

    Xenia, Ohio has a long and rich history. This piece is a thumbnail sketch that goes back to its earliest beginnings. It also looks at the disastrous tornadoes of April, 1974.

  • Flirtations With False Gods
    35

    Flirtations With False Gods

    3 years ago

    Everybody has a hungry heart. We try to feed that hunger by bowing before the false idols of consumerism, convenience and celebrity. This essay points us to the priceless treasure that satisfies our hungry hearts.

  • 2010, Christianity Lite & Heart Questions
    18

    2010, Christianity Lite & Heart Questions

    11 months ago

    In affluent North America the church peddles Christianity Lite to cater to the me-church mentality. This essay challenges cultural norms that are deceptive, yet so easily accepted. It asks difficult questions of the...

  • Milestones & Friends
    14

    Milestones & Friends

    3 years ago

    Friendships often get marked by milestones along across the miles. This is a nostalgic reflection inspired by events in a good friend's life.

  • Christmas: Peace On Earth?
    39

    Christmas: Peace On Earth?

    3 years ago

    Christmas cards read "peace on earth, goodwill to men". But the news and headlines scream about violence, wars, and rumors of war. This essay explores the the reality of the world and the promise of peace.

  • Christmas: A Profoundly Simple Story
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    Christmas: A Profoundly Simple Story

    2 years ago

    We celebrate Christmas because of the birth of baby named Jesus. It is a profoundly simple story. This essay invites the reader to consider afresh and anew from the perspective of the shepherds.

  • What Was Jesus Thinking?
    48

    What Was Jesus Thinking?

    3 years ago

    Jesus of Nazareth proclaimed that he was "the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." We live in a mix and match multicultural religious mosaic, so how does Christ's...

  • Angst & Edgy Feelings
    30

    Angst & Edgy Feelings

    3 years ago

    Angst and edgy feelings are entirely normal. Life can put us on edge so that we find ourselves pacing the cage like a tiger. This essay offers practical ideas to apply when the pressures of life make us edgy.

  • What's Up With The S Word?
    41

    What's Up With The S Word?

    3 years ago

    Sin and its consequences remain part and parcel of the human condition. This essay explores the concept of sin, and also points to the healing power of Christ's sacrificial death on the cross.

  • Desensitized To Violence
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    Desensitized To Violence

    3 years ago

    Violence is part of the human condition. This piece looks at headlines and our choices in entertainment that have slowly anesthetized us to violence.

  • What's Up With Thanksgiving?
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    What's Up With Thanksgiving?

    3 years ago

    Thanksgiving Days come and go. This essay puts forth the concept that thanksgiving ought to be integrated into our daily lives. It looks at God's grace, and our responsibility to treat others by the standard of the...

  • What's Up With Spiritual Wealth?
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    What's Up With Spiritual Wealth?

    3 years ago

    The church in affluent North America is fat and lazy. By contrast the church in Nepal has a vibrant and thriving spirituality. This piece offers encouragement to those who desire to experience spiritual wealth.

  • What's Up With Nostalgia?
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    What's Up With Nostalgia?

    21 months ago

    Nostalgia warms us, but we can never go backwards. This essay teaches that when life happens there are lessons to be learned and trade-offs to be made. It concludes that life is wondrous, full of beauty and blessings.

  • What's Up With Faith?
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    What's Up With Faith?

    3 years ago

    Faith can be elusive and tricky to hang onto when tested. This essay looks at how Abraham responded when God tested him. It gives us insights on who God is, who we are, and what it means to put our faith in God.

  • What's Up With The Genesis Promise?
    13

    What's Up With The Genesis Promise?

    2 years ago

    In ancient times God made a promise to a man named Abram. This piece looks at that promise, sees how it has been and is being fulfilled, and how it impacts humanity today.

  • What's Up With Abortion?
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    What's Up With Abortion?

    3 years ago

    On demand abortion is a hot button issue that stirs up passions. Abortion has been institutionalized and is largely a legitimate and acceptable option. This essay is uncompromising in its pro-life stand, and asks the we...

  • What Does Evil Look Like?
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    What Does Evil Look Like?

    3 years ago

    We often miss seeing the face of evil because it is ordinary and common. This essay illustrates that truth by tearing a headline out of the news.

  • What's Up With The Ten Commandments?
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    What's Up With The Ten Commandments?

    3 years ago

    This essay looks at the Ten Commandments in the context of the relativism of the 21st century. It is a compelling and quite possibly controversial read.

  • This Is My Life!
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    This Is My Life!

    3 years ago

    The song "This Is My Life" by Billy Joel could be the theme song for the human race. This essay explores the results of this attitude, and also, offers a better way to live.

  • Jesus Is Our Example
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    Jesus Is Our Example

    2 years ago

    Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" is used as a jumping off point to explore what following Jesus is supposed to look like in our lives. It is both challenging and inspiring.

  • What's Up With Healthcare Reform?
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    What's Up With Healthcare Reform?

    2 years ago

    In 21st century America our politics is skewed and polarized into angry camps. This essay is critical commentary on the infighting and bickering ever-present in the debates over healthcare reform.

  • Does God Hate Religion?
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    Does God Hate Religion?

    3 years ago

    Human beings appreciate rituals in religious expression; they are to point us to God. This piece explores the need to keep those forms in perspective, and what happens when we don't do so.

  • What's Up With Relationships?
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    What's Up With Relationships?

    3 years ago

    We all have a hunger for healthy connections and relationships. This essay features a line from Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks" album, which is all about relationships falling apart.

  • What's Up With Micah 6:8?
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    What's Up With Micah 6:8?

    2 years ago

    According to the ancient Hebrew prophet Micah, we humans are to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God. This essay digs deep into that passage, and offers practical application ideas for us to faithfully follow...

  • Let It Rain
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    Let It Rain

    3 years ago

    John Fogerty asked a simple, but profound question: "Have you ever seen the rain?" This essay looks at the CCR song in the context of friendship, the hard stuff of life, and the reality of faith. It concludes...

  • Bricks & Faith
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    Bricks & Faith

    3 years ago

    David Brinkley said: "“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.” This essay looks at the life of Joseph to encourage us to consider God's...

  • What's Up With Contentment?
    20

    What's Up With Contentment?

    3 years ago

    In our consumer driven society contentment is often an elusive commodity. This essay puts forward a simply prescription for fulfillment and contentment to be realized. It looks at some jailhouse wisdom from Paul of...

  • Wows & Big Wows
    12

    Wows & Big Wows

    3 years ago

    Some lyrics from an old blues song challenge us to keep pressing on in faith. This essay looks at some profound words Jesus spoke about obedience, and challenges us to embrace those challenging ideals. Doing so means...

  • What's Up With Politics?
    12

    What's Up With Politics?

    3 years ago

    Politics in America has become nothing less than angry camps armed with rhetorical firepower. This essay uses the extremes of Keith Olbermann and Rush Limbaugh to illustrate the impossibility of any meaningful...

  • What's Up With God's Love & Rainbows?
    12

    What's Up With God's Love & Rainbows?

    3 years ago

    The beauty, wonder and grace of God can be eye-witnessed in rainbows. This uses a U2 song as the jumping off point to explore the mystery of God, and offers wisdom as to what our response ought to be to his love.

  • What's Up With Heartaches?
    10

    What's Up With Heartaches?

    3 years ago

    John Prine once sang, "For if heartaches were commercials we'd all be on TV." This essay looks at heartaches and hopelessness, and then offers a supernatural solution.

  • A Hospice Story
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    A Hospice Story

    3 years ago

    Here is a story from when I worked as a Hospice Chaplain. The names have been changed, but the characters, events and circumstances are true. It is inspiring, challenging us to remember the frailty of our common...

  • Watching The River Flow
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    Watching The River Flow

    3 years ago

    Bob Dylan's "Watching The River Flow" is the open salvo of a commentary on politics in general. It takes shots at the Right and Left, and also picks apart Hope and Change.

  • What's Up With Church?
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    What's Up With Church?

    2 years ago

    We humans can and have screwed up the Lord's Prayer. We turn church into nothing but form, structure and ritual done by rote. This essay asserts that there is a hunger in our hearts to know and experience God, and...

  • Daring Adventure Or Nothing
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    Daring Adventure Or Nothing

    3 years ago

    Helen Keller overcame tremendous disabilities to live a life that was a daring adventure. This essay is an inspirational look at her life, and presents lessons we can learn and apply.

  • Time: The Clock Is Ticking
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    Time: The Clock Is Ticking

    2 years ago

    Time is a non-renewable resource. The clock is always ticking on our lives. This essay begins with a fictional dream, and then proceeds to the everyday reality that time is life.

  • The Boss: Worship In The Badlands
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    The Boss: Worship In The Badlands

    2 years ago

    Bruce Springsteen's "Badlands" injects faith, hope and love into the mix of hard times. This essay explores what it means to satisfy our heart hunger and worship God simply because "it ain't no sin to...

  • Rituals, Traditions & Other Matters
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    Rituals, Traditions & Other Matters

    3 years ago

    The religiously-correct police enforce a strict code, which is all about compartmental thinking. This essay challenges the modern day Pharisees who dismiss the mystery and wonder to practice religiosity.

  • What's Up With Grace?
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    What's Up With Grace?

    3 years ago

    The grace of God is a mysterious and sometimes even mystical wonder that humans desperately need. This essay uses Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me, Lord?" to explore the wonder of God's grace.

  • What's Up With Waiting?
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    What's Up With Waiting?

    3 years ago

    Our lives disappear while we stand waiting in one line or another. This essay explores that dynamic, and offers positive suggestions on how best to handle all the waiting we must endure.

  • Can You Handle The Truth?
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    Can You Handle The Truth?

    3 years ago

    The mystery and majesty of God is truth that we humans ignore at our peril. This essay explores the essence of humanity's Spiritual Attention Deficit Disorder.

  • A Messy Story: Life In The Fast Lane
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    A Messy Story: Life In The Fast Lane

    3 years ago

    The age of aquarius dawned as baby boomers excelled in excess. It's a messy story that has consequences still playing out in our culture and politics.

  • What Have Boomers Taught Their Children?
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    What Have Boomers Taught Their Children?

    3 years ago

    "Teach Your Children" was an early seventies anthem by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The hippy generation embraced its ideals as principles, but in the ensuing years fell far short of living them out. This...

  • Toss Loneliness Under The Bus
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    Toss Loneliness Under The Bus

    3 years ago

    Quite often loneliness is the human condition. No one captured the nuances of loneliness better than Hank Williams. His song "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is used to help encourage us to shed our loneliness by...

  • Tightrope Walking
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    Tightrope Walking

    3 years ago

    Living a Christian life in a gone to rot world is often as challenging as walking a tightrope. This essay offers insights and encouragement to be steady while engaging in high-wire maneuvers.

  • Can We Trust God?
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    Can We Trust God?

    3 years ago

    To trust or to not trust God is a question that we each must answer. This essay examines how our heart betrays us, but also offers encouragement to keep putting our faith in the One who holds all our tomorrows in his...

  • To Repent Or Not To Repent
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    To Repent Or Not To Repent

    3 years ago

    This essay uses a hook-line from a song by Counting Crows to explore how we can deal with all the "if onlys" of life.

  • Everybody Hurts
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    Everybody Hurts

    3 years ago

    Featuring the song "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M., this piece explores our common humanity. It is a challenge for us to respond to the hardships of others with compassion, caring and empathy.

  • Rebels With A Cause
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    Rebels With A Cause

    2 years ago

    In the movie, The Wild One, Marlon Brando plays a rebel. This essay looks at the modern-day church in affluent North America, and says that when it comes to institutionalized religion, we are desperate for those who...

  • Truth For Every Season
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    Truth For Every Season

    3 years ago

    Every September summer gets ready to shift into autumn. As time turns there are constants that return to bless or frustrate us. This essay presents a timeless, essential truth that never changes.

  • Why Doesn't God Reveal Himself?
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    Why Doesn't God Reveal Himself?

    3 years ago

    We all have an innate desire to experience God. God is mysterious, and we often ask why doesn't God just come out and reveal himself? This essay points out that he has and he does so continually.

  • Someday Never Comes
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    Someday Never Comes

    3 years ago

    Happiness can be elusive. Some chase after it in possessions and wealth for we've been hoodwinked into believing that's where it's found. This essay looks at the contrast between consumerism happiness and genuine...

  • Kicking At The Darkness
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    Kicking At The Darkness

    3 years ago

    The world as we know it is full of darkness. This essay looks at headlines that are troubling. It then puts forward the idea of God being present and at work, kicking at the darkness.

  • 9/11 Remembered
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    9/11 Remembered

    3 years ago

    The horror of 9/11 never diminishes. As the years disappear we need to always remember. This essay is a reminder of the terrible events and consequences of that day.

  • Lessons From A Friend
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    Lessons From A Friend

    2 years ago

    This essay is a collection of important life-lessons that I've learned from my friend, Gus. Gus just happens to be a tri-color Shetland Sheepdog.

  • What's Up With Reality TV?
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    What's Up With Reality TV?

    3 years ago

    Reality TV is a ratings winner, but there's no true reality in it. The essay looks at the sheer stupidity of humiliation and voyeuristic garbage presented and embraced as entertainment.

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