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We Need Seasons November 10, 2017

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Good words about taking time to enjoy the rhythm and not complain.

via #NoKaepNoNFL, weeks 8 and 9: Cold, Dark Days

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Feast or Famine May 24, 2017

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Good words about intentional living.

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This week I did something that I have not done for a long time; I fasted. My colleague at Arlington Presbyterian Church is on staff at Bread for the World. Bread is Christian organization that empowers people to reach out to policy makers on behalf of the chronically hungry around the world. In anticipation of President Trump’s budget release, the organizational began a campaign called “For Such a Time As This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy”. The prayer, fasting, and advocacy are all centered around what congress will do in response to Trump’s budget proposal. Bread’s executive director, David Beckmann called Mr. Trump’s budget “an assault on people living in hunger and poverty”. The proposal drastically cuts funding for both international and domestic food programs, and cuts $800 billion from safety net programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Medicaid…

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An Open Letter to Rev. Franklin Graham from a “Small Church” Pastor May 19, 2017

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Some good thoughts on “Christian” vs. “Christ-follower”

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Dear Frank

Can I call you Frank? This is just pastor to pastor. Feel free to call me Peter. Anyway, I have to say I was flattered when I learned that your Decision America Tour took a detour off the beaten path to call upon us “small community churches.” We are nothing if not small. We seat 30-40 on a good Sunday. And we are a century old fixture of our small community. Most often we are overlooked and overshadowed by mega-churches and politically influential religious voices like your own. We don’t hold a candle to an auditorium filled with the music of a one hundred voice choir led by professional musicians. We probably will never be recognized in any nationally syndicated media. After all, we don’t do anything really “newsworthy.” We just preach the good news of Jesus Christ; love one another the best we can (which sometimes isn’t…

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A New Home May 16, 2016

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Well, not all that new – it’s been up for about four years.

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See me on the flip side.

Choosing Between Jesus and Trump March 22, 2016

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Listen… I get it–You’ve been told for about 30 years that “Christian” and “Republican” are basically synonyms. And it’s hard–when that is your reality–to think about voting for anyone other than the republican nominee for president… Even when it looks like that nominee is going to be this white-toothed dumpster fire.
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And though everyone with eyes to see can tell that Donald Trump is woefully inadequate to be the leader of a medium-sized elementary school PTA–let alone the leader of a nation like ours–he continues to win primaries in state after state. He has built a loyal coalition of bigots and angry, ignorant white people who have been feeling more and more economically disenfranchised by the status quo. There is a growing sense in this country right now that the “American Dream” is off limits to many of us, and that fact is making people angry. Many people are directing that anger…

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‘Garbage Comments Cheapen My Work’: Journalist Eva Holland on Freelancing and Commenters May 9, 2015

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Eva Holland is a journalist based in the Yukon who has written for publications including Pacific Standard and SB Nation. Her latest Longreads Original, “‘It’s Yours’,” explores the life (and maybe death) of an internet commenter community, “the Horde,” that Ta-Nehisi Coates helped foster at The Atlantic. I spoke with her via email about her own relationship with internet comments as a freelance journalist, and whether there’s hope for building sustainable communities that are not inevitably dragged down by vitriol and spam.

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Stars in the Texas Sky – Book Review March 26, 2014

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Stars in the Texas Sky – Book Review.

Moving… January 23, 2011

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I’m moving to my new blog site

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See ya there!