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What is? What can be?

“That basement could have been a prison to him,” mom said, “but he chose not to view it that way.” We were cuddled up on the couch (with coffee) watching the Book Thief. The plot involved a Jew named Max, hiding from soldiers in Nazi Germany by living in a dark, cold basement. He painted […]


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IBLP, ATI, Mr. Gothard…and Me

Bill Gothard is a Christian teacher who’s best known work is the Basic Seminar put on through the Institute in Basic Life Principles…(IBLP), wherein he lays out seven principles for overcoming basic youth conflicts. This seminar became extremely popular and packed out stadiums in the 70s and 80s. There’s some pretty good points in there. […]


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But If You Refuse…

The ultimatum. Three young men stood before the most powerful man on earth, under guard, muscles tense, adrenaline pumping as their lives hung by a thread. Then the king said, “If you refuse to bow down to the statue, you will be thrown into the blazing furnace. And then what god will be able to rescue […]


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Skating and What Came Of It

Ice skating. Hmmm. Apparently, at some point in human history, some person decided strapping sharp blades to the bottom of your feet and venturing onto a slippery surface was a good idea. Well, it was. Ice skating is widely loved and heralded by young and old alike as a favorite winter activity. I can see […]


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Blessed are the Lonely…

It must have been interesting to sit on a hillside in Israel. To feel a light breeze as the words of Jesus carried over the hillside. To feel a spark of anticipation. Jesus was going to say something profound. Something incredible. Everyone had been buzzing about what a great teacher He was, how deep his […]


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Just Practice? I Don’t Think So.

Rudy is one of the best motivational films ever made, but my favorite part isn’t when the priest sums up philosophy with “there is a God and I am not Him.” It isn’t when the crowd chants Rudy’s name, pressuring the coach to do the right thing. It isn’t the end when they carry him […]


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Recent Events: Excerpts from Life

Fall Break: Sneezed approximately every other minute on the way home while listening to a torts lecture about the reasonable standard for driving reasonably. Well, anyway, I didn’t wreck. Good thing. Mom promptly gave me about five different pills to swallow along with zicam lozenges and by morning I was completely better. Good thing. I had […]


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Crossroads for the Future–Where it All Comes Together

Living in one small city for twenty-six years–all twenty-six years of your life (I’m including my college years because I was domiciled in North Carolina) gives you strong roots like a great oak tree. I know the streets of that city like I know my own face. There’s a rhythm to life there. The changing […]


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First Day at Law School

Orientation done. Assignments prepped. Bus schedule memorized. On with Law School then! My first class in the morning is contracts with Professor Rice. He stands about five foot ten, has shaved himself bald whilst growing a full beard, and, best of all, he’s got a perpetual twinkle in his eye. He began addressing us this […]


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Peace on Earth, Good-Will to Men

A dark cloud has descended on us this Christmas season. Twenty little lives have been snuffed out. Perhaps some of their presents are wrapped up in snowflake paper, sitting beneath douglas firs in their houses. Maybe some of their toys still sit in shopping bags waiting to be wrapped up. It’s so black. It’s so […]


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