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In Awe of NYC

This past weekend, my wife and I visited New York City for the first time in our 40 years of life.  The closest I’d ever come to visiting the Big Apple was in 2006 when my wife & I travelled to Kenya for a medical mission trip (my first, and I’m far from medically inclined).… Continue reading In Awe of NYC

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On the Trump Win

Donald Trump will be the President of the United States in January.  Much has been written about how his improbable victory was secured.  Based on all the opinions and statistics flying around out in cyberspace, about the only unanimous conclusion that can be drawn concerning his win is he got the most electoral college votes.… Continue reading On the Trump Win

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2 Things I don’t understand

Our political spectrum is incredibly exclusive.  That is, it seems, there’s not much room for diversity of policy advocacy wherein sincere voters want to mix & match historically opposed platform planks.  I abhor abortion and believe everyone should, not least Christians, but I won’t vote for Trump no matter how much my anti-abortion cohorts tell… Continue reading 2 Things I don’t understand

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Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Dream

I decided I need some diversity in my reading list, so on a recent (awesome) trip to Asheville, NC with my lovely wife, I picked up this Ta-Nehisi Coates’ best-seller, Between the World and Me.  To say this has been a challenging yet revealing read is akin to saying Michael Phelps is good at swimming.… Continue reading Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Dream

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So Many Sins

For a period, I regretted my wife’s involvement with a hyper-Calvinist para-church organization on the basis that their (over) emphasis on sin was excessive and even potentially harmful.  *Disclaimer:  my wife is on the board of said organization and I’m happy that we generously give to it since it’s doing great gospel work regardless of… Continue reading So Many Sins

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White People are Frustrated

My fellow white folks:  Cry me a river if you feel like the whole conversation around race in our country is a moving target.   This “inconvenience” or perceived contradiction between recognizing our racial differences and the supposed “color-blindness” you so desire is a small price to pay for peace. I get it.  I used… Continue reading White People are Frustrated