am i racist?

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Situated on the plains of Northwest Ohio and protected by a perimeter of corn and soy bean fields sits the place where I call my childhood home. At ten years old and gifted with all the time in the world, our bikes would take us from one end of town to the other all summer long until the school bells began to ring again in the Fall. We’d then exchange towels and goggles for paper and pencils and re-engage with reading and arithmetic.

I never noticed how monotonously white my classmates were. If asked, I would have said we were a diverse bunch (if I had known what that meant).… Keep Reading

baby steps to a closer marriage

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We recently introduced our daughters to the early nineties classic movie What About Bob?. I am a firm believer that wisdom can be found just about anywhere and often times in the most unlikely of places, so I was happy to be reunited with the wisdom of Dr. Leo Marvin when he suggests that Bob take baby steps – “set small, reasonable goals for yourself one day at a time.”

Dr. Leo is a genius. Can I get an amen?!?

In our now 20 years of marriage, I have found no easy magic formula for a successful marriage, but I have concluded a few things.… Keep Reading

creation groans

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The grass crunched beneath me as I crossed the yard. Blades of dry, brown grass poked through the openings in my sandals. The ground that was desperately trying to sustain the grass was hard and cracked, begging for a drink. I turned on the sprinkler to give it some relief from the hot sun.

Coming back inside, I set the timer for the sprinkler and sat down at the computer to clear out some emails. This article was in my inbox from Sojourners: How Would Jesus Respond to Famine? I had heard of the drought and resulting famine in Africa, but I didn’t appreciate the scale.… Keep Reading

creation speaks

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“What is your major?” a polite, but confronting woman asked me over the phone.

I held the receiver to my ear as I sat in a room full of several peers who attended my conservative Christian college. We were cold-calling alumni and doing are best to squeeze money out of the them. I hated it, but the job paid for my books.

“Chemistry,” I stated.

“So you’re a scientist,” she declared, more convinced of it than I.

“Yes, I suppose,” I conceded.

“Then tell me – do you believe in creation or evolution or both? You must have an opinion,” she accused me.… Keep Reading

just as i am

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Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt;
Fightings within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Under great emotional stress, Charlotte Elliott penned the poem “Just as I am”, which was published in 1835 as a hymn – one that has “touched more hearts and influenced more people for Christ than any other song ever written,” says Hymnody historian Kenneth Osbeck.

When a series of illnesses left her weak, disabled, and depressed, Charlotte struggled to find inner peace. Her spiritual mentor encouraged her to replace her rage and inner conflict with simple faith in God.… Keep Reading