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David Williams
Deeply aware of the crushing weight of mortality. Oddly content nonetheless. Go figure.
Deeply aware of the crushing weight of mortality. Oddly content nonetheless. Go figure.
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The Spiderverse and Multiversality
Whenever I encounter a film that's gotten nearly universally great reviews, well, I inherently don't trust it.  I've been burned too many times, walking into a theater with great expectations and leaving disappointed. So when, after much family discussion, ...
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The Sentinelese and Jesus
We've moved on, now, because things are only relevant for a few moments in our low-attention-span culture. Yet today I found myself reflecting again on the death of John Allen Chau, an evangelical missionary who attempted to bring the message of Jesus to a ...
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How I Learned to Love the "Vengeful Old Testament God"
For over a month now, I've been leading the Adult Education class of my wee kirk on a long, careful reading through the Psalms, those ancient spiritual songs of the Hebrew people.   Though we typically read one each week in our liturgy, it's rare that we st...
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I See It
This year, we have all seen it. We have watched North Carolina, battered by storm-driven rain, roads covered, highways closed.  We watched Wilmington, cut off for days, as rivers rose and turned it into an inaccessible island.   We looked to the Florida Los...
I See It
I See It
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How I Became a Conservative
I've been coming to the realization slowly over the past few years, and it feels a little strange. I mean, it does.  It's weird.  I'd always thought of myself as a little edgy, a little wild.  I fought the Man, or at least wrote snarky blog posts about the ...
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The Common Ground
There is no point in seeking common ground, or so I hear said these days, by those who despair of our public discourse.   The assumption, in those statements, is that seeking common ground is what weak and mealy-souled people do.  You can't possibly find co...
The Common Ground
The Common Ground
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Secret Edit Seventeen
The knock came against the great oak door, once, then again.  Not demanding, not a hammering, but precise and clear.  A polite, clear request. The old woman roused herself from a half slumber.  A guest?  But none was expected.  Everything was such a mess.  ...
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Of Silence in an Evil Time
It was a sermon remnant, an odd outlier that required attention. I was reflecting on the book of Amos, one of the fiercest prophets of justice in the Hebrew scriptures.  Most of the message worked with what I was preparing, reflecting on how socioeconomic p...
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The Edifice Comes Down
It was going to be days of work. There, on a wall of our little brick rambler, the English ivy had grown out of control.  Nearly all the way to the roof, a great thick mass of it, with tendrils and growth extending out two to three feet from the side of our...
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The Edifice Comes Down
It was going to be days of work. There, on a wall of our little brick rambler, the English ivy had grown out of control.  Nearly all the way to the roof, a great thick mass of it, with tendrils and growth extending out two to three feet from the side of our...
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