God is not a Jerk

The idea that bad stuff happens because God is punishing us for our sin isn’t new; people have saying this kind of thing about as long as they’ve been able to form conscious thought. A quick read shows the Old Testament is filled with verses proclaiming tragedies to be God’s judgment on humankind. I can […]

God’s Heart Breaks, Too.

This morning, I’ve reached a level of procrastination that is amazing even for me. And, it’s all because I don’t want to write about what I have to write about this morning. My friend, Morgan McLamb, went to hospice over the weekend. I first met Morgan in 2007 when we were both on light duty, me […]

Bad Things Happen

I have to tell you, I struggled mightily over whether or not to write this particular entry. I always have a hard time writing about people I know. Even when it’s good, I feel like I’m invading their space. When it’s not so good, like this time, I agonize over it because I don’t want to use someone else’s pain for my own […]

Distracted

This morning, I’m sitting in Cafe Helios, located in the trendy Glenwood South district of Raleigh, N. C., trying to find something to write about and it’s not easy. It’s not easy because of the reason I’m here at Cafe Helios: I’m killing time before a doctor’s appointment. At 11 o’clock, I’m supposed to see a […]

People Before Everything Else

     Unless you live under a rock, you’re aware of the goings on at Penn State University.  But, on the off-chance you’ve missed it, I’ll give you a brief synopsis.  Last week (November 4th, to be precise), Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly indicted former Penn State defensive coördinator Jerry Sandusky on 40 counts of molesting young boys, ranging in […]