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  • The Crutch of Religion, and What We Really Want September 18, 2020
    Anyone landing on this blog can surmise that I’m a Christian. Well, I hope they can. I don't try to hide it. But if you’re not of that persuasion, truth is, my faith is no more real than yours. Even if religion is not for you, we are no different. I believe in something. You […]
  • A Moment in History for the Church August 7, 2020
    Everybody has their idea about what it means to live the new normal. Surprisingly, it didn’t take long for most of us to adapt to a new way of getting through the day. For most Christians, the compulsory changes to our society have become more urgent than our traditional customs. In a way, that’s okay. […]
  • I'd Like to Tell You Jesus is Coming Soon, but... June 19, 2020
    Perhaps within every generation of Christians, at least some are imbued with an expectancy that the return of Christ could be imminent. The hope did not die with the earliest believers, but was passed down through the teaching of scriptures, and the pondering of anxious saints. Today, some understand the future event one way, while others find […]
    Stay at home. If you have to go out, follow social distancing guidelines. Don’t visit your extended family or friends. Don’t go to a restaurant. Don’t get your hair cut. Don’t walk in the park. Don't go to the bar. Don’t go to church? That one matters to some of us. No matter how COVID-19 […]
  • Teach Me How to Pray April 3, 2020
    Years ago, a ten-year-old girl, a schoolmate of my daughter, stood on our front porch. I don’t remember the conversation entirely, only a moment. The setting sun. A warm breeze. The little girl’s long brown hair. She reached up to touch the white wooden post. And she said, “I don’t pray. I believe in letting […]
  • The Art of Crying Holy February 28, 2020
    I’m not an emotional Christian. While there are a few songs that might bring me to tears in a worship service, I’d rather experience such intimacy in a private moment. When I observe a friend—in the terminology of modern Christianese—getting her worship on, I consider she must be more spiritual than me, more attuned to […]
  • The Promises of Democracy January 17, 2020
    I ran this piece four years ago as the last election came to view. It’s just as relevant today. The strategies of the current candidates are just as twisted. The words of MLK are just as promising. The coming of our Lord is that much closer.A true leader brings great hope to a nation.Every valley […]
  • National Narcissism November 29, 2019
    This post concludes my series, “Another Civil War in America?” I’ve gotten a few nasty remarks on the previous posts. Thank God, we are still a nation where opinions can be shared openly. This series leaves many issues unaddressed. I offer no solutions for a nation that is, perhaps, on the brink of anarchy. I […]
  • Part IV: Theophobia: America Has Turned on Religion November 15, 2019
    This is part IV of my series. To read previous posts, click on these titles:Introduction: Another Civil War in America? Part I: Racism: The Church, the Media, and the New Definition of Racist Part II: Abortion: A Once Private Decision That Became a Celebrated National DemandPart III: Potusphobia: Fear, Hate, and the President  A few recent articles. Click on the titles read:Does […]
  • Potusphobia: Fear, Hate, and the President November 1, 2019
    This is part III in my series. To read previous posts, click on these titles:  Introduction: Another Civil War in America?Part I Racism: The Church, the Media, and the New Definition of RacistPart II Abortion: A Once Private Decision that Became a Celebrated National Demand  A few recent headlines:Democrat Fundraiser Features Simulated Donald Trump Assassination Monsters, men and magic: why […]
  • Abortion: A Once Private Decision that Became a Celebrated National Demand October 18, 2019
    This is Part II in my blog series. Click on these titles to read previous posts:Introduction: Another Civil War in America?Part I: Racism: the Church, the Media, and the New Definition of RacistIn my last post, I wrote about racial division being used to engineer a civil war. I noted that racism today encompasses not […]
  • Racism: The Church, the Media, and the New Definition of Racist October 4, 2019
    Last time at Unchained, I introduced a blog series entitled, “Another Civil War in America?” Here is part one. It may be the longest of these posts, and the subject may bleed into subsequent posts. That’s because racism, in its post-modern description, filters into every other subject I’ll address in this series.PART ONE:I grew up […]
  • Another Civil War in America? September 20, 2019
    I’ve never given serious consideration to the possibility until now. There could never be a war like it. Never another crisis as overwhelming as the one that led to the Civil War. Never again could there be such a blight on our good land. A war raged because right and wrong became less important than […]
  • Storms, Books, and Blogging September 6, 2019
    Here begins another season of blogging after another blogless summer. What did I do during my blog break? Finish my novel in progress? Nope. Go over the galley for my upcoming novel, Our Town Atheist? Haven’t gotten that yet. Write several blog posts for the upcoming months? Yes, I did! Read a few good books? […]
  • A Baptist and and Seventh-day Adventist Walk into a Hotel... May 17, 2019
    Recently, I met a man at a hotel. Well, let me rephrase that. My husband and I were at a hotel. He was in a conference room for a meeting. I was in the empty breakfast room reading a book on my Kindle. A man walked in, not noticing me at first, and fixed himself a […]
  • Book Sale and Giveaway! May 2, 2019
    My publisher is promoting several books during the Springtastic e-book giveaway and 99₵ sale. Wake the Dead, book one in my trilogy is FREE! Books two, Killswitch, and three, Transfusion, are 99₵. As this sale got underway, I was thrilled to notice Wake the Dead jumped to number one in Amazon’s ranking of free Kindle […]
  • The Command of the Gospel March 29, 2019
    A verse well-known and repeated often by Christians is Romans 6:23:For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Considering this, we might conclude it’s all about the gift, and accepting the gift is all about choice. We can take it or leave it.While […]
  • Jesus Laughing March 15, 2019
    "Did Jesus have a sense of humor?" The question sent me searching for examples that should have come to mind easily. Like most Christians, I typically study the Bible with a solemn mindset, earnest in my quest for the knowledge of God. Of course, I often read a passage that lightens the darkness of this […]
  • The Evening News, Brought to You by AI March 1, 2019
    I vaguely remember Walter Cronkite reporting the news as the quiet evenings of my childhood slipped into a time less innocent. I don’t recall much of what he said, or how he said it. My parents paid attention, I’m sure, but all I can picture is the man. A reliable, respectable human being. He reported in […]
  • Abortion and the Conquest of Man February 15, 2019
    I’ve been reading C.S. Lewis. Not the fun stuff, but the philosophical. Not absorbing every word but rereading the brilliance until at least a sentence or two blows my simple mind. I thought at one point that I might need a C.S. Lewis for Dummies. Surprise, there is one, though I’m not sure it addresses […]
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