How Did We See Robin?

The news this week of Robin Williams’ suicide has stunned us again with the tragic paradox of the depressed comedian, the entertainer haunted by demons. The long list of funny men who have ended their lives confirms that this is no outlier. Only three days before the news of Williams’

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The Color of Grace

In preparation for my family’s return, I have been painting over the “scribble-scrabble,” as my children call it, that is scrawled all over the upstairs bedrooms of our home. This is not a rant, to be clear. It is nearly axiomatic that a 5 year-old plus smuggled crayons plus an

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Remembering Chuck

When I sat down on the front porch to talk with Chuck Tannery, neither of us could have anticipated the transformation God intended for our hour together. It was the first time we had any extended conversation. Since I lived down the street, our most frequent interaction was an exhausted

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Summer is for Mission

Summers in Phoenix are a time when some people are out of town and the rest stay indoors, hoping the sweltering heat will not sap all of their energy. School is out, church attendance gets spotty, and not much is going on. This survival mode and lethargy can easily seep

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Hiding Our Accent

“What part of the South are you from?” Taken aback by the Target cashier’s question, I glanced down to see if I was wearing my Atlanta Braves shirt. Negative. “How did you know?” I asked incredulously. For two years prior I had lived in the coalfields of rural West Virginia

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When Our Idols Begin Worshiping

Egypt was many things to Israel: refuge during famine, oppressor, military threat, even the hideout destination to which the angel directed Mary and Joseph. This complex relationship was further complicated by a more spiritual descriptor: idol. At various points in Israel’s history, Egypt became the source of strength and protection

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Draw Near to Dismiss the Mirage

From a distance, idols look attractive. They are desert mirages, activating our salivary glands with the promise of refreshment and satisfaction. As long as the mirage remains distant, the promises retain their sway over us. We make compromises at work because the promotion promises financial freedom and the respect of

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