I’m Not A Loner: I’m Just Not Like You

Here's the easiest way to break it down:  Introverts make energy and extroverts take energy. When I retreat to quiet space in my home, put on earphones in a public place even though I'm not listening to anything, or slip away from the crowd, I'm not being a loner.  I'm simply slipping away to recharge the energy reserves... Continue Reading →

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Grace Like A Mother’s Love

Apparently, I was giving my mother fits before I was even born. My mother has told me the story many times:  The fear was that I was going to born breech.  Nothing was persuading me to turn around.  It just seemed I was determined to come out backwards--that's me.  I do things my own way.... Continue Reading →

When Did We See You In Prison?

The question was posed nonchalantly, but suddenly a vision (actually, a memory) hit me hard and took my breath away.  I saw "Joe's" face, sad and glum, tired and weary looking at us from behind a plexiglass window.  Three of us huddled around a telephone.  Joe picked up his phone on the other side of... Continue Reading →

The Great Appalachian Ramp Secret

The Appalachian culture is a rich and diverse one.  Sometimes, though, we can get a little self-defensive.  It's easy to fall into that mindset when practically every media image and portrayal of your heritage is portrayed in a negative, derogatory, and stereotypical light. That self-defensiveness can cause us to break everyone down into two categories:... Continue Reading →

What We Need Are Some Prostitutes…

"Tex, we've got a lot of street folk coming, and we're building relationships with them, but we don't have any prostitutes.  Now, Jesus loved prostitutes!  So, we need to find a way to connect with some.  What we need you to do is to help arrange a meeting with some prostitutes." Needless to say, as... Continue Reading →

Counting my Beads

I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. God won’t let your foot slip. Your protector won’t fall asleep on the job. No! Israel’s protector never sleeps or rests! The Lord is your protector; the Lord is your shade right beside you. The... Continue Reading →

You Can’t Love Others From Inside A Box

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. ~Acts 2:42-44 As I ate my dinner in a hurry today, with a 6:00... Continue Reading →

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