Of Sins and Penalties

1 Chronicles 21:1-17 and 1 John 2:1-6 Three children stood before their mother, a broken bead necklace dangling from her hand. The necklace wasn't expensive by any means, but it represented an immeasurable wealth of sentimental value. The two little girls were infatuated with the bead jewelry their mother had purchased as a teenager from... Continue Reading →

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An Open Letter to my Childhood Bully

"Jay" (that's what I'll call you)--we grew up together.  We lived in the same neighborhood.  Our mothers had also been school mates growing up in this same neighborhood together.  You would think we'd have gotten along a bit better. But for the most part we just seemed oblivious of each other.  We were often in the... Continue Reading →

Redemption in a Redemptionless Society

Earlier today I read a wonderful article on The Huffington Post about a young person who, seventeen years ago, had broken into an elementary school in a rural area.  Although he had never been identified or caught for his crime, the burden of it had apparently weighed on him.  He brought the note of confession along... Continue Reading →

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