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Favorites: What was God thinking?1

Favorites: What was God thinking?1

Afghan soldiers walk through a destroyed building reportedly linked to Osama bin Laden, then the leader of al-Qaeda, in 2002 on the outskirts of Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Apichart Weerawong/AP) This week we remember the events of September 11 that took place 20 years...

Thirsty1: Confusing wells with water

Thirsty1: Confusing wells with water

South Vietnamese civilians try to scale the 14-foot wall of the US Embassy in Saigon, hoping to reach evacuation helicopters as the last Americans departed from Vietnam on April 29, 1975 -- AP Despite the resurgence of infections of COVID, the pandemic is not the lead...

Empty: Dark night of the soul

Empty: Dark night of the soul

In her book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor shares the highlights of the story of a man known as John of the Cross. A Friar and founding member of a renegade order called the Carmelite, John is best know for his classic work, The Dark Night of the...

Holy Envy: Coming this September

Holy Envy: Coming this September

A Fresh Look at Worldview: Emerging Worldviews 1 … Colson Center September is the traditional month for back-to-school. The school supplies and clothes sales began a couple of months ago in anticipation of a rush to dress and equip children for the occasion. So it’s...

Nada: Embracing dark emotions

Nada: Embracing dark emotions

It’s been 13 years since my dad passed away. Four years since my mom died. I lost one of my brothers to cancer only a year ago, and my first grandson died before his first birthday seven years ago. Grief is an emotion that all humans have in common. The differences...

Nightmares: Afraid of the dark

Nightmares: Afraid of the dark

Cyndi and I invested in a trail cam this summer. Some creature was eating the tops of our pole beans, leaving a few stubs with little hope for a future harvest. And our lettuce becomes a salad bar while we're not watching. We suspect that at night our garden became an...

Perfect storm: Watching out for sparrows

Perfect storm: Watching out for sparrows

The sky in Denver was hazy from wildfires on Tuesday as children cooled down in a fountain. Credit: David Zalubowski / Associated Press Each morning I look at a weather map that includes fronts and radar images of precipitation. Most days, the map of North America is...

Night vision: Coming August 1

Night vision: Coming August 1

It is no wonder that so many of us are struggling with some form of re-entry anxiety. I know that I'm eager to return to a different normal than I've experienced during the pandemic. But at the same time, I'm hesitant, given the issues we're facing, including racism,...

Bedazzled: Unmasking critical race theory

Bedazzled: Unmasking critical race theory

A soundbite is a catch-phrase, a sticky statement — a few words strung together representing a lot more than just the collection of words used as a stand-in for a much broader topic. The better soundbites fit easily on a sign that gets carried to the streets by...