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A Soul Void
Let’s get something clear, okay? Hatred is not a mental illness. It...
Running on Empty
I had a dentist appointment in Tri-Cities yesterday afternoon. It was one...
Body Bag memory
A prayer of David If I rise on the wings of the...
Starve a Child, Save a Gay
I was in Nashville when the text message arrived: "Have you kept...
Fred Phelps: Life of Fear
I'm not proud of it but there have been people I have...
I was slain in the spirit once. Splayed out. Laid flat....
President Johnson's Moron Corps
All this talk of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty...
Resolutions of a Misremembered Life
She bought the buffet from a man who lived in that...
A World without God
We hear it all the time. How we've moved into a post-Christian...
When the gift isn't good enough
"God, you are the slim crescent of a moon that I see...
Remembering 9-11 with Miss Lillian
Lillian revisiting her memories of Marjorie I stopped by to see...
A Ministry Born of Pain
It's Miz Shelby here again. I'm guest posting today from Guatemala...
Are You Jealous?
The writer sitting next to me at dinner wanted to know --...
The Trinity of Unemployment, Addiction & Depression
Editor's Note: When I wrote about the Biscuit Outlaw and...
The Biscuit & Black Coffee Outlaw
Sunday morning started with four cups of flour and Mama's biscuit-cutter. There...
The Believer's Serenity Prayer
God grant me this thing I ask Help me to...
How Profitable is Panhandling?
Over the past few days there has been a panhandler on...
Poverty of a different sort
Never once when I was growing up, not even when I was...
I have long recognized that crossing over a border, be it between...
Notes from Mama's Bible
She wrote all sorts of notes in her bible, my mother did....
God help us - or send us Agent...
I have been going to the same doctor for a decade. Dr....
Momma of God
I was talking with a friend from New Orleans the other day....
Not a story of miracles
By now you've heard the news that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and...
The Great Conspirator of Goodness & Awkward Encounters
How many coincidences have to happen before it's not a coincidence anymore?...
On Bended Knee for Boston
I have been on the road -- I'll tell you more about...
A Resurrection Wedding
The pastor called it. "A resurrection wedding," she said. Her remark...
Roger Ebert: I will be dead. What happens...
Before his passing Roger Ebert wrote a lovely goodbye essay, I do...
Panhandling with the Silent Child
The sermon wasn't particularly in-depth. What is there to say on...
Barry Hannah used to say it was the glaring juxtapositions of...
Off to the Village
By Konnie Our day started off with us eating a...
Editor's Note: Konnie is home from Sierra Leone. She'll be sharing some...
If I were God
"You have raised a deplorable, shiftless, lazy son." The man on the...
God's Super Bowl Team
With the Big Game just days away you probably have your...
If the NRA were a Religion
If the NRA were a religion (and let's face it, it...
A Good Mama is Hard to Lose
Shelby Jean Mayes Spears, 75, died after a brief bout of cancer...
And then they partied..
The Gift of Christmas
The men are all gathered around the TV. Daughter Shelby is hanging...
I wish the Mayans were right
For the past four months it has felt like somebody pushed my...
Heaven on Parkchester Drive
There are stacks of books on my mother's dressers, piles of books...
Faith as a One-Hit Wonder
I'd just filled up the gas tank on my way out of...
Mother Steel & Marlo Thomas
I worry that we have only changed out addictions. Traded in...
The Red-Lettered Gospel of a Homeless Poet
Seattle’s evening rush hour traffic had finally eased off. An all-day rain...
Selling Water by the River: Book Giveaway
What does he mean, the Bible as metaphor? Mama asked. Oh....
Irony is the long-shadow of death. It is early morning yet. I...
The Problem with Talk Radio
Not that I'm a genius or anything close to it but...
Little Dark Eye
His mother was sleeping, oh so briefly, as new moms do....
Breast Pumps & the Fear of the Lord
I think a lot about words, how we use them and how...
After the killing
I am off to Baton Rouge. I won't return until Saturday. Pray...
Ministering from Weakness
Dependency is the issue in missions ... You Westerners, you know...
God's Poetry again
A year ago, when I was in my hometown, I stopped by...
Prophecy '72: Together Again
By all indications, I was an at-risk child, doomed by an...
Some years ago, my daughter Shelby and I were traveling across...
The Buddha of all Boson
It's the match that lit the fuse that caused the explosion that...
God Does Not Love America
God does not love America. If that offends you, you have a...
Nora Ephron: God's Side-Kick
Nora Ephron has died, and with her at his right hand, God...
SBC: The One True Church of the Heterosexual...
I was raised up in the South, home of the One True...
Love Wins but at what cost?
I worry about The Marine sometimes. He would scoff at me...
Time for the Church to step up
It never fails. Every time I speak before any group about...
The Whys and Whats of God
Her boy was 14 when he was killed in an accident. He...
A Theological Discussion with Siri
Siri has become one of my most constant companions since I set...
I know Miracle
I already know miracle. L'Engle I came across those words this morning...
In the Presence of God
Editor's note: I'm traveling this week -- Springfield City Hall @ 11...
Train Wrecked Lives
The western sun eased into the Pacific Ocean shortly after 4:15 p.m....
A Day for the Animals
Story & Photos by Shelby Dee It started out with frustration. My...
Editor's Note: Thoughtful guest post today on prayer comes to us by...
Justice Conference 2012
I’ve never been to Africa or Haiti, and I wouldn’t know the...
A Muslim in the White House: Oh!My!
Let's just say that FOXNews is right: What if President Obama...
This perfect world of ours
We do not live in a perfect world where everyone agrees and...
Magic Genie God
Jessica Ahlquist stopped believing in God at age 10. Now 16, the...
We are the stillness & the music
by Shelby Dee I used to attend Theology on Tap in a...
Triplets, Curses & other Garden Tales
The Gardener Nobody drives fast by her house. Everyone slows down...
Not a tool of God
I never know what to say when they say it to...
Sliced by the Political Sword
I am a repentant Republican. I am a reluctant Democrat. I am...
God is the First Amendment
I'm teaching Comm classes this term at Central Washington University. Specifically, I'm...
Brennan Manning's Messy Faith
I can't tell you how I discovered Brennan Manning. No one introduced...
The Racist Within Me
I do not have one Muslim friend. Not one. I'm not even...
Diamonds in yellow water
There's a coolness to the air around here these past few days....
I know a lot of people who turn to Oswald Chambers for...
How to Live a Great Love Story Vol....
Falling in love is a dangerous thing anytime. I suspect it's even...
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My two-cents about the budget mess
One of my favorite artists has a new album coming out soon....
My Unsecret Abortion
I had an abortion. A full-fledged three-day affair in 1974. I wrote...
Memories of The Redhead: Mama was a Dancing...
It has been two years. Four days. 23 hours and 37 minutes, give...
A Tedious Hell
Never mind, Rob Bell, I hope there's a Tedious Hell for jerks...
God Lotto: Converting the unsaved by the millions
Perhaps somebody ought to try upping the ante on Christopher Hitchens' salvation. You...
Harold Camping had it wrong -- again. The world did not end...
Living The End
I'm all about endings. You might say as a writer, I live for...
Why God is mad at his mama
I have this theory that has absolutely no basis in fact, whatsoever....
Special to CNN: My prayer
Editor's Note: Karen Spears Zacharias is the author of After the Flag has...
Prayers for the Southland
I lived through one tornado. It was the summer of 1977. I was working...
Beth Moore & Biblical Illiteracy
I know you all probably think this is the only place where...
Driscoll & the truth of hell
There's a good discussion going on over at Matthew Paul Turner' s...
A Bubba story
You know him, don't you? That man at church, the one who...
The Hell We Create
Editor's note: The following is a comment a regular blog reader made...
What is he waiting around for?
Monday was a nasty cold day. Clouds, heavy as a cow's teat,...
Ash Wednesday: Late for Lent
The Baptists I grew up around did not participate in Lent. The...
The Art of Fame & the Decay of...
Isn't that the age we live in -- that we want to...
Pete's Pants: Part III
Pete said he wanted to give me the moon, but I was...
Praying with Strangers
He didn't know what to do after his wife took the kids...
Beauty: God's creative artistic nature
There was a rainbow stretching across the Columbia River on Friday. It...
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