Do Nations Have Souls?

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 Today we celebrate the singularly American, most beloved and festive holiday: "the Fourth of July" -- The day brave citizens of the New England colonies --tradesmen, scholars, farmers and clergymen -- officially declared to the world that they would no longer be ruled by the long arm and intrusive reach of tyrannical Britain. When John Adams, a primary architect of the newly-conceived government, was nearing the end of his life he shared intimate thoughts with those who would follow … [Read more...]

June “Lunatic of the Month” ~ Stephen Colbert

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You have to love a man who loves his mother. Political satirist and wildly popular television host Stephen Colbert broke character in the aftermath of his mother's death to pay a moving tribute to her. Because the courage, grit, humility and sincerity this superstar brought to this moment, Poets & Lunatics has made Stephen Colbert June's Lunatic of the Month. Colbert's words speak for themselves. I add here, as a prelude, only a portion of the poem "Song of Myself" by Walt … [Read more...]

The Secret Life of Jesus ~ Thoughts on Prayer

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Jesus would welcome anyone, even liars and religious hypocrites, before whom he leveled a steady gaze into unsettled eyes. Is it possible then that one can accept the challenge of his grace yet dismiss the force behind them?He acted and-- in some cases restrained from acting-- in harmony with the purposes of his Father whom he met in prayer. When he was weak he prayed to stay the course, to complete the work of his Father, and to resist the temptation to exercise his bestowal before its … [Read more...]

It’s Not Always About Pain, Nor Can It Be

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I write today wearied by my own recent posts. I have been writing about divorce, which many have thanked me for and resonated with. I'm glad I can lend a word of solidarity to the hurting. Even so, in the end, the pain of my divorce must not define me or my platform and I must find a way to recreate myself outside the complex emotional minefield that attends any kind of devastation. I am asking God to help me pray for those whom I have felt betrayed by. I am asking God to forgive me my failings … [Read more...]

Julian Assange ~ Still Waiting

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Since June 2012 Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London. In a recent post, I articulated why "we need" Julian Assange.  In this post, I have excerpted directly from Assange's website, which answers questions that many in public may entertain about who this man is and why he has commanded international scorn or devotion.I believe that people of faith, people of conscience, and most importantly, journalists, need to do their best to understand Assange's … [Read more...]

When Divorce Is a Moral Imperative ~ Part 2

In my previous post I ended on the disheartening note that, after the failed attempt at marital counseling, I felt left on my own as to how to proceed and that the Kingdom of God was at stake. I was wrong on both counts. Help came to me surprisingly from two unexpected sources.The first was God, whom I assumed had consigned a certain level of purgatory for pastor's wives--the price to be paid for the salvation of others through the ministrations of their husbands. I shook my fist at God over … [Read more...]

When Divorce Is a Moral Imperative ~ Part 1

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 It has been 10 years since my divorce. I was married to a pastor. Our marriage ended after 24 years. I am no longer my ex-husband's wife. He has another wife and he also has another church. But this does not disqualify me from knowing the truth of what it takes to be married to pastor and why so many of these marriages fall apart in time.I am discovering that whenever I write or blog about the intractable dilemma of a Christian marriage ending in divorce, or -- more to the … [Read more...]


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