April 8, 2019

  Even Though By Shane Phipps   You love me even though I don’t deserve you Even though I fall you stay with me I’ve often wronged you even though I never meant to Even though I’m caught in traps you set me free I’m anxious even though you say “be still” Even though you say to trust you I resist You’re patient even though I’m so strong-willed Even though you are the light I walk in mist Even though… Read more

April 8, 2019

Although it feels like it’s been around forever, social media is a very new thing, relatively speaking. Facebook has only been around for about 15 years and it’s pretty much the grand daddy. Students in school right now are the first generation to grow up with exposure to social media for their entire lives. This, coupled with the 24-hour news cycle–by which we are all inundated constantly–has created a world where it is very difficult to find peace. It can’t… Read more

April 1, 2019

I’ve just come from a debate thread on my last article about Pete Buttigieg. In that article, I point out a lot of qualities and qualifications possessed by this new and rising star on the Democratic roster of candidates for President. Among them were that Buttigieg is a Christian and he is gay. The first comment out of the box set off a rather lengthy debate. That debate led me to write this article. The commenter started by taking me… Read more

March 31, 2019

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.  “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did… Read more

March 28, 2019

Welcome to Sameville, USA. If you’re one of us, you’re going to like it here. It really doesn’t matter what state you’re from, as long as you live in the Red parts of it. That’s the key. If you’re one of us, we’re not going to have any trouble. There is so much we have to offer you here in Sameville. Once you’re in, you’ll never want to leave. Now, understand, we don’t go in for a lot of showy,… Read more

March 20, 2019

When I started writing as a part of my living a few years ago, I learned quickly that, if you want your words to have an impact on people, you must tell your truth–sometimes that means being brutally honest–sometimes that means being vulnerable enough to reveal parts of your soul that you’d just as soon keep hidden. This is one of those times. I am an 18-year-veteran public school teacher. I am a vocal proponent of public education. I write… Read more

March 19, 2019

I wrote an article earlier this week called The First Stone. In that introspective piece, I admitted that, at times, I can be guilty of being too aggressive in my writing when I call out Trump supporters–particularly Christian ones. My justification for calling them out, I believe, is sound. When I see Christians using their support of the president in such a way that it repulses non-Christians (or more progressive Christians), I feel called to speak out about it. But, admittedly, sometimes… Read more

March 18, 2019

I haven’t delved too far into the details of the Green New Deal, a plan for a more sustainable future being championed by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but one part of that plan has me extremely excited and hopeful. The U.S. land transportation system has been largely unchanged since the 1950’s. Our vast interstate system was once the envy of the world, but now it’s a decrepit laughing stock. By the time they get one stretch of road fixed, it’s time… Read more

March 17, 2019

In the past month, I’ve written a couple of articles that were very widely read. They also stirred up a lot of debate in comment sections, so much so that I couldn’t possibly keep up with it to read all of them. But I read enough to get the gist of the kinds of things being said. Many people agreed with my take, others took great issue with me. A couple folks in particular were quite “colorful” in voicing their… Read more

March 15, 2019

There is a pattern here, a disgusting and wretched pattern. People who commit horrendous acts of violence and hate keep citing Donald Trump as an inspiration. That’s bad enough, but far right Christians still sing Trump’s praises, too. The New Zealand Mosque white supremacist terrorist’s manifesto praised Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” The New Zealand Mosque white supremacist terrorist’s manifesto  praised Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” (I bolded the… Read more

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