Category Archives: Cultural Snapshots

Lines in the Sand: Guns and Refugees

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Back in February, while flipping through Facebook, I clicked on a World Relief video about immigration and an article by Brene Brown on gun control. The first demonstrated what the second described – a line in sand mentality that cuts off … Continue reading

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Charlottesville, Harvey and Compassion

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The unsettling rally in Charlottesville took place over three weeks ago, and in its wake we saw protests, removal of confederate statues, and a number of thoughtful news stories and editorials. Hurricane Harvey blew through southern Texas dumping massive amounts … Continue reading

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Have We Become Our Jobs?

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On what do you base your identity? Most often, these days, our identity is associated with our work.  An article in the Chicago Tribune (“Just can’t escape the daily grind” by Charles McNulty, February 21, 2016) argues that even today’s movies are … Continue reading

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Answering the Question: What Do You Do?

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“What do you do?” This question should be banned from all party small talk.  I can never answer it adequately, and I always feel like I’ve left the most important part out of the discussion. The intent of this question is to find … Continue reading

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Christians Should Confound Expectations

What would happen if someone began to publicly speak and act according to genuine reality; Kingdom of God reality?  I think that person would completely mess with cultural expectations. Jesus did exactly that. Jesus did not directly confront religious or political … Continue reading

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Re-Thinking Us vs. Them

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Rich vs. Poor.  Right vs. Left.  Citizens vs. Illegal Aliens.  Black vs. White.  Government vs. Taxpayers.  These are just some of the Us vs. Them battles that we perceive around us.  Fear and ideological insulation can lead us to believe that … Continue reading

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An Argument for an Attitude of Abundance

What happens when resources become scarce?  Human nature displays its dark side of greed, self-protection, oppression and hoarding.  Those who have been blessed with resources naturally act to protect and enlarge their financial positions and preserve their power.  Therefore, the rich and powerful tend … Continue reading

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Deja View

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Hollywood has trained us to anticipate summers full of  action movies, goofy (raunchy?) comedies, and a few predictable romantic comedies.  I’ll no doubt cooperate by seeing several movies over the summer.  I’ve probably seen some of them before. 2 Much? “There’s a lot of No. … Continue reading

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How to Purposefully Repsond to Accidental Offenses

What is the appropriate response to accidental offenses?  I ask myself this question after reading reactions to the song “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J. I do not wish to overlook or diminish the conversation about whether racism is accidental or whether … Continue reading

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Only God Can Stop the Rain

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What do rising flood waters and recent violent events have in common?  They are both relentless. The Chicago area is flooded today.  Rivers and rain water intruded into streets, back yards and houses.  Sump pumps valiantly ejected water from below the foundations of houses and buildings, but they did not always … Continue reading

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