Category Archives: Remember

Once Upon a Time: a Tale of Rags to Riches

Daisy Lee

Once upon a time . . . there was a trucking company. Let’s call it Blue Transport.
Now, the hero of our story is Clyde Poser Blue who started Blue Transport in that golden jewel of the New South, Georgia, in between the wars. He would tell his protegés some time later that he had no [...]

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Just the facts, Ma’am.

Captain Hook

In 2009, I presented my rhetorical analysis of the Bob Jones University’s response to Please Reconcile, an alumni effort urging BJU to apologize for its past racist policies. I theorized that BJU’s “Statement on Race” parallels a Lost Cause apologia – a romance caught at a potentially tragic crisis point. For BJU, like all patricians in [...]

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Spiritual Probation — A Novel

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To forget whatever was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself—that was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become [...]

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We’ve been dating for twenty-five years!

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Twenty-five-and-a-half years ago I was sitting in my Honors English Tutorial class taught by Betty Solomon. I sat in the front because my dad told me to do that so that I could pay attention better. Dad was always right about such things. In February or there abouts, she congratulated another student for making it [...]

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Resistance

Learn more at Warsaw Uprising 1944.

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Ebenezer — The Quinquennial Anniversary

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Five years. It’s been five years since we gathered up what little pieces of soul we had left, stitched them together, and said, “No more.” We went from “lifers” to live-rs. And so to celebrate and remember, five songs. A little blog musical.
First, remembering the Gospel of Fundamentalism:

Our exit:

The real Gospel of Jesus Christ:

More truth [...]

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“It’s not me, it’s her, isn’t it?”

When a friend passed along the latest kerfuffle within the evangelical blogosphere last night, I had no words. Well, now I’ve found a couple.
Under the auspices of the Gospel Coalition, Jared C. Wilson started this latest reverse-SAD-motivated ruckus here and here (Edited to add: Both links been removed but are available here and here.). Others have confronted the [...]

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“Clothes Worth Bragging About”

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Be faithful in praying for your pastors. I’ve been a way a great deal this fall in church, after church, after church literally from coast to coast. An impression has accumulated on me in the process that is: that faithful, Bible-preaching men of God have never been under such assault, satanic assault, as they are [...]

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At the River

All-Saints

Ten years ago, while we were still weeping over our daughter’s still birth, the nation joined me in the weeping. At least that’s how it felt to me. We attended a Thomas Hampson concert later that fall, and he sang Copland’s “At the River” (starting at the 2:45 mark) and I wept all over again.

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July as “Territory”

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In Daniel 10, Daniel was broken-hearted over the 70+-year oppression of God’s people. He ate simply, did not dress for company — he just prayed.
Three weeks later while walking along the Tigris, Daniel was greeted by a man dressed in linen with a belt of pure gold. The man was radiant — literally. Chiseled face, [...]

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