“Learning to Lament”

(This also appeared in the Faith column of the Sentinel-News in Shelbyville, KY on October 14, 2016) Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you […]

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“And What is Love?”

(This also appeared in the Faith column of the Sentinel-News in Shelbyville, KY on July 22, 2016) On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He […]

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Breaking the Silence

(This also appeared in the Faith column of the Sentinel-News in Shelbyville, KY on October 2, 2015) “But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found” (Luke 15:32, NRSV) My name is Joe and I am an alcoholic. […]

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The Self-Identified Sinner

(This also appeared in the Faith column of the Sentinel-News in Shelbyville, KY on February 20, 2015) For I know my transgressions,  and my sin is always before me.  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you […]

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Good News for the Wretched

(This first appeared in the Faith column of the Sentinel-News in Shelbyville, KY on September 5, 2014) For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at […]

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