Is This God’s Judgment or A Time To Fight?

Artwork: Gustave Doré, Final Judgment Recently, I have come to believe that the difference between a Christian pacifist and an activist is found, at root, in the titled question. Now, this post has emerged from more than one conversation with dear friends as well as my own personal experience. Based on such, I understand theContinue reading “Is This God’s Judgment or A Time To Fight?”

News Real Reel

He who answers before he hears [the facts]— It is folly and shame to him. Proverbs 18:13 Most news should be rebranded as social commentary rather than news. I used to watch the news when it was more news than commentary. I still recognize it on occasion: I try to listen, my mind wanders, andContinue reading “News Real Reel”

Grace To You

Trauma is the abused whipping dog of media. A personal trauma unfolds into a shared trauma which spreads into a campaign, an awareness, a cautionary tale from a mounted platform which is then retold in a thousand and one news clips — repinned, retweeted, reshared — and passed beneath the covers of a thousand ‘fictional’Continue reading “Grace To You”

Virtual Commentary

It’s hard to believe that these words were penned in 1997. They feel fresh and, perhaps, that has much to do with the last two years of the social mantra, We’re in this together. Family, community, and unity are the key words. But be careful. Christians are not the only ones using them. Have youContinue reading “Virtual Commentary”

THE RELIGION OF HYPOCRISY

Don’t get me wrong, it’s always been here – Between my ears – In your heart – Before our eyes… I walked out of the theater the first time I saw The Lord of the Rings because it felt so dark, yet Edgar Allen Poe was my favorite author… I walked out on contemporary ChristianContinue reading “THE RELIGION OF HYPOCRISY”

Faith in God or Man?

[Sermon given by Devin Jump on January 2nd, 2022.] What do the miracles of Jesus, a government program known as “Project Sunshine”, and dinosaurs have in common? Turns out, it may be more faith than science… The main point that I’d like to make today is about where we choose to place our faith, evenContinue reading “Faith in God or Man?”

Talents & Skills

“Mom, what are my talents?” My face must have flashed through sixteen contortions before landing, frozen, back in foundling traumas of insecurity. If I never head the word ‘talents’ again, I wouldn’t be disappointed; I might even sweat less. “Talents?” I asked, trying to bide my time to give answer. “Is it singing?” she asked,Continue reading “Talents & Skills”

The Original Misinformation Campaign

And, while I find blatant misinformation hard to accept from the Justices of the Supreme Court (sound bytes available to prove it) this week, the truth is, we’ve all been there — taking an irresistibly delicious sound byte, blacking out with excitement, seeing red in bloody retribution or rightness, and running with it to share…

Besting 2022

A new year is peeking through my frosted window panes. The north wind of 2021 is frozen in place this week, but it will not stop 2022 from coming. I stand upon the hard middle ground of 40 years now. New Year’s Day no longer appears as the undulating silhouette of mystery – tall, dark,Continue reading “Besting 2022”

That’s A Wrap: Christmas 2021

This year we bought a house for $15,000.00 in North Dakota, we financed the newest vehicle we’ve had in many years, and I lost a few pounds of emotional baggage (though I can’t say the same for my hips) – which is saying something because the last three years have been rough physically, financially, emotionally,Continue reading “That’s A Wrap: Christmas 2021”