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Unoriginal Sin

Unoriginal Sin

As far as sins go, a rich older dude using his power and influence to sexually prey upon young women is about as unoriginal as they come. As long as men and power imbalances and women have been in existence (which is to say, forever), the former have been indecently and inexcusably forcing themselves upon […]
BGWG 7: Climate Change

BGWG 7: Climate Change

Ebony and Steve return for another episode of Black Gal, White Guy to discuss climate change. Topics include: Ebony's recommendation: Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell (1:55) Steve's recommendation: When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert...

Lamenting Luther

Lamenting Luther

Not everything about Martin Luther is to be celebrated. Luther’s opinions regarding Jews, many of them written in his book, On the Jews and Their Lies, are disturbing. “Set fire to their synagogues or schools… Jewish houses should be razed and destroyed… prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy […]
Last Ship: Family and mission

Last Ship: Family and mission

Screenshot Copyright TNT “One ship against the three of us? They are outnumbered.” ~Sergeant Azima Kandie in the “Detect, Deceive, Destroy” episode of The Last Ship If you read this blog, you know I’m a fan of disaster and sci-fi stories, so it will come as no surprise that The Last Ship is part of my regular summer viewing. The TNT action-drama, which wrapped up its fourth season
How Are We Taught to Love?

How Are We Taught to Love?

Another Way for week of October 6, 2017 How Are We Taught to Love? One of my newer favorite writers, Marianne Jantzi, posed this question in one of her “Connections” columns (a small Canadian women’s magazine): “What if we had never been taught to keep...
Dear Church I Love You, But…

Dear Church I Love You, But…

Dear Church, Yesterday I visited you.  You welcomed me in the same way as always.  Cheerful people, the senior lady who truthfully told me she was praying for me and gave me a word of encouragement, the look of a clean facility that was well run and well maintained.  Your landscaping reminded me of the … Continue reading
Actually, Guns Are the Problem

Actually, Guns Are the Problem

Dear Congressional Representatives who Keep Saying that the “Real Problem” is Mental Illness, Mental illness is, indeed, a real problem. Please, by all means, address the issue of mental health in our country. We need more and better mental health clinics, more and better training for teachers, police, medical personnel, and others who interact with…
Blade Runner 2049: Beautiful but flawed

Blade Runner 2049: Beautiful but flawed

Blade Runner is one of my favorite films. It is layered with meaning and questions and themes that take you in all sorts of directions. And I found Director Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival one of the most thought-provoking and moving science fiction films I’ve ever seen. So, I really, really wanted to love Blade Runner 2049. But I just couldn't. Perhaps if I'd never seen the original film, this

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