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Old wounds often wreak havoc, and we unknowingly succumb to their power. Even when we don’t want to.

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Yup. That’s me with long hair.

One of my favorite movies is a little known flick, entitled Just Friends, starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. Technically, it’s kind of a Christmas film, but more aptly known as a romantic comedy.


The history behind the movements that created politically infatuated (and fake) Christians.

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Original photo by Amaury Gutierrez on Unsplash with graphic additions made by author

The woman’s voice waivers.

She breathes deep, then rushes forward to detail how church pastors took part in the multiple years of sexual abuse when she was a child. Despite my anger and disgust, I probe more. Years of war prepared me for the dark underbelly of human nature, but — within in these interviews and confessions — my stomach lurches. I try to contain my temper, but punch the steering wheel as I drive home later in the day.

My investigative article will release a year after interviewing sources, survivors, and experts. Once published, I grow tired and cynical. Perhaps it’s more of a lament. So few Christians even cared that mega church pastors glossed over rampant sexual abuse and continued to protect their buddies. Some Christians even went to bat for the pastors in question. I ponder, for months, how it’s possible that the American church has strayed so far into cults of personality and politics, money and power, and a desire to be “blessed” more than following their founder’s teachings about worldly possessions. …


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This will make sense in a minute | Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

This weekend, an old Army friend shot me a text message with a video of a military humvee ramping a sand dune. Underneath the video, he wrote the caption “No balls.”

I laughed and was transported back to 2006 during the height of the Iraq War. Back then, my team made a habit of challenging each other by exclaiming “no balls” (I realize this expression is crude for some of you reading, but I always ensure I tell the stories just as they happen — good, bad, and ugly). …

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