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From prisoners to poets

“Why place inmates at a site with a breathtaking view of the confluence of the James and Warwick rivers, unless one were trying to rehabilitate prisoners into poets?” Why indeed! This quote comes from a 1991 Daily Press editorial on the Newport News City prison farm, a sizeable piece of property run by the City… Continue reading From prisoners to poets

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love grows up

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle; love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin I think we need more love educators in our culture. I think our understanding of what love is has been so watered down and corrupted… Continue reading love grows up

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are you afraid of grace?

[Note: If you haven’t already, please also read yesterday’s post on paying for grace, because these two concepts need to go together. Thanks.] It seems a weird question, but I think it holds a place deeply in most Christians’ hearts. Here’s why. I think that we are afraid of “too much” grace. We think that… Continue reading are you afraid of grace?

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paying your tab, or, how I don’t owe anything for grace

“If you can imagine enjoying God, instead of trying to repay him, then you can imagine grace.” – Max Lucado My parents treat Rob, Naomi, and me to lunch every Sunday after church. They’ve been doing this since I moved here to Virginia. I don’t think I could even begin to quantify how much money they… Continue reading paying your tab, or, how I don’t owe anything for grace