peace and reconciliation

conversations about getting along

Until All the Bad Guys are Gone

  Thomas Jefferson. Robert E. Lee.  Thomas Yawkey.   They have all been in the news this last week.  Jefferson, the slave owner. Yawkey, the Red Sox baseball owner who adamantly resisted integration.  Lee, a general in the Confederate army.  Racists. Bad guys.   The proposed removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee was …

Philando Castile and the Things We White People Say

  A police revolver rings out.  Several times.  Another black man in America bleeds out.  Most all agree that these killings are a terrible tragedy.  And we–my white brothers and sisters and I–wanting to be helpful, offer our counsel.  These deaths could be prevented.  The story can end up differently. If only the black man …

The Killer Deal

I live in Huntsville, Alabama, in a $9,000 home on a decent-size corner lot in a simple little neighborhood. I would guess that it takes me almost an hour to mow my lawn. Often, neighbors will stop by my house and offer to do some work. I remember one particular day not long after I …

Dreaming of the Perfect Christmas

My 2013 Christmas season was definitely not perfect. We got a really late start putting up the Christmas tree and decorations. We traveled hundreds of miles and slept in eight different beds. On the road, it was hard to fix or find “good” food, and I put on a few extra pounds. My brother, Bruce, …

Perry Mason, Love, and the Missing Car Keys

We are all wannabe detectives, which is, I think, part of the fascination with detective shows down through the years (Perry Mason, Hawaii 5-0, Dragnet, NCIS, CSI,)  The show presents us with several possible suspects, and we look for “clues” to determine who committed the crime. The reality is that we are hard-wired to do …

Lance, Lies, and Cycle-gate

Recently, I tried my hand at creating a “top ten” list, but the first and most famous “top ten” list was crafted by God.  I hoped to get a few laughs from my “top ten,” but God hoped to save us from a helluva lot of heartache and trouble.  It is precisely why this command …