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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Aren’t The Devil

The reality we face, barring a last-minute Hail Mary, is that Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the forty-fifth President of the United States. And my fellow Americans are up in arms. The establishment is threatening a forced takeover, riots are breaking out across our country, and evangelical Christians are taunting it as the beginning of Armageddon. Even earlier this week, I saw two different individuals refer to our soon-to-be President(s) as the devil. Within the incessant hum of […]

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An Open Letter to Dan Schulman and PayPal from a North Carolina Customer

Dear Mr. Schulman and PayPal, My name is Matt Ham and I am a loyal PayPal customer. In 2015, I completed nearly $20,000 in transactions using your company’s services. However, I was concerned when I recently read that you were canceling a $3.6M expansion initiative that would bring 400 jobs to my home state of North Carolina based on your disagreement with a recent bill passed by our legislature. You’re quoted as having said, “The new law perpetuates discrimination and it […]

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Not a Bigot

There’s something about the word, bigot, that I don’t particularly care for. It’s an ugly word—a word filled with hate to describe those who hate. But it’s oxymoronic if you think about it. Aren’t those who accuse others of bigotry, in fact, living examples of the definition? Intolerance, even of the intolerant, is still intolerance, right? Quite plainly, I’m not a bigot. But for some reason, it has become common-place for our culture to respond to any type of opposition with […]

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Prodigal Me

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most recognized Biblical narratives and has been used for centuries to encourage wayward children to return to their Father. It’s easy to glaze over and take a “Yeah, I’ve heard that” attitude until you become the Prodigal. When you truly realize your insufficiency and see your separation from the blessing of Home, when you can taste the pig slop on your lips and feel the humiliation of brokenness, then the […]

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A Christian’s Plea During This Political Season

This political season has become reality television at it’s very best (or worst depending on your perspective). Regardless of which side of the aisle you’re on, it hasn’t been pretty. As a result of recent terrorist attacks, the ongoing LGBT conversation, a violent resurgence of racial tension, and pending economic issues, there’s a heightened state of tension that has created the perfect storm. Our emotions are on overload. But what troubles me the most is the number of professing Christians who […]

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American Frankenstein

2016 has brought me to my knees. The news has been horrendous enough, but the subsequent fallout is what has broken me. Like many of my fellow citizens, I’m sadden by the state of our country and at the same time I’m puzzled. I find myself asking, “How did this happen?” As I survey the landscape, I can’t help but think that Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein, is unfolding before our eyes. We’re Dr. Victor Frankenstein, obsessed with bringing something to life to deal […]

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Blinded by Pride

In the 16th and 17th centuries, it was fashionable to wear wigs—wigs that were mostly made of wool. So, when the media would report on an issue from a biased perspective, the common critical response was, “they’re pulling the wool over our eyes.” And of course, it’s hard to see the truth when you can’t see at all. One of the most blinding forces we face is our own pride. It inhibits us from seeing clearly because, of course, the only thing pride […]

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