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Jim Gaffigan and the food purity movement

Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. He jokes about kids, being a dad and liking food too much. I can relate. His book Dad is Fat spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Both his Comedy Central special, Obsessed, and book, Food: A Love Story,…  [more]

My prayer for Ferguson

On my journey with Christ, here is one thing I hold onto with every fiber of my being: God is perfectly just and perfectly merciful. That's what keeps coming to mind as I try to process what's happening right now in Ferguson, Mo. - in these United States of America.…  [more]

Reparations, privilege and communal sin

Like many, I was impressed, troubled and moved by the most recent Atlantic cover story, “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It’s a complicated essay on a difficult topic, since it is so entwined with history, identity, shame and guilt. What I found most helpful was the way Coates…  [more]

Bridging America’s civilian-military divide

Since leaving the Army and returning home to Illinois in 2009, I have discovered that revealing that I have served in uniform is usually a conversation stopper. Generally, a very awkward silence follows the inevitable response of "Thanks for your service." My sense is that the silence flows from a…  [more]

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