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Letter 30

When you think of the words “the end of time” what pictures emerge in your mind? How do you view this coming about, or have you avoided looking at that possible reality? Some think that time ends when they step into eternity. Others consider the…

Letter 27

Moving into the Fall the shift in weather has become noticeable. Last night we sat at home and watched a movie as a thunder storm moved through the area. The rain seemed to come in great noisy waves as the storm passed through. It made…

The Business of Church

It has been a long and often strange journey seeking true Christian fellowship in various houses of worship during my travels. It is not my intention to rebuke anyone but rather to reflect with a degree of sadness on the wasted potential that many of…

Letter 26

The high spirits of summer seem to be abating as communities brace for the coming of Fall 2015. Parents and children are visible in various shopping locations, buying new clothes and supplies for school. Yet it seems that the excitement of the season has not…

Letter 25

Each month provides a new opportunity to reach out and spend time reflecting on those things that I want to share with you. To me they are unique personal encounters where we can reach beyond the bricks, steel and mortar of prisons and for a…

Letter 24

He was seventeen years old when I met him and on his way to Angola for a life prison sentence. He said “don’t worry about me, my father is on the legal team up there.” And with a backwards glance, he headed off to a…

Letter 23

I believe that for most of us, our experience with the “world” started at a very young age. In fact, I think that there are remarkable similarities between the story about Adam and Eve and their innocence, and the way that Satan came into their…

Letter 22

I have been a student of human behavior for most of my life. I find meaning in the unusual contradictions which often become apparent in the lives of others. In the Old Testament there is a story of one such person. If you look in…

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LEAST OF THE SHEEP

One day I reached the intersection of the Road to Damascus and the Road to Emmaus. With all the tenderness of a loving Father, God showed me the reality of how I had lived my life. He did not spare me from the consequences of…

WEARINESS

Today I listened to the voices of several mothers as they expressed themselves about having a family member involved in a criminal justice encounter. They sounded beaten down, lonely and emotionally drained. Their voices represent the plight of millions of other American families. We have…

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