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Deeply Ingrained Sin

This morning during my devotions I read a quote that really struck my attention.  I would use the quote here, but if I did I would be taking it out of context as I don't believe I interpreted it as the writer intended. But, how I interpreted it was meaningful to me.  The idea I heard was that sin is something we discover that becomes deeply ingrained within ourselves.  I like this idea, because as I have discerned sin in my life, I have often found that it is something I've been doing for a while and never considered to be sin.  I often find my recognition of something in my life as sin to be quite surprising and then I feel sorrowful because I hadn't realized how what I had been doing had been so hurtful to myself and others.  I like this concept because it speaks to those areas that seem so right at the time and can be justifiable until we are enlightened to view it differently.  And I like this perspective because it shows how sin can go unrecognized, and then once hint…

More than Serendipitous

Just 5 days ago my husband and I learned we were making a trip back to the city in which we started our marriage.  He still works for his employer there, even though we've moved over 1,000 miles away. Tonight we decided to go out for dinner with friends. As we were walking into the restaurant, much to our surprise my husband found a group of his co-workers from a previous employment enjoying dinner together.  This group hasn't gotten together for a while and they are now all working for different companies.  They decided some time had passed and it would be good to reconnect.  Why they chose a Wednesday evening to do so, we don't know, as this is not typical behavior for this group.  Ironically, when we walked into the restaurant they were in the middle of discussing my husband and wondering what he was up to and where he was at these days.  There are thousands of restaurants in this city, hundreds within a few miles of our hotel, and this group of old friends/co-workers d…

Accidental Racist

I want to thank Brad Paisley & LL Cool J for not being P.C. and for being real.  I'm disappointed that the articles published by major news sites have been short and have not dug into the meaning of the "Accidental Racist" lyrics or discussed how they might be representative of more than Paisley and Cool J.  I'm also disappointed that talk show personalities, like Ellen, have not asked the hard questions.  The fact that there has been unity in putting down this song and not more back and forth conversation though makes me question if the song accomplished its goal.  The unity of people's responses online also leads me to question the authenticity of the responses. When was the last time we were this united as a nation? Especially on a topic that so deeply touches the core of people's self-understanding?

 I am in agreement with these guys, that if people are afraid to say how they actually feel and have the conversation, we won't get over our racial di…