6 mins

Imagination and the Bonds of Affection

Last week’s blog post pivoted on the controversy surrounding Recognized Student Groups at various American universities. The post received the most views of any published so far, resulting in a diverse collection of responses. Some readers liked my take on the question of intellectual integrity. Others questioned my intellectual integrity and honesty. Some felt it ...

6 mins

Discrimination or Intellectual-Lite?

I discriminate. I have a prejudicial bias toward some people. For one, I discriminate against pedophiles (people sexually attracted to children), but particularly those known by their community as sexual predators or traffickers who have been convicted of sex crimes against children. I set pedophiles apart as a particularly wounded people who should never be ...

2 mins

Rest and Read: A Labor Day Tribute

Almost twenty-five years ago my wife Andi (Ashworth) and I visited a country church for sale in the Nashville community of Bellevue. We eventually purchased the building and began the most exciting and challenging period of our lives – one that’s still unfolding. Much could be said and written about our time here as people ...

5 mins

Intolerant Tolerance

I’ve been thinking about the West. Not western civilization per se, but west as in West to California! I was born in Yuba City, California, a first generation Californian of the okie migration of the 1930s – my mother, born in Durant in ’36 landed in Yuba City in ‘39. My Louisiana family came west ...

4 mins

Talkabout: Use Your Powers for Good

One of my grandchildren, Robert, is a native Ugandan, now living in Nashville, Tennessee. Like other superheroes before him, Robert has powers and strengths. On occasion, when his powers collapse inward and drift from love, his parents gently remind him: “Robert, use your powers for good.” I imagine this encouragement applies to all people in ...

4 mins

The Hope of Humble Explicitness

Welcome to the new look. I hope you like it. Many thanks to Casey Fulgenzi at www.Caseyis.me for the design and coding. Also notice that GodPeoplePlace.com is the URL now – please bookmark, pass on to interested friends and add to your blogrolls. If you find a broken link, or experience problems with flow from page to page, let ...

4 mins

The Prison of Presumption

I recall with great shame the many presumptions I’ve made over the years. Perhaps you know a little bit about this too. People come into our view or friendship with their self-identifying labels or names (e.g., Christian, LGBTQ, Democrat, agnostic) and we often presume much about them. We also give labels to people we don’t ...

5 mins

Dirt, Chicken, and the Reimagined Rose

I was gifted with a childhood defined by dirt. I recall living in a small white house next to the Yuba City livestock auction. Cattle grazed to the left of our home while peaches ripened across the road, their rootstock drinking deep the irrigation held tight by a patchwork of checks. Further away, fertile clods ...

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