• SIGN UP! for *New* Wilson Abbey Newsletter!

    SIGN UP! for *New* Wilson Abbey Newsletter!

    Dear Friends, Jesus People is building an email list for their Wilson Abbey newsletter, most likely being sent out four times a year highlighting best events as well as providing exclusive content such as free eBooks, music downloads, interviews, and videos. Exclusive content means that the information or special offers will not be publicized on their website or social media […]

  • “Love Yourself”: an Existential Meditation Inspired by Gabriel Marcel

    “Love Yourself”: an Existential Meditation Inspired by Gabriel Marcel

    “…to have a self, to be a self, is the greatest concession made to man, but at the same time it is eternity’s demand upon him.” – Soren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death This morning my dearling Carol read to me from a book by William Backus, Christian psychologist and faithful friend until his passing last year. The book’s title, […]

  • God’s Love vs. the Warm Fuzzies (Sermon Aug 12, 2007)

    God’s Love vs. the Warm Fuzzies (Sermon Aug 12, 2007)

    The below sermon, delivered at Jesus People USA’s Aug 12 service (at Joan Arai School), was provoked by many things too personal to blog on. Suffice it to say that I find myself continually falling short of God’s agape (charity). And that these feelings have recently been racheted up a few more notches as I observed others I love dearly […]

  • An American Muslim’s Voice: Interview with Bostonian Hoda Elsharkawi

    An American Muslim’s Voice: Interview with Bostonian Hoda Elsharkawi

    I have known Hoda Elsharkawi for some time, introduced to her via my cousin Karen who herself converted to Islam just 3 months before the horrors of 9/11/01. Hoda, her husband, and their children live near Boston. As someone who is Muslim, American, and a Bostonian, I believe Hoda offers a unique voice many Christians in America ought to consider. […]

  • Lower (A poem about the White Imagination)

    Lower (A poem about the White Imagination)

    Lowerby Jon TrottYoung, I imagined the limbs of black women wrapped around me, desperate for rescue, desperate for one white heart that understood. I strove with them in loving lust, Knew gentle every inch of skin, a Kiss kiss kiss of my own body, The hope of love rushing toward Only me, there, in the darkness of my white and […]

  • Can a False Story Create a True Reality? Of Course It Can.

    Can a False Story Create a True Reality? Of Course It Can.

    All self-defined truths are not true. Much Evangelical commentary has been made against a culture where tolerance says all self-narratives should be treated respectfully… the Evangelical response is that this is an illogical and deceptive idea. Cultural “tolerance” for all narratives is too often, say these critics, equated with acceptance of all narratives as equally true — an idea which […]

  • Humility and “Knowing”: Is Having Faith Arrogant?

    Humility and “Knowing”: Is Having Faith Arrogant?

    Christians like to speak of the “pride” of Atheism. Is faith in God, in and of itself, a sign of intellectual arrogance? That is, in a universe where the one constant seems more and more transparently to be *un*certainty, isn’t faith in God (and thus in capital “T” Truth) a clear-cut case of intellectual overreach? One world-renowned astronomer (Jocelyn Bell […]

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by / on August 29, 2014 at 8:49 pm / in Friends

SIGN UP! for *New* Wilson Abbey Newsletter!

Dear Friends, Jesus People is building an email list for their Wilson Abbey newsletter, most likely being sent out four times a year highlighting best events as well as providing exclusive content such as free eBooks, music downloads, interviews, and videos. Exclusive content means that the information or special offers will not be publicized on their website or social media […]

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by / on August 29, 2014 at 1:42 am / in Prisons

Torture Behind Bars – The Prison Crisis in America (video w/ Alan Mills)

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by / on August 29, 2014 at 12:42 am / in Big Blue Sky

“Love Yourself”: an Existential Meditation Inspired by Gabriel Marcel

“…to have a self, to be a self, is the greatest concession made to man, but at the same time it is eternity’s demand upon him.” – Soren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death This morning my dearling Carol read to me from a book by William Backus, Christian psychologist and faithful friend until his passing last year. The book’s title, […]

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by / on August 29, 2014 at 12:35 am / in Biblical Feminism

Women’s History Month

[Published 2006 originally.] Time to celebrate! March is women’s history month. I’d like to list a few women who’ve greatly influenced me in my ongoing journey to become more authentically human. 1. My wife, Carol Elaine. I’d have to write a volume or nothing. 2. My mother, Lucile Hanford Trott, a strong and intelligent woman who gave us poetry, flowers, […]

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by / on August 29, 2014 at 12:21 am / in God is Love, Privilege

“Terrorist,” “Cultist” and Other Terms Used by Terrorists and Cultists

Forgive the wry title. And forgive the rambling, unkempt nature of what follows. But what happened to the word “cult” in the 1980s has now also happened to the word “terrorist.” Religious scholar Gordon Melton, I believe, once defined “cult” this way: “A cult is a religious group that we do not happen to like.” I would suggest this: “A […]

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by / on August 29, 2014 at 12:11 am / in Friends

How an Intellectual Could End Up a Prophet

[This post of mine first appeared on the new Project12 website.] Paul is essentially first and foremost a hero of religion. The theological element in him is secondary. Naivete in him is stronger than reflection; mysticism stronger than dogmatism; Christ means more to him than Christology, God more than the doctrine of God. He is far more a man of […]

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by / on August 29, 2014 at 12:06 am / in Race & Gender

Black Writers Who Mean Something to Me, part 1

The fact that African American history, culture, and especially literature means so much to me can be (and probably should be) cause for suspicion. But rather than in futility attempt to submerge into my own motives (and the motives for those motives, and the motives for the motives of those motives), I’d like to offer some quotes (and maybe, maybe […]

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by / on August 29, 2014 at 12:00 am / in Race & Gender

The Bee in Every Blossom (for Zora Neale Hurston) – Black Writers, part 2

I promised I’d try to do better by African American women in the literature department. And in the process, I seem to have rediscovered an incredibly powerful voice that for me may end up a star in my personal galaxy. I’d seen the movie of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and also read various bits of her […]

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by / on August 28, 2014 at 11:58 pm / in Race & Gender

Black Writers Who Mean Something to Me, part 3

I’m taking my time getting back to the novelists. Today, I’m swinging back to one of, if not the, first African-American poet, Phillis Wheatley. Phillis Wheatley’s name, as with so many slave names, unintentionally mapped her history. Phillis was the name of the slave ship that brought her to America; she was only (according to her eventual owner in a […]

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by / on August 28, 2014 at 11:54 pm / in Race & Gender

Lower (for Ralph Ellison) – Black Writers, part 4

What follows is a brief reflection upon, and poem inspired (mostly) by Ralph Ellison. (Re the poem I also have to thank Toni Morrison for her insightful, if painful, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. It will be obvious to those readers of the latter that I was affected by it even while likely indulging in the […]

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