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Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

In Miscellaneous by Caris Adel3 Comments

  “Prosperity breeds amnesia.” You don’t need enough money to be ‘rich’ in order to be prosperous – just enough to pay the bills and then some.  Just enough to insulate you from the reality of life for the most. ‘Having enough’ as we think of it means you can pay to cover the miles between you and government housing.  …

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Subverting Memorial Day

In Spirituality by Caris Adel6 Comments

  I’ve never heard a sermon on empire.  Certainly never a sermon on America as empire.  Genealogy rises to mythic proportions, and phrases, slogans, and chants become air that suffocates. It’s Memorial Day. We’re supposed to remember the people who have died for us.  And I know it’s considered improper to talk about death and sacrifice and America in the …

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Finding Hope in the Drought

In Spirituality by Caris Adel5 Comments

      When it comes to suffering, I’ve heard Joel 2:25 quoted a lot. “I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten.” Otherwise meant as, Let’s not dwell in the pain.  Look for the good.  Eventually this will all be rewarded.  But what if it isn’t? What if you live locust-ridden with every breath of oxygen …

And I Thought I Knew the Bible

In Spirituality by Caris Adel22 Comments

She sat on the very edge of the seat, making sure there was no air between her body and the chair.  No hovering, no cheating.  Two feet firmly planted on the faded linoleum in the church basement, ready to propel her up in a split second. The adult spoke.  “For God hath-”  Up she jumped. “For God hath not given …