Our Shared Family History

I received an ancestry report from 23andme. 23andme is one of those agencies that connect long-lost relatives and ancestors by researching public records or DNA testing. The DNA report I received today had 60 pages of third and fourth cousins listed, and this was just...

Setting Up a Perimeter for Revelation

When I was a cop and we received a call of a crime in progress, we would arrive on the scene and set up a perimeter around the building where the crime was taking place. Once all the officers were in position at the four corners of a building, we would then attempt...

Another Inauguration Ceremony

Today, in the United States, we inaugurate a new President. Depending on what side of the political divide you find yourself in, the day can have different emotional responses. Something more profound than a change of government is taking place today. The word...

No One Should Feel Alone

A couple of days ago, I went to a local gas station to get some gas. The young man who served me was black. While he filled my tank, we began to talk about life and our shared interests. As our conversation continued, he looked over my shoulder with concern on his...

Reconciling Our Way Forward

In our personal relationships, our families, and our nation, the only way forward when sin is present is to walk the path of reconciliation. Some think the way forward is finding guilt and bringing punishment. That can be a painful part of the process, but it is only...