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Weakness

As a nonbeliever, it’s more unsettling than I care to admit the many sermons I’ve sat through in which I’ve felt the preacher was speaking directly to me. It happened again last night at Bible study when Chaplain Barlow, reading … Continue reading

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Fooling Ourselves

I suspect prison, with its inherent isolation and controlled access, would be an ideal environment in which to study the spread of infectious diseases, such as the flu, which has hit Mississippi early this year. According to Rod, our resident … Continue reading

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Elijah

I noticed him at the Christian table, a young black man with a linebacker’s body and the face of a cherub. He wore a Kippa atop his smooth head. He said “What’s up?” and I said “How are you?” and … Continue reading

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Prayer Circle

The ten of us stand in a circle, hands joined. Brother Marcus, the shepherd of our nightly prayer circle, asks if anyone has a praise report he’d like to share with the group. Javier, a relative newcomer, thanks God for … Continue reading

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Love the Sinner

Tonight’s guest pastors were Nancy and Joe Taylor. They come on the first Sunday of every month to preach at the Federal Correctional Complex where I’m assigned (or “Faith Community Church” as the inmates say). Mrs. Taylor is a small, … Continue reading

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Chicken and Waffles

Chow hall. Christian table. The guy next to me peels back the foil wrapper on a packet of maple syrup and pours the amber liquid over a stack of waffles. “Where does maple syrup come from?’ he asks the guy … Continue reading

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Dreaming

I awoke in the middle of the night to commotion out on the tier, a jangle of keys and voices. One officer shined a flashlight through the cell door’s window, and I heard him holler, “Hey! This one’s still moving!” … Continue reading

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