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Crocodile Hunter

When I first came to know Jonah and Robert, I was very eager to please. They were my first real wheelchair friends. When I was with them my personality took on a quality not...

The Smallest Person in All the World

This story originally appeared at RealLivePreacher.com in two parts. Part One: The Rabbi, the Woman, and the Cities The Rabbi (Twenty Years Before) Jesus, son of Joseph, what would you do if you met the smallest person in...

The George Stories

These three stories were posted in this order in January of 2003 at Real Live Preacher. This was VERY early in my RLP adventure. Just a little over thirty days after my first blog...

After 56 times around Sol

I have completed 56 trips around the Sun. I am a middle-aged man. There is no hiding that now. In my 40s I could pretend. But the number 56 and my hairline shout the...

A Religion of Denial

Originally posted in 2006 at RLP Back in the early 90s, a man named John was a member of our church. He was a professional man, with a wife and two sons. Sam was in...

Seeing Gravity

For a brief period of time in 2001 I started seeing gravity, and my world turned into a slapstick comedy. It began when a woman dropped a book. The book flew out of her...

My mother is a liar

I have to say this even if it takes away from the quality of the piece. And it does. But this is not about my actual mother. I can’t post it without saying that....

Three sisters fly

The three sisters are four years apart in age. So we stretched out the parenting thing over quite a few years. Reiley arrived on January 27th of 1989. I remember when the last person...

The Raccoon Stories

In 2004 I had raccoon troubles. I wrote about them in a series of stories. Mind you, I didn't put a lot of effort into these, so I have no idea if they proceed...

Naked as the day we were born

I had a vision the other day that came to me in the form of a daydream. I was sitting in the library staring off into space when suddenly I imagined myself in a...

Hollowed Be Thy Name

Originally published at Real Live Preacher in May of 2003. These people asked me to do a wedding in a hollow church. I shit you not. A hollow church. They found this place in Dallas. The...

.9 of X

  Let this circle represent a pastor. Let x represent the reality of his life. X includes the best and the worst in him. X includes his secret sexual fantasies and the most selfish and harmful...

I have to go to this thing

  Saturday I'll be at this book festival in Dallas at the Material Media booth, signing books and networking and whatever else one does at things like this. I want to be honest about something. I...

Vision and Isolation

I want to tell you about my visit to the Orthodox Church on Saturday night before Easter. But I'm worried about how this might be received. So here are some things I want you to know and...

Tomorrow night I return to the belly of the beast

It's been just shy of two years since I went to church to worship on a Sunday. It's been seven years since I read the Bible. Both of those are astonishing to me. My...