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Settling In Tennessee

It’s been too long since I’ve written,  but such is the case after the type of move we’ve had. As I write this, I’m sitting in wife’s parents’ living room before anyone else is awake. We’re down in their home in Macon, Georgia, to celebrate Christmas with Julie’s parents,  siblings, their spouses, and their kids.…

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A Small Town Writer’s Challenge

I don’t know if he meant to, but my friend Matthew Lee Anderson, in the same kind of way you hear on the local nightly news, just said in an ultrasmooth voice, “Now over to you, Michael.” In his ever-so-insightful way, Matt called attention to a series of pieces from his Mere Orthodoxy collaborator Jake Meador…

One of my wife's photos from our last outing as just the two of us.

‘Tennessee’

I suspect I’ll be largely unsuccessful in this, but I wanted to write about what Tennessee means to me. My sister, Ashley, told me about the band above (Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors)  a few months ago. She pointed me to this song, “Tennessee,” and it captures almost perfectly my own sentiments about Tennessee. One of…

Greeneville, Tennessee (Courtesy Casey Nicholson, Wikimedia Commons)

Why Go Back to Community Journalism?

The news is public now: in three weeks Julie, Jesse, Miles, and I will be headed back to Tennessee. I’ve accepted a job with The Greeneville Sun, a daily newspaper in northeast Tennessee, not too far from the Tri-Cities. I’ll become the paper’s assistant managing editor. We’ve been telling our friends here in Colorado. Though no…

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Have I Seen You Here Before?

I was surprised earlier today when I checked the backend of this blog and saw today’s traffic is a new record — and it was just mid-day. This, no doubt, comes because my friends Rod Dreher and Kara Tippetts both happened to link to something I wrote yesterday about both of them. And for that I’m…

The church where my friend's sister's funeral was held.

Real Characters, Real Cancer

I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but I want to point you to the blog of a friend of ours: Mundane Faithfulness, written by Kara Tippetts. Kara’s husband, Jason, is our pastor. He, Kara, and their four kids moved to Colorado Springs in early 2012 to plant a church. Just a few months after…

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We Are Consumers and Ascetics

UPDATE: The audio of Father Jensen’s lecture has now been posted at Ancient Faith Radio. It’s well worth your time. Audio: East Meets West: Consumerism and Asceticism *** Attending Acton University last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was one of the highlights of the year for me. Aside from hearing from some speakers I’ve long admired (J.…