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Cheers to the World Cup

By Vic Sizemore

I met a friend in the local hipster bar to watch what was to be the U.S. team’s final game of the World Cup. An exciting game, we left with a loss that felt like a win.

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The Benediction of Place

By Kelly Foster

I’ll turn forty in three years. I recognize upon approaching this third score of years that the initial two have been largely peripatetic.

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Maya Angelou’s Caged Bird and Me

By Allison Backous Troy

I first read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings when I was thirteen. I discovered the book through an interview with Fiona Apple, one of the many female singer-songwriters whose mournful lyrics poured through my boom box speakers while I slogged my way through the kickboxing routine that, according to Seventeen, would slim my hips.

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Can’t a Dad Hug His Boy?

By Vic Sizemore

When I sat down to work at my computer yesterday morning, I checked my email and saw the stories on the news feed: another madman shoots random people; global warming disaster almost certain; radical politicians calling for rebellion, secession; the rich hoarding everything, the poor getting more desperate.

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Avoiding the Mirror

By Cathy Warner

I have circled around this story several times, trying to write my way into it. I begin with an inciting event:

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Sunday in Sweet Afton

By Vic Sizemore

Last Sunday my wife decided to celebrate the end of our semester by taking a drive on a scenic stretch of Route 151, a two-lane road that winds along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Lynchburg and Charlottesville.

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Christians in the Age of Sincerity

By Dyana Herron

Although I don’t consider myself to have a finger on the pulse of culture (I’m not a journalist or a critic or an academic, but someone who writes mostly from a limited personal perspective), I do agree that the contemporary public square seems a safer place to be a Christian artist or intellectual than it has in even the recent past.

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Saint Death and Easter

By Chris Hoke

I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize. The voice was low, lifeless. He just got out of jail, and the guys in there told him to call me.

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Sex and Power and Christian Education

By Vic Sizemore

My wife and I are always behind on television shows because we wait for them to come out on Netflix.

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Voices in the Methow Valley

By Shannon Huffman Polson

Spring in the Methow Valley of Northeastern Washington comes quietly, a gradual warming, winter grass rustling with the breezes carrying promise of new life.

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