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Lower (for Ralph Ellison) – Black Writers, part 4

Lower (for Ralph Ellison) – Black Writers, part 4

What follows is a brief reflection upon, and poem inspired (mostly) by Ralph Ellison. (Re the poem I also have to thank Toni Morrison for her insightful, if painful, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. It will be obvious to those readers of the latter that I was affected by it even while likely indulging in the […]

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Carol on Being a Breast Cancer Survivor

Carol on Being a Breast Cancer Survivor

[March 2007] (Above: Carol some years back visiting my hometown of Fort Benton, Montana.) March is breast cancer awareness month. That isn’t lost on my wife and I, as we encountered breast cancer. My wife has been in remission for six or seven years, but neither of us will forget that time… ever. Below is an interview I’ve just done […]

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“A Christian Because of Erotic Love”?

“A Christian Because of Erotic Love”?

photo, Jon Trott (c) 2005 Responding to a short paragraph introducing My Scarlet Seven lyric of a few days back (I guess the lyric itself wasn’t worth a comment! Haha), an anonymous poster asked: Can you clarify what you mean by “in fact a Christian because of erotic love” ? I posted the below as a reply there, but then […]

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God’s Love vs. the Warm Fuzzies (Sermon Aug 12, 2007)

God’s Love vs. the Warm Fuzzies (Sermon Aug 12, 2007)

The below sermon, delivered at Jesus People USA’s Aug 12 service (at Joan Arai School), was provoked by many things too personal to blog on. Suffice it to say that I find myself continually falling short of God’s agape (charity). And that these feelings have recently been racheted up a few more notches as I observed others I love dearly […]

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Sexual Predators & The “Othering” of Men

A billboard targeting sexual predators of children in Virginia (story ABC) has stirred controversy, in that it seems to target men. Ah, but isn’t it true that sexual abuse of children is overwhelmingly perpetrated by males? Yes. But it is also true that the vast majority of men neither desire nor have perpetrated any such crime. The critics of the […]

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Mutuality in Bed (my seminar for Cornerstone 2007)

What follows is my presentation — or rather the closest written form of it I have — which I presented at Cornerstone Festival 2007′s CBE Tent this past July. It is a rough thing, a work still in progress, but perhaps will be of use to someone pondering a Scriptural feminist take on marital sexuality and/or biblical gender relations overall. […]

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A Plug for My Childhood Home: Fort Benton Montana

A Plug for My Childhood Home: Fort Benton Montana

This is one of those self-indulgent posts that those coming here for commentary on politics may not find interesting. Consider yourself warned (wink). In 1975, I couldn’t wait to escape Fort Benton. I was an angst-filled 18-year old when I went off to Gordon College near Wenham, Massachussetts, leaving my childhood life in Montana behind. I seemed designed for the […]

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What Do We Mean by ‘Male-Female Complementarity’?

What Do We Mean by ‘Male-Female Complementarity’?

.[Published a few years back on the now-shuttered Wilson Station] Well… I lied. I said I’d post an article from Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen last Friday, and here it is Monday already. But better late than never… this was Ms. Stewart Van Leeuwen’s contribution to the 2004 Evangelical Theological Society conference, and one example of why I appreciate both her […]

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“They Got Him!” What I learned 40 years ago today about America… and myself

“They Got Him!” What I learned 40 years ago today about America… and myself

This article was originally published April 4, 2008. Forty years ago today, I was four days short of my eleventh birthday, a young boy in an unusually loving family growing up in Fort Benton, Montana. Fort Benton was a beautiful tiny microcosm of rugged individualism and American middle-class values. It was also virtually an all-white town, as were most towns […]

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Exit one mile—meeting temptation on the straight and narrow

Exit one mile—meeting temptation on the straight and narrow

Exit one mile—meeting temptation on the straight and narrow   by Jon Trott (Issue #66)   Listen, PUNK! Stop your blubbering and take a look around. Here you are, stuck in a ditch ten miles from nowhere, and you don’t even know how it happened. Or do you? Blow your nose while I explain it to you. Somebody doesn’t like […]

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