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Does Jesus unite or divide?

posted by Gayle Trotter

“Jim and I have been called America’s Spiritual Odd Couple. I thought about that. Why are we an odd couple? We’re never at odds. We’re not arguing. We may be different but we’re not arguing. I’d like to help people […]

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How much do you resemble Jesus?

posted by Gayle Trotter

“We’re not supposed to have hope because we bury our heads in the sand and we pretend that awful things are not happening the world. The real nature of Christian hope is to look at all the terror that we […]

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Need some fresh air?

posted by Gayle Trotter

“Jesus said, ‘If you love me, you will do what I command.’  Some people live on the ‘Do what I command’  side of that comma, but we need to get back to the ‘If you love me’ side of that […]

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The Thorny Places with Shayne Wheeler

posted by Gayle Trotter

“The only way we can go in and experience the transformative presence of Christ is to go in these difficult places assuming that we’re not coming back.” Gayle Trotter:  I’m speaking with Shayne Wheeler, author of The Briarpatch Gospel. Your […]

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Exceptional Gratitude

posted by Gayle Trotter

“The way that you demonstrate exceptional gratitude is you give freely, from your heart, to those who are in need.” Tommy Newberry spoke with me about his new book, 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life.  With Christmas fast approaching, I wanted […]

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Can Music Set You Free?

posted by Gayle Trotter

Thanksgiving inspires us to pause and count our blessings of family and friends. Defiant Requiem, a new film showing Jewish life in the Nazi concentration camp Terezin, filled me with similar thoughts of gratitude and admiration. Many of the inmates […]

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The Catholic Church has AIDS

posted by Gayle Trotter

Offending seemingly everyone and everything is not easy. Still, the creators of “South Park” managed that feat in their 2004 movie “Team America: World Police.” The movie includes a scene depicting a Broadway production, “Lease,” a parody of the critically […]

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Beauty and Prayer

posted by Gayle Trotter

“You possess a rare beauty, my love, in here,” Snow White’s mother tells her as she touches Snow White’s heart. “Never lose it.” The new film Snow White and the Huntsman captivates the audience with a dramatic retelling of the […]

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A Fine on Faith?

posted by Gayle Trotter

Tomorrow at noon, in cities all across the U.S., people will be gathering in support of religious freedom.  These Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies follow the successful March rallies held in 145 cities across the nation, drawing 63,000 people. […]

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Ten Commandments: You decide

posted by Gayle Trotter

Watching the HBO Sopranos series recently, I was captivated by the story of a mobster, Tony Soprano, who does horrible things to make a living and yet has to deal with the typical problems every father, son, husband, and brother […]

For Spiritual Power, Eat Lion Meat

posted by Gayle Trotter

“I was introduced to dog meat,” President Obama recalls in his memoir, Dreams from My Father, recounting his experiences as a young child in Indonesia under the tutelage of his Islamic stepfather, whose “knowledge of the world seemed inexhaustible.” Obama’s […]

Professing the Faith

posted by Gayle Trotter

At the Easter Vigil this year, the Catholic Church received me into full communion.  Along the road to this night, Monsignor Peter Vaghi, pastor of the Church of the Little Flower, met with me over many months to teach me […]

If I should die before I wake

posted by Gayle Trotter

Each night before my children drift off to sleep, I pray with them.  We voice a familiar prayer: Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep; If I should die before I wake; […]

Three things Dick Cheney taught his daughter

posted by Gayle Trotter

Liz Cheney shared three things she learned from her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, while she co-wrote his book, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir. First: Press forward. Liz shared how her father endured five heart attacks […]

“We Just Want to Raise Our Kids”

posted by Gayle Trotter

“We don’t want to keep running from place to place to place looking for the best tree to sleep under with our kids,” a Sudanese refugee said to Congressman Frank Wolf during his recent trip to the world’s newest nation, […]

She Did What She Could

posted by Gayle Trotter

Do you sometimes feel paralyzed by too many pressing demands?  Do the world’s tragedies sometimes overwhelm you with news of famines, floods, and despotism? Elisa Morgan, former CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers, recently addressed these questions.  As the leader of […]

Eternal Valentine’s Day: Looking for God’s Love in All the Wrong Places

posted by Gayle Trotter

This week, we are celebrating Valentine’s Day and continue to mourn Whitney Houston’s death. She starred in The Preacher’s Wife, a forgettable movie with an unforgettable soundtrack including the song, “I Believe in You and Me,” describing a superlative, eternal […]

Five Reasons to Study the Bible

posted by Gayle Trotter

Regretful bride Kim Kardashian recently tweeted: “I want to start a Bible study group with my friends.”   Here are five reasons to study the Bible: Anyone can benefit from reading the Bible, which is full of the epic stories of […]

Sometimes to win, you just need to finish

posted by Gayle Trotter

The beautiful teenage track star readies herself for the championship race. This contest will determine whether Holland Reynolds’s high school cross country team will win an eighth state championship. Next to her, coach Jim Tracy displays a pensive look. He […]

Five Rules of the Road for Handling Pain

posted by Gayle Trotter

Every day, headlines remind us how pain can wreak personal havoc. “Every person in here knows personal pain,” as Newt Gingrich memorably said to CNN’s John King during the South Carolina debates.  “Every person in here has had someone close […]

What does Robert Plant have in common with John Bunyan?

posted by Gayle Trotter

What does the Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time have in common with a devout Protestant writer of the seventeenth century? Led Zeppelin lead singer and lyricist Robert Plant wrote the iconic 1971 rock song Stairway to Heaven.  This song […]

Previous Posts

Does Jesus unite or divide?
"Jim and I have been called America’s Spiritual Odd Couple. I thought about that. Why are we an odd couple? We’re never at odds. We’re not arguing. We may be different but we’re not arguing. I’d like to help people stop throwing down ...

posted 3:55:55pm May. 19, 2014 | read full post »

How much do you resemble Jesus?
"We’re not supposed to have hope because we bury our heads in the sand and we pretend that awful things are not happening the world. The real nature of Christian hope is to look at all the terror that we see around us eyeball to eyeball and ...

posted 2:57:19am Jan. 07, 2014 | read full post »

Need some fresh air?
"Jesus said, 'If you love me, you will do what I command.'  Some people live on the 'Do what I command'  side of that comma, but we need to get back to the 'If you love me' side of that comma.  When you are in love, the relationship becomes ...

posted 12:44:57am May. 15, 2013 | read full post »

The Thorny Places with Shayne Wheeler
"The only way we can go in and experience the transformative presence of Christ is to go in these difficult places assuming that we’re not coming back." Gayle Trotter:  I’m speaking with Shayne Wheeler, author of The Briarpatch ...

posted 2:11:44am Feb. 18, 2013 | read full post »

Exceptional Gratitude
"The way that you demonstrate exceptional gratitude is you give freely, from your heart, to those who are in need." Tommy Newberry spoke with me about his new book, 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life.  With Christmas fast approaching, I wanted to ...

posted 4:55:32pm Dec. 22, 2012 | read full post »

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