Author: Jim Kerr

Why I Don’t Watch Either Fox News or CNN

At the local Planet Fitness where I have a gym membership, a line of eighteen TV monitors awaits me when I arrive for my early morning workouts. It’s hard to keep your eyes off those flashing monitors while working out at that gym because they hang right there at in front of the long line of cardio machines. Often I as I’m doing my workout, I look around and see people’s eyes trained to the line of monitors, soaking up the morning news. From my vantage point in the cardio section, I am able to see nine of the...

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When Words Become Actions

Bombs sent to the homes of former U.S. presidents. Politicians being fired on at baseball practice. Journalists being body slammed. Political smear ads dragging candidates through the dirt. Mobs chanting ugliness at campaign rallies. Staffers shouting at each other on the front lawn of the White House. Our country’s uncivil war is deepening. The divide is deepening. We’re seeing the hate and vitriol spitting at us on our TVs, our phones, our computers. How many ways can one nation be divided? Let me count the ways. Left versus right. Republican versus Democrat. Liberal versus conservative. The elite versus the...

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One Country, Divisible

The thought struck me this morning as I was working out at the gym while scanning another morning of angry headlines on the news. This country is at war. We are at war with China. We are at war with Iran. We are at war with our allies. With our neighbors. With migrants. But the worst part is, we are at war with ourselves. It’s an all-out civil war out there on the streets of America. Left versus right. Liberals versus conservatives. Elites versus the common people. Trump supporters versus the anti-Trump camp. One nation, divisible, with labels and...

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When A Hero Arrives for Pickup

We all know that both good and evil live in the human heart, because we see varying amounts of each in the people and situations we encounter through the course of our lives. What’s fascinating to me about this is how frequently we see both sides of the good-evil coin playing out in the same field at the same time. Think, for example, of the heroism witnessed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks or the bravery of heroes like Oskar Schlinder during the Holocaust. Our family saw a real-world example of this last week when a modern-day hero showed up...

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Watching the Train of Troubles

I sit this morning during my meditation watching the train of troubles pass by. Worries about my kids. My parents. My job. Things I need to do. Bills I need to pay. An endless train of troubles. They’re all so urgent, every one of these passing thought cars. They’re loud and brightly painted, like a carnival train. They flash at me, beckoning urgently at me to jump onboard. I have gotten better at this task of witnessing over the years. Just sitting and watching the mad procession of thoughts without acting on them. Still, now and then I get...

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