Note To Self Regarding Old Songs

  Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.                                                                                                                                   Ecclesiastes 7:10     I went mining for memories in music made old by decades and dust, Only to find yesterday’s songs stuck in yesterday.   There was the ballad […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 10

Chapter 10 Erbil, Iraq             Captain Eugene Kim sat in street clothes in a private booth in the lounge at the Divan Hotel in Erbil, which was located in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq. He was waiting for his meeting with Malachi Brandt, who had been posted as a CIA case officer for the […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 9

Book II Chapter 9 Chicago, Illinois             She uncurled Jacob’s fingers from the glass and his arm fell limp back onto their bed, then she replaced the cork of the near empty bottle of bourbon resting on his bedside table. Flickering hues from the television lit the room. She muted the news coming in from […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 Escondido – Encinitas, California             Fire raged on the eastern hills of Escondido, illuminating the night sky. Angry halos glowed red against the orange-capped peaks as they spit sparks out into the darkness like a star shoots charged particles into the blackness of space. The flames poured down the mountains in front of […]

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A Reformed Case for Universalism

Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
by Jedidiah Paschall I am neither a scholar nor the son of a scholar. In truth, I am a son of a plumber, a Bible College dropout typically content to work away at fiction and poetry. This is not to say that I have not studied these matters carefully or…

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 Escondido – Oceanside, CA             Jenny Hodge took over the secretary position at Bethel Presbyterian after Phyllis Nelson retired. She was sweet, vivacious, and a supremely gifted administrator. She brought a kind of order to the church office that it had never seen. David noticed her talents and how they relieved many of […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 Fountain Valley, California   Wrestlers of any kind, even those who are not participants in the sport itself, are drawn to it by the magnetic force of the trial. Something inside each wrestler needs proof in the fire of the crucible. Above all else, the testing of one’s character is the goal. Every […]

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