The city of Nashville has a long legacy of city leaders gathering in back rooms to determine the future of their neighbors. From the Watauga Club downtown to the West Nashville Mafia gathered in a booth at Wendell Smiths to the sheriff and his friends talking in the lounge of an East Nashville funeral home, Nashville has often been formed by people (usually white men) meeting in secret who think they know what’s best for everyone else.… Read the rest
I would see her walking down the street, using a red wheelchair as a walker . . . a pushcart filled with everything she owned. I would learn her name was Janice, and she’d been on the streets for a while.… Read the rest
God of the ages,
I don’t want to pray this prayer tonight.
It’s not that I don’t want to be with you.
I need to hear your voice.
I need your comfort.
I need to ask “Why?”
And I have no problem praying for
and all of us who have been terrorized
and are trying to not walk in fear.… Read the rest
I was just reading David Brook’s latest commentary suggesting changes that President Obama will have to make during the next two years in the wake of what seems to be coming defeats on Tuesday’s elections. In the midst of Brooks’s suggestions, a phrase jumped out at me that I’ve been wrestling with for a while, and I think misses the actual problem that our country faces:
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Third, Obama will need to respond to the nation’s fear of decline.