Sharon Mindy

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Faith & Spirituality

From the Girl Who Didn’t Go to Church

This post was originally published on July 31, 2018. I’m rerunning this one today in memory of the days before COVID-19, when actually going to church was an option! One morning last weekend, I was shopping at Bi-Lo for ice and Gatorade. I asked the man refilling the ice machine if I could step around him to retrieve a couple bags of ice. “Shore thang, sweetheart,” he replied. (This is one aspect of southern culture that still gives me pause on a regular basis: being  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

For All Prodigal Sons and Daughters

I didn’t get to say what I really wanted to say to you, what I wished later that I had said. In my defense, it was early in the morning. I’m not eloquent early in the morning. Okay, so it was 8:00 a.m. Not “early.” But still, I’d just woken up, and my brain was fuzzy. I’d gotten into the habit of sleeping late — just one of many faux self-care habits I picked up during the Covid quarantine — so eight o’clock felt like the crack of dawn  ...

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Of Faith and Falterings

Overall, I think I took the news rather well. But I will admit to feeling some slight uneasiness when my accountant informed me that there would be no tax refund this year. Thanks to a slight bookkeeping oddity in my company’s payroll department, I actually owed taxes for a change — to the tune of about $1,200. There’s never a good time for news like that, but especially not after a downturn at work and an unexpected transmission failure in my gently-used, low-mileage car.  ...

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A Tradition That Needs to Die

For those of you out there with blood pressure that’s in a low enough range that you wouldn’t mind bringing it up a few notches, I have just the thing: the disingenuous idioms Christians have latched onto in order to avoid speaking words associated with death and dying. Death is the “doorway to the new life.” Funerals are “home-going celebrations.” Dying is “going home to be with the Lord” or “being ushered into His presence” or  ...

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