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Texans don’t trust government, so they rescued each other

Kevin Sullivan and Peter Holley describe an “unprecedented do-it-yourself relief effort that came to define Hurricane Harvey. After the storm blew into Houston, a remarkable network of boat owners with smartphones, worried neighbors with laptops and digital wizards with mapping … Continue reading

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High-End Steakhouse Meals for Houston’s Heroes

Ben Berg’s house flooded waist-high last Sunday. After settling his family with friends, Berg’s next order of business was to open his popular steakhouse, B&B Butcher and Restaurant, as a feeding station for first responders. He opened B&B Butchers with … Continue reading

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Joy as an act of defiance

It appears at a moment when popular culture is gathering its spirit of righteousness and resistance — a moment that could well be suited to U2, whose pealing guitars and martial beats have, through the years, become rock’s sonic signature … Continue reading

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Faith moves ‘Mattress Mack’ to shelter Hurricane Harvey victims

“My faith defines me. It’s who I am,” Jim “Mattress Mike” McIngvale told Religion News Service. “How am I going to let my people drown? It’s as simple as that. I’m not going to let my people drown.” McIngvale dispatched … Continue reading

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U2 to Houston: Anything is possible when you work together as one

U2 in Detroit last night. “You can put a man on the moon or rescue people out of the flood water, anything is possible when you work together as one,” said Bono, dedicating “One” to the city of Houston and … Continue reading

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Jimmy Buffett: A Pirate at 70. The musician’s buoyant new biography sings

By Jonathan Miles I once stumped Jimmy Buffett by calling him a saint. This was many years ago, somewhere in Texas, when during an interview I offhandedly deemed him the patron saint of beach bars. With an easy, elfin laugh … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Discipleship from a Marine Conservationist

As a deep lover of the ocean, I was intrigued that Christianity Today, the widely-respected evangelical magazine of record, posted a beautifully insightful article from Cara Daneel, a South African marine biologist. Here are a few paragraphs: “Christians are not … Continue reading

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George Jones, sad songs, and country music

I was sitting at the bar in Tootsies Orchid Lounge in Nashville on the day of George Jones’ funeral. I was the guy sobbing and gripping on to a PBR for dear life. I’m not even a country nut; I’m … Continue reading

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An armada of good ol’ boys

Got a little emotional behind an armada of high water trucks and boats who are led by their better angels to help the stranded, wet, and hurting.

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Hurricane Harvey

There is no way to adequately describe the ferociousness of Harvey except catastrophic. Evacuees wade down a flooded section of Interstate 610 as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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