Oh, For a Blank Slate!
Raymond J. Brown on the Honesty of One Heathen & the Excuses of the Lapsed
It was a rare experience for me: reading the unfiltered, indeed innocent, impressions of an honest heathen encountering Christian believers. And I rather wish that I had been a witness to the event, quiet and pedestrian though it was.
It was Ash Wednesday in Iraq—and the rest of the world. Englishwoman Emma Sky was serving as the political advisor to General Ray Odierno, commander of all the coalition forces in the country. That morning, Sky noticed a black smudge on the general's forehead. Her first inclination—Sky harbors no trace of Very Senior Officer Veneration—was to inform the theater commander of his . . .
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Raymond J. Brown is Secretary of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau and a retired USCG captain. He is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in New Hampshire.
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