Illustration by Gerald L. Holmes

Straight from the horse’s mouth

Essay | Reining in rebellion against discipline and wisdom
by John R. Erickson
Posted 4/01/17, 09:51 am

Below is a story Hank the Cowdog author John R. Erickson wrote 28 years ago. Western Horseman magazine ran it then and it will eventually come out in a new Erickson book, Cowboy Tales, published by Maverick Books. You’ll recognize certain Biblical echoes that John wasn’t aware of as he wrote it, and he asks whether that makes “Diary of a Bronc” a Christian story: “How can a story narrated by a horse be regarded as ‘Christian?’ Come to think of it, what is a Christian story—or movie or song or work of art?” Good question—please read on and see if you can answer it.

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Charles and Claudia

Voices | A story for those with eyes to see
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 3/14/17, 01:35 pm

If you wish to walk the straight and narrow and not end your life by reaping the whirlwind, hearken to my tale of woe. 

Charles had known many women, but Claudia was the apple of his eye. Just standing on the corner of her street till she might appear through her front door, he was in paradise. Claudia was his pearl of great price, and he wanted to proclaim his love from the housetops. He believed that being yoked with her would be heaven. 

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A choice to rejoice

Voices | We don’t have to live in bondage to worries
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 3/02/17, 09:42 am

When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you try to think of is what day it is. “It’s Tuesday,” you say to yourself. It means you’re not going to church because it isn’t Sunday, and you don’t have the day off because it isn’t Saturday. It will be the regular Tuesday routine plus the errands on your list. All this cogitation takes place in the space of a moment.

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