Errol Castens

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Despite having written about Kairos Prison Ministry four times in the past few years, I don’t mean to sound like a one-note horn. It’s just that I’ve never experienced any other place and time where God works as visibly as behind razor-wire fencing. It’s hard to keep quiet about that. Too often, my Kairos friends […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – One might say Oxford WeeCycle, a twice-a-year consignment sale for babies’ and children’s clothes, furniture, accessories and toys, is an “eco” business, contributing to both economy and ecology. “We believe that this seasonal sale helps parents make money from selling their gently pre-owned, top-quality items while also helping […]

It had been a long time since we’d heard the padding of little feet inside our house. Punkin the cat’s tendency to view the basement as a giant litter box has him restricted to the transitional room between indoors and outdoors. (Before you go feeling all sorry for him, know that he has his own […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal Oxford Bureau OXFORD – Eight firefighters were preparing Thursday afternoon to spend their first night in the new Station No. 1 on McElroy Drive. Department personnel spent much of the week moving trucks, firefighting equipment and other items from the old station on North Lamar, restaging in the expansive new […]

Musings on effort, ease, abrasion, adrenaline and other such truck: • Unnecessary conflict scrapes the hide off people’s souls. Drama for the sake of drama belongs where there’s a theater door that can be exited, a book cover that can be closed or an OFF button that can be clicked. • Habitual complaining is the […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – For the 28 people who celebrated their graduation from Third Judicial District Drug Court on Tuesday, the past three years have been an uphill battle. It was uphill because it was difficult in ways Webster cannot begin to define. It was uphill because some of their peers fell […]

If opposites attract, my wife and I will stick with each other like sheep and cockleburs. I gas up at the quarter-tank mark. She’ll risk the red zone. In her world, light switches have only an “on” setting, and thermostats warm or cool faster if you turn them eight degrees past the desired temperature. On […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – The University of Mississippi canceled Monday morning’s classes and told most employees to stay home after a nearly system-wide loss of water pressure made bathrooms inoperable and required a boil-water alert. Ole Miss officials said the failure was due to a major break of a water main near […]

The daily Oxford Police report had a notice about a young man charged with shooting inside an occupied building. The whole idea was putting my mood out of kilter. It being mid-morning, I caught Roger making his way out of his greenhouse and lured him in by waving a pot of coffee in a big […]

The Book of Judges – the seventh book of the Old Testament, in most Bibles – is a disturbing one. There’s a serious scarcity of green pastures, still waters and other peaceful imagery. It is, instead, a narrative of debauchery, depravity, betrayal and unbelief. Its setting is the Promised Land, after the death of Joshua, […]