The Color of Grace: Healing for Child Soldiers in Africa


“What if grace were a color? What about redemption or love? I finally concluded that these words, these soulful gifts that only exist because of God, would be an array of colors too beautiful for simple words, and they can only truly be seen by living them.” ~ Bethany Haley Williams, “The Color of Grace”


If you would have told me three months ago that I’d be reading a book about a woman who is serving the Lord by bringing healing to child solders in Africa, I’d have said you had the wrong person. I’m a self-proclaimed armchair political pundit with no time for such sentimentalities. There are people specifically called to care about such things. I’m off the hook. America is in the throes of the most unserious political cycle in history. The people in Africa can wait.


Prayer and the Not-So-Artistic Journal

Jonathan Edward's journaling.

Jonathan Edward’s journaling.

When you can’t be with the ones you love, surround yourself with the things you love. That’s my motto. Since my husband is a commercial pilot and my kids have flown the coop, I’m single much of the time these days, which means I get to hole up and indulge in my favorite acceptable forms of escapism: reading and writing.

Another bonus to the quasi-single life is that I don’t have to pick up after myself. Which is ironic considering how much nag time went into getting my kids to do said opposite.

Question of the Year: Why Trump?


At a dinner party the other night I was asked the seminal question of 2015-2016, “Why Trump?” Thinking my inquisitor was assuming Trump was my man, I informed her that I wasn’t a Trumpkin. “No,” she said,  “I knew that. I’m just asking why you think he’s even being taken seriously.”

If Time Magazine ever did a Question of the Year, “Why Trump?” would be a close second to “Did a man really just win Woman of the Year?” The collective consternation of the American people over what seems to be a world turned upside down is palpable.

Letters to Politically Correct Church: Christ Instructed Us To Be Shrewd

I’ve lobbed a few shots across the bow at my fellow Christians over the Syrian “refugee” topic as of late. In the spirit of not wanting to seem passive-aggressive, I think it’s time I explained myself and why I’m so frustrated, once again, with the Christian community and their naivete in this issue.

On social media yesterday I was essentially called a prejudiced fear-monger for pointing out the very clear and very present danger I feel these Syrian “refugees” are to this country.

I Would Have (Probably) Baked the Cake: Paul vs. the Constitution


I know the news cycle has moved on from this, but, true to my form, I like to contemplate an issue for a while. Let the dust settle. Marinate in it. Formulate my opinions after the Tourette’s and convulsions from both sides have subsided.

My stand on this issue has has been like a reed tossed about in the wind. But no matter how much I mull it over I end up with a conclusion that has not been popular with those whom I’ve shared it.

After scouring the Word and various commentaries, I’ve concluded that Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Bakeshop, who, because of his Christian principles, (that he and his wife believe marriage to be a union strictly between a man and a woman), refused to bake a wedding cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig…should have baked the cake.

The Need for Acceptance is the New Courage

Social media is all abuzz about Jenner being chosen for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award over Noah Galloway. ESPN, in an attempt to dodge the negative backlash, has stated that Galloway wasn’t even being considered. If that’s true, which I’m sure it is given ESPN’s liberal bent, admittance of such doesn’t put them in any better light, in my opinion. Guess the transgendered, gender-confused, and gender-fluid (seriously, what is that?) pool left no room for any straight, heroic athletes.

The Missing Dogma of the Declining Church

51yHrEC+ygL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I’ve  spent the last week crafting and redrafting a piece about the Christian church’s egregious error of not teaching theology and how that lack of teaching has created a church that is pathologically ignorant of its own dogma which, in turn, is causing it to fall like a house of cards in the United States. It’s been a frustrating piece because, as that last sentence demonstrates, I’ve got a lot of thoughts running through my head where this issue is concerned. Then comes the PEW study that showed Christianity declining in America and everyone’s Sunday best is now in a collective wad.

Feminism: Fake Advocacy and Their Great Divide

The True Beginnings of Today’s “Rape Culture”


In our Fifty Shades world I’m finding it a bit hard to take the message of this sign seriously. But since April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, signs like this are popping up all over our fruited plains. Apparently I’m going to be made to take it seriously.

Our culture is currently in the throes of a war between two factions of the feminist movement. The sex-positives and the sex-negatives. For those who didn’t know (or care) that you had a choice of flavors when it comes to radical feminism I’ll get you up to speed.

Jenner Finds Himself ‘Classless’

“What is unreasonable and irritating is to assume that all one’s tastes and preferences have to be conditioned by the class to which one belongs.” ~ Dorothy Sayers

Bruce Jenner is finding this out the hard way. As the Left castigates him for coming out as a Republican, the Right excoriates him for coming out as a woman.

Jenner isn’t conforming to either class. I guess you could say he’s ‘classless’.

I’d apologize for being so quick to assume Jenner was a member of the Democrat party, but the collective gasp that went across the ether last night when he said he was a Republican assured me I wasn’t the only narrow-minded bigot in the room.

Seeing Red Retires – Lynn Richter Blog Launches

Artwork for Seeing Red was done by Chris Muir.

Artwork for Seeing Red was done by Chris Muir.

This post is a relaunch of sorts. My blog of ten years, Seeing Red, is now the Lynn Richter blog.

Yep, it’s time I stopped playing around and got legit.

Seeing Red has been my part-time writing venture these last ten years as a way to keep my ‘wordsmithery’ from completely atrophying while I home schooled our three sons and hung out with my Navy husband when he wasn’t deployed. It has also been my own contribution to the education of the masses because, let’s be honest, if the last two presidential election cycles are any indication, they need it.