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    October 10, 2018

    I remember when I first realized I lived in the “Christian Bubble”—that insular, sterile place where everyone was just like me. I was already in my thirties, and a friend had recommended I read Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz; I … Continue reading

    November 21, 2017

    The topic of whether or not it’s a sin for Christians to drink has been written about ad nauseam on the web, so I’ll leave that question for others to answer.  The better question, and one that relatively few in … Continue reading

    October 21, 2015

    They say you should be sitting down when receiving certain kinds of news, but when the email arrived I took a walk to the big oak tree by the red barn and sat under it’s thinning autumn shade, and squeaked … Continue reading

    August 5, 2015

    If there was ever someone who should have stayed home from church, it was Jesus. No one else so vehemently opposed the religious system of His day, with its burdensome laws and leaders. If anyone should have left the local … Continue reading

    April 10, 2015

    See that gorgeous floral centerpiece on the platform of my church? My friend made it. My friend who attends gay pride parades and keeps peace vigils, who paints pictures of bare-breasted women and lights a yule log during the holidays. … Continue reading

    April 2, 2015

    I watch boys on Wednesday nights. Lots of rambunctious, loud, sweaty, muddy-sneakered boys in continuous motion. I can barely keep up with them or imagine a game entertaining enough to hold their attention for a nanosecond. God must think He’s … Continue reading

    February 16, 2015

    We affectionately called her “The Demon Dog.” She was rescued from an abusive owner, and now her new, loving owners had brought her to our family to dog-sit for a week. But she had zero trust in us. She spent the duration … Continue reading

    February 8, 2015

    I love the local church. I’ve given a big part of my life to serving it. And one area in which I love serving the church is helping us understand how to relate to the culture at large. And by … Continue reading

    June 15, 2014

    I can imagine some who read my Father’s Day post from last year may feel slighted in the Daddy-hood department. Of course you have a healthy view of God, Faith. You had a wonderful dad. You’d be right; I did, … Continue reading

    February 4, 2014

    When plane passengers experience strong wind turbulence, they do what comes naturally. Some pray, some panic. Some grab barf bags. I grab my laptop and start typing my will. At least, that’s what I did on a flight a few … Continue reading

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