Good People, Bad People

I met someone in Germany last week who had an interesting story to tell. You’ll hear many stories over in the East because it’s a place that’s seen a lot of upheaval in the recent past. But as with most things, it’s not easy to put them away into neat little boxes. Read More Good People, Bad People

Looking For My Religion In The Season Of Advent

I spent most of this past Saturday going through my closet at my parents’ house and doing some serious downsizing and rearranging. Seriously, there was stuff in that closet from five years ago that I forgot I even still owned. I said goodbye to party dresses that are still in great shape, and I hope someone has as much fun wearing them as I did. Read More Looking For My Religion In The Season Of Advent

Reflections on a Religious Past

My dad was cleaning out our storage unit a couple of weeks ago and came across a stack of photos, still in their Kodak envelopes from when I picked them up from the counter at the nearby Walgreens. The pictures chronicle the month I spent volunteering at a Christian camp in the late summer of 2000. Read More Reflections on a Religious Past

Book Review: Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

Full disclosure: I picked up this book on a whim, mainly because I am fascinated by and invested in the intersection of faith and feminism. Read More Book Review: Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

Has It Always Been The End?

“I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus/This is it, the apocalypse/Whoa.” -“Radioactive,” by Imagine Dragons, aka the official song of 2013.

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Reading the Man Booker Prize 2013: The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

And there you have it: In what the bookmakers had down as a close finish between Jim Crace and Colm Tóibín, Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. At 28, she is the youngest author to have won the prize, and The Luminaries is also the longest work (at 832 pages) to win. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2013: The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

The Safety of Being a Christian in America, Part Two: Christian Privilege

Recently I addressed the growing myth that American Christians are persecuted for their beliefs.

I’d like to take this a step further by demonstrating that not only are Christians not persecuted, but they are among the most privileged groups in the country. Read More The Safety of Being a Christian in America, Part Two: Christian Privilege

The Safety of Being a Christian in America, Part One: What Is Persecution?

There is a certain attitude among my fellow Christians that really bothers me. I know it bothers other Christians, too, and it really bothers non-believers. The attitude is based on the myth that Christians in the United States are persecuted for their beliefs. Read More The Safety of Being a Christian in America, Part One: What Is Persecution?