in which I lose another Christian friend

I think I might have lost an old friend this week. We’ve known each other for 25 years. This sucks. And it isn’t the first time this has happened to me in the past couple years. My buddy’s main complaint, boiled down…I’ve changed. And I have. He’s correct. The biggest change, of course, and the […]

a versatile blogger award

I’ve just been nominated for a versatile blogger award.  I didn’t even know bloggers had awards, and I’d certainly never heard of this one.  (I’ve only been doing this for a few months.)  I’m honored!  Thank you, Sreejit Poole, for the nod.  You can read his really interesting stuff at: http://ofmindormatter.com/author/ofmindormatter/. He just returned from […]

Sunday thoughts #18: perfectionism sucks

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, […]

an open letter to Christians from the younger generation

One of my favorite bloggers, Danika Nash (no relation!) wrote this.  I wish I had written it.  Please read this if you’re young.  Please read this if you’re older.  Please read this if you’re a church-goer.  Please read this if you’re not.   Church, I got to go to the Macklemore concert on Friday night. If […]

a homeschool mom speaks out

Click HERE for the full article…it’s worth the read.  (Even if you don’t fully agree.)  Note:  My wife and I homeschooled our four children for between one and eight years each.  We weren’t this sort of homeschool family…it wasn’t really a religious thing…but there has been some negative “fall out,” nonetheless – and many wonderful results, too!   […]

all about Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS)

By Valeria Terico At age sixteen I began what would be a four year struggle with bulimia.  When the symptoms started, I turned in desperation to adults who knew more than I did about how to stop shameful behavior—my Bible study leader and a visiting youth minister.  “If you ask anything in faith, believing,” they […]

Sunday thoughts #16: how my faith kept me from becoming a man

I don’t come from a faith background filled with whack-job-fundamentalist-types. Most of the Christians I spent time with are caring, decent people who love God and others. On the other hand, the tradition I came from was definitely not liberal or progressive in any way. The formula I use to describe the old version of […]