Guns

In response to Sunday’s tragedy, a Lutheran pastor wrote that God was answering the prayers of the congregation, by allowing them be shot. Having never lost a loved one to reckless violence, I can’t condemn the use of religious coping mechanisms after a tragedy. But deferring to prayer and God’s will can pose a problem […]

Celebrations

Before I knew anything else about Jane, I learned about her nonbelief and her terminal stage 4 cancer. Her social media post halted my crazy morning just long enough to send a courteous reply. But as I went about the menial tasks of life, one sentence wouldn’t let go of my heart.  “I was thinking […]

Family

I began this blog completely convinced that I wasn’t ready, and fairly certain no one would read it anyway.  Not even two months later, I have had the honor of connecting with readers throughout the entire world. So before I begin this week’s topic, I’d like to extend a very joyful welcome to each one […]

Autumn

Before it grew faded and cliché, appearing only in fragments of nostalgia and the occasional disruptive dream, there was a wondrous time when childhood was real. If I could close my eyes and travel back for one hour, it would be to an autumn afternoon, any one of hundreds of them, to the smell of […]

Language

As I made my way out of Christianity and into the real world, it became important to me to shed the habits that no longer reflected my beliefs. Some things were easy, even pleasant to relinquish, stuff like reading the Old Testament, judging my neighbor, or trying to teach my scientist-child that Jonah really did […]