Tag Archives: church

A World of Connected Isolation

I wonder how many people I’ve looked at and never seen. -John Steinbeck Social opportunities abound in our age. I can find people to connect to in just about every facet of my life: marriage, parenting, homeschooling, writing, even shared interest groups over coffee. It would seem we have everything we need to flourish socially, […]

Thank You for the Trees

Praying has always seemed strange to me. It’s this elusive, inexplicable thing that I know is necessary, and I feel it doing something when I do it, but I don’t understand why. There are plenty of reasons to do it, and often it’s instinctual anyway; whether it’s a whispered conversation in the dark, or a plea that […]

Firefly Christians

We recently moved Eastward and on a warm evening, on the humid brink of summer, I had my first encounter with fireflies (they were nothing more than an unknown critter to a Washingtonian such as myself until this year). I know the facts of bioluminescence that makes each oxygen-fueled spark, but it doesn’t reduce the […]

We Can’t “Progress” Beyond the Bible

I’ve recently read a few articles by authors who claim to have outgrown what they refer to as “American Christianity”. Generally this perspective is taken by those who consider themselves Progressive Christians, believing they have progressed beyond the faith they were taught within the American church. It seems essential to define the term “American Christianity”, […]

Bathrooms and Boycotts

There has been a lot of attention on Target and the transgender community recently. The internet tends to make these things appear larger than life, like a tsunami cresting high above us. I think perhaps bathroom policies are not so large as the internet has made them appear; however, I think beneath the policy and […]