Things I Hate (But Shouldn’t)

I know, Christians, love everyone and everything, right? Mister Bluebird on my shoulder and all that crap. Well, that ain’t me. Not that I don’t try, but I also don’t try to fake it when I’m not feeling the love. My wife, Amy, told me that one reason she married me was because she knew [Read More...]

The Heart of All Anxiety: Fear of Loss

I got emails from my mom and uncle about Nana, my last living grandparent. The news isn’t great. She’s struggled with dementia for some years now and hasn’t recognized me the last several times I’ve seen her. But while her mind has been betraying her for a while, it’s her health now that seems to [Read More...]

Something in the Blood

Usually when I hear people talk about finding the good in the midst of a difficult situation, my cynical radar goes up. I picture the scene in Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” where Brian and the two thieves are being crucified while whistling and singing “Always look on the bright side of life.” Yeah, right. [Read More...]

What is an Evangelical?

The “E Word” in Christianity is a funny thing. In one respect, Evangelicals are self-identified, and therefore, self-defined. On the other, popular culture (particularly media) lays its own meaning on what it means to be Evangelical. In the latter context, the word inevitably translates to “Conservative Christian.” But I think this definition isn’t fair. What’s [Read More...]

Christian Exorcism Leads to Gay Teen’s Suicide

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Eric James Borges was teased his entire life for being different. Though he didn’t come out publicly until his sophomore year of college, he recalls emotional and physical abuse as far back as kindergarten for his differences. And though most children undergo some degree of hazing from time to time, the seeming indifference of the [Read More...]

“The Santa Atheist” and “Amy Had a Little Lamb” (Audio Stories)

I’ve published the videos of our kids reading their Christmas stories previously, but Amy and I did our own as well. Since we’re not nearly as fun to look at as the kids, we did ours as MP3s. Click on the links below to hear each of our sordid tales of Christmas past. The Santa [Read More...]

Soundgarden, John Mayer, Bowling Alleys and Advent

My eight-year-old son, Mattias, just recently had his eighth birthday, complete with a magician, bunnies, doves, party favors, sugar, balloons, cards, effusive attention and – of course – gifts. Some of his presents from relatives arrived by mail several days early, some even a week or more before he could open them, which is a [Read More...]


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