Why Slow Writing is the Only Kind I Want to Do

Fallow times are as necessary for writers as they are for fields and gardens. We see only silence and stagnation; we fail to recall the necessary preparation that’s happening under the surface. [Read more...]

A Blog Series on Contraception Illustrates What’s Broken in the Blogosphere…and How We Might Begin to Fix It

If we wish to nurture writing that helps us ask and grapple with answers to the most difficult and necessary questions facing human beings, we must come up with other ways to compensate the writers willing to ask them, particularly as those writers must also endure virtual shaming at the hands of angry Internet mobs as the price of questioning assumptions and steering conversations in unfamiliar, challenging directions. [Read more...]

Rethinking Margaret Sanger, Contraception, & How We are All a Moral “Mixed Bag”

A mixed bag. We are all a mixed bag. This is Theology 101, a most essential bit of Christian doctrine: We are all deeply flawed—“all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3;23). And no matter what our flaws are, God’s grace is sufficient. I thought of this as I watched my friend and colleague Rachel Stone’s words being misconstrued, twisted, and blasted by fellow Christians yesterday. [Read more...]

14 Blog Posts from 2014 That You Need to Read

These are the posts written in 2014 for which I had immediate recall because they were so wise, moving, funny, or all of the above. [Read more...]

On Assisted Suicide and Chronic Pain, Sex and Prayer, DNA and Ice Buckets: Top 10 Posts of 2014

The 10 most-read blog posts of 2014—a list that provides a good snapshot of topics I regularly cover, such as genetics, chronic pain, medical decision making, parenting, and Christianity. [Read more...]

Rethinking Prayer

I have struggled to pray for most of my life. Prayer has rarely made sense to me, not in an intellectual sense, but as a practical matter. I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing when I pray, especially when I’m praying by myself. I feel restless and off-kilter, my efforts awkward and superficial. [Read More...]

Kids, Kidneys and Other Distractions

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It’s normal for me to be less productive in the final weeks of August, as we try to squeeze all the stuff we planned to do over the summer into the final few days. But I was more sidetracked than usual this August. Besides a calendar dominated by school supply shopping, orthodontist and haircut appointments, and [Read More...]

Why Talking Evangelical is Good for Your Blog Stats

A few months ago, I tweeted this: “Reason #437 I love being an Episcopalian: No one knows who Mark Driscoll is, much less why he’s apologizing.” Driscoll is a popular Seattle-based evangelical pastor, known in part for his complementarian opinions on sex and marriage (i.e., the view that God calls men and women to complementary [Read More...]


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