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February 28, 2018
I Promise My Kid’s Not Racist
The waiting room was filled with the kinds of people one sees in my town:...
February 09, 2018
Poetry Friday: “Relic”
They say the flu circulating this season begins with the sensation of having swallowed a...
July 07, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Field”
I find solace in the natural world, in those precious moments alone, outside, away from...
June 29, 2017
My Own Desert (Tortoise) Father
This post originally appeared on “Good Letters” on July 21, 2014. I didn’t spend enough...
June 26, 2017
Practicing Presence, Part 1
The following two-part post was originally delivered as the 2017 commencement address for Trinity Academy...
March 24, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Love’s Last” by Christian Wiman
The spring equinox was on Monday. I am slowly seeing a flush of new life...
February 03, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Bewilder”
This is a poem about scale, about the awesome power of the Creator, who in...
December 02, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Advent”
Of course you’ve heard of “El Niño.” And you know that it refers to the...
November 30, 2016
The Ghosts of Home
When I visit my family in northern Minnesota, I find myself on the same roads...
August 16, 2016
The Neglected Garden, Part II
Continued from yesterday. The dollhouse my father was building for me was still unfinished when...
August 15, 2016
The Neglected Garden, Part I
When my father built the house where I was born, the land was flat and...
July 15, 2016
Poetry Friday: “I Am Poured Out Like Water”
What attracts me to this poem is something deliberately absent yet evocatively present: baptism in...
June 14, 2016
Fifty Shores of Grief
I write this the evening of June 12, 2016, the day forty-nine people died in the...
March 28, 2016
Fairies and Mystics
On the first day of summer, my daughter created a makeshift microphone in the backyard...
March 16, 2016
What Happened to Fun?
I was so good, and for such a long time, two weeks at least of...
March 07, 2016
The Abandoned, Broken, and Burned
By the time you read this, inshallah, we will have the new dishwasher purchased and...
March 01, 2016
So Much for the American Dream
My six-year-old son caught me off guard. “I wish we had a backyard,” he said...
February 17, 2016
My first memory takes place in Lakewood, CA, a small suburb south of Los Angeles....
January 19, 2016
Eden’s Border: Where Objects Have Stories
We’ll have to go back to the gun shop today. There’s no way around it....
November 24, 2015
The Tyrannical Self-Gaze
I'm doing most of my walking after dark these days as night comes a little...
September 16, 2015
Not Your Mother’s Book Tour
In my world, a typical book signing involves sitting behind a small publisher’s table at...
June 11, 2015
Prayers in the River
I stand hip-deep in a river, casting into the eddies. I am not the kind...
June 02, 2015
The Beautiful Attitudes
By Dyana Herron I clearly remember the last day of being nine. I stood in...
May 15, 2015
Go Ahead and Have the Damn Children!
I was working from home a few days ago, on a day when both of...
May 07, 2015
Sugar, Sugar, Part 1: June 10, 2011
I’ve written before about my father’s alcoholism. From my adolescence until his death, I spent...
May 06, 2015
My Rainbow Connection, Disconnected
By Chad Thomas Johnston It was a Saturday night and my wife, Becki, wanted to...
April 22, 2015
For the Love of Money
My husband and I took a spring break trip to the central coast of California,...
February 26, 2015
The Courage of Men
By Suzanne M. Wolfe Twenty one men dressed in orange jump-suits are kneeling in a...
February 04, 2015
Cutting the Cord: An Observation from The Way of Saint James, Part 1
Sean was not an easy child to raise. My husband and I became his parents...
February 03, 2015
The Power of Twelve
You won’t want to do it, but I’ll ask just the same: imagine being twelve...
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