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January 04, 2018
“A Pair of Silk Stockings” and Other Frivolous Pleasures of Mothers
After a harrowing weekend of yelling at my children, I decided I needed to take...
September 27, 2017
My Kite Boy
This post originally appeared at Good Letters on June 5, 2012. I woke at one...
August 17, 2017
Life, Death, Bread, Host
Guest Post by Laura Bramon This post originally appeared at "Good Letters" on August 18,...
July 26, 2017
The Baptisms on Pentecost
Our guests at the baptism on Sunday agreed, all of our friends and family, many...
July 11, 2017
The Case For Charlie Gard
Charlie Gard, the English child you see here, will likely die—indeed, by the time this...
June 02, 2017
Poetry Friday: “June Prayer”
How to pray for someone bent over by grief when nature is stretching upward in...
April 13, 2017
My daughter held the palm frond as if she’d never seen such a thing. I...
March 22, 2017
The Landscape of Grief
Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a...
January 31, 2017
The Casserole Dish Manifesto
By Tony Woodlief. I possessed a consummate ideology before I had children. It was a...
November 04, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Winter Song” by Amy McCann
What do we understand? What do we even mean by “understanding”? A poem can pose...
October 06, 2016
The Day My Daughter Found Herself
I want you to watch me run. My daughter Becca sent me that text last...
September 14, 2016
What My Kid Knew about Kubo
[Spoiler alert: This post is about the end of the movie, Kubo and the Two...
September 07, 2016
I Have No Idea Where I’m Going
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see...
August 03, 2016
Maybe the Kids Will Sleep in Tomorrow
The kids are home for the summer, but my husband has remained on the same...
June 29, 2016
The Dragon and the Yahrzeit Candle: On Forgetting and Remembering, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. I dive into the pool. My body remembers water. My body remembers...
June 14, 2016
Fifty Shores of Grief
I write this the evening of June 12, 2016, the day forty-nine people died in the...
April 15, 2016
Poetry Friday: “The Grackles” by Betsy Sholl
Here is a poem that silently enacts a conversion. The poem starts off with a...
March 28, 2016
Fairies and Mystics
On the first day of summer, my daughter created a makeshift microphone in the backyard...
March 10, 2016
Praying the Rosary
By Laura Bramon My first rosary is invisible: a string of children’s voices ricocheting off...
December 22, 2015
Prayer: When You Can’t Find the Words, Make Them Up
I spent much of this past summer watching my friend’s three-year-old girl, Mia, as my...
September 21, 2015
Let Me Die Like This
When I die, Lord, let me go in a plane crash, spiraling down, earthward, earthward,...
September 11, 2015
By Shannon Huffman Polson I’d just put my two young sons to bed when I...
June 11, 2015
Prayers in the River
I stand hip-deep in a river, casting into the eddies. I am not the kind...
June 10, 2015
The Eucharist: Eat, Eat!
By Shannon Huffman Polson We sit in the back pew at church with intention; there’s...
May 22, 2015
The Two Lists
Seven-year old Isaiah found a small desk in the back of our garage and claimed...
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 06, 2015
My Rainbow Connection, Disconnected
By Chad Thomas Johnston It was a Saturday night and my wife, Becki, wanted to...
April 23, 2015
By Dyana Herron When well, it’s easy to forget how utterly miserable it feels to...
April 20, 2015
My Mother, My Daughter, Myself
My daughter Anna Maria was born on Orthodox Easter Sunday—Pascha—six years ago. That year, the...
April 14, 2015
Who Needs to Read Anymore?
At the community college where I teach—actually in the state capitol two hours away—a massive...
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