A Voice in the Desert

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Sometimes, I wish I were still in Phoenix.Like in January. That’s a given. Or like when I need to clear my head and want to just step out my back door and go for a hike in the beautiful desert mountains. Or when I try to catch a glimpse of the sunset, here in the midwest, but my view is blocked by treetops and all my neighbors’ houses.And right now, I’m wishing I was back there in the desert... because a group of “Biblically based” churches (in the most affluent part of town) is joining t … [Read more...]

You’re In the Jungle, Baby: Sexual Harassment at School (and elsewhere)

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I saw a statistic yesterday that said 83% of girls are sexually harassed in high school. My first thought was: is that all?I tell you what--100% of girls are sexually harassed in high school. Whether they know it or not, whether they talk about it or not. I’m pretty sure they teach a class on lewd behavior for freshmen boys. It is not a required elective, but there's a lot of peer pressure to take it.It might seem extreme to say that 'all' girls are harassed in high school, but by har … [Read more...]

Waiting for a Punchline: Llama-Crossing, Viral Dress-Watching, and Kansas Being Kansas

Why did the llamas cross the road? a) To get farther away from Kansas; b) they saw Arpaio coming and they didn’t have their papers; c) they wanted to know what color the dress was REALLY… Listen, Kansas. I know it takes some doing, a real concerted group effort, to be the most backward, most ignorant, most intentionally obtuse state in the union right now, but I’m telling you—IT’S NOT A CONTEST. At least, it’s not one we want to win. Yesterday’s newsfeed was filled with llamas, dresses, and unf … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Quarterbacking

Don’t worry. I will not attempt to talk sports.I’m just here for the commercials.I love them/hate them/love to hate them. Ministry is 70% marketing work anyway, but IF IT WEREN’T, I would say I missed my calling. In another life, I would be Don Draper. (Or Peggy. Or Megan! But I’m pretty sure they’re going to kill her off, so…)Speaking of killing people off… WTF, Nationwide?? I thought you were on my side? That commercial was not just in poor taste, it was appalling. I get that they w … [Read more...]

Family Value(s) Meal

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I triple dog dare somebody to go and try the new ‘vegetarian slider’ at White Castle.I’m not saying it will definitely kill you… Just that you might want to hug your loved ones extra tight before setting out on your culinary adventure. I’m thinking ‘plant-like substance’ is probably a more apt description for this new sandwich. Just as ‘meat-like substance’ would probably be a better moniker for the original.Sometimes, a thing just is what it is. You can try to call it something else, or … [Read more...]

Writing, Rushdie, and My 12 Year-old Self: Thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo Shootings

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Guest Post by Brandon GilvinWhen I woke up this morning, I expected to write about writing. I’d just completed a three month experiment with my own blog—committing to write a story (fiction, memoir, poem, or something) every day over that time period. I expected to reflect a little bit about the discipline of writing daily, the power of storytelling in our lives, and how creating (a story, a painting, a meal) is a spiritual practice.But then I checked the news.And this had happened. A … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving W/ Jesus

This is a sermon. I rarely write them out in manuscript form, and even when I do, I usually don't post them... Because mostly, they are not prose, they are meant to be spoken. It loses something in print.  I preach in a lot of incomplete sentences. If you're like me, it flows just fine when you're hearing it, but can be maddening to read. Also, I make up words. So anyway... at your own risk, and all that. This was the last in a November series called "Daily Bread." Since it was the day of our Th … [Read more...]

Narrow Margins

So. Nobody wins.The myth of scarcity, the fear of other, and the rhythmic force of silent money: that narrative wins races, and people lose. And while neither party has the exclusive rights to that narrative—we hear it from every corner—this morning’s results show us where, on the map, those tactics speak the loudest.And yet…  that fearful story won so narrowly, in so many places. Is that good news or bad news?It is bad news that, no matter who wins, half of the country wakes up with … [Read more...]

In All Kinds of Weather

Harry was finally talking to Cho Chang. Stars aligned. Fireworks started. The orchestra keyed up in the background.Enter: the awkward clang of Ron Weasley… who saw Cho sporting a Tutshill Tornadoes badge, and immediately got confrontational with her about her loyalty as a sports fan. “How long have you supported them?” he demanded. His implication is that she, like the common masses, hopped on the bandwagon only after “they started winning” and “became fashionable.”“I’ve been a fan since … [Read more...]


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