EXPECTO PATRONUM! And Other Spells That Don’t Ensure Your Internet Safety

Listen. Most any ‘change in privacy’ notice you see on Facebook is a scam. Social media sites would completely implode on themselves if they started charging, and they know it. Or if everything suddenly became “public,” in the most basic understanding of the word.  Furthermore, anything that says “if you copy and paste this into your status, then _____ thing will or won’t happen” is definitely a scam. Your status box has no magic power to create a force field… Read more

Get it Together, America–We’ve Got Company

Maybe this week in U.S. news is no more embarrassing than any other. But I tell you what, I am feeling especially appalled by our collective bad behavior. Maybe it’s because the behavior has been especially…well, appalling. Or maybe it’s because the POPE IS IN TOWN, and, I don’t know, it seems like we should clean up the place a little. Use a napkin, at the very least, and not put our *^@%#^ feet on the table. It’s hard to… Read more

Talking to Strangers: Scene in a Bar

I was drinking a beer. That was her first clue that I wasn’t a real Christian. Read more

Hope, Healing, and Multiple Drafts: A Conversation with Author Reba Riley

I recently posted a review of the new book “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome.” Since then, I’ve had the privilege of a conversation with author Reba Riley. Here’s some of our discussion about writing, family, and what’s next. It’s the abridged version so YOU’RE WELCOME, because we both really love to chat. If you don’t already have this book on your ‘to-read’ pile, get on it. This is the book your nightstand has been waiting for… E: This book has got to… Read more

That One Time When Kim Davis Stopped Being Hilarious

Yesterday, I did something I’ve never done before—I took down a previously published blog post. Last week I wrote about Kim Davis—as have so many. It was a tongue in cheek piece poking fun at her misguided “religious freedom” crusade. However—while the humor was aimed in her general direction, it was not really meant to be about her. I meant to shed light on the absurdity of her claims in general—and to make light of her voice, in particular, in a way… Read more

Those Tiny Shoes

Those tiny shoes. I am heavy-hearted and haunted today, as are many of us, by the images of a small lifeless body washed up on the shore of a Turkish beach. Children on beaches should be running and splashing and making sand castles. But Alyan Kurdi and his brother Galip drowned in the Aegean sea yesterday; along with their mother and 9 other Syrian refugees. These add to the more than 2500 lives lost in similar passage, this summer alone. My… Read more

Clean Hands, Full Hearts (Can’t Lose): A Sermon About Purity and Tradition

7Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of… Read more

When Violence is Not News

The fresh horror out of Virginia this morning: a news anchor and camera man went to work. Same as every day. But while they were filming, they were shot and killed. Live. On the air. It is a truly heartbreaking story. I do not know much about the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward; but I am certain that the people who loved them just received the worst phone call of their lives. And that they continue to live a nightmare of a day–one… Read more

Pointing Fingers and Dancing on Ashes: Josh Duggar, Again

The Josh Duggar stuff. First– we should stop acting surprised. We already knew he was not who he said he was. Also, it’s important to clarify that molesting young girls and cheating on your wife are not the same thing. Cheating on your wife makes you a jerk (and any other number of names that your wife is welcome to call you and, I’m sure, has). Molesting young girls make you a deviant. Josh has revealed himself to be both, but… Read more

The Naked Truth About Dress Codes

Women’s bodies sure are controversial these days. And not just in the political/ideological sense regarding reproductive rights and healthcare. I mean just–there is fundamentally something offensive and confusing about curves, cleavage and knees. And I guess now, bones. A girl at a Kentucky High School was sent home for wearing a top that was very, very revealing… of her collar bones.   The Missouri Legislature figured that maybe a stricter dress code would cut down on sexual harassment claims among young interns.   And Donald Trump is… Read more

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