Room at the Table: 7 Perks of Welcoming Refugees


Repeat after me: Not all Muslims are extremists; the U.S. Government ALREADY does rigorous screening on all immigrants to our shores; and you are more likely to be crushed by a piece of furniture in your own damn house than to be killed by a terrorist. But. If you are reading my stuff, you probably already know this. And you are probably sick and tired of  trying to convince other people.But listen. Step away from the 'unfriend,' 'block' and 'unfollow' buttons. If you begin to filter all of t … [Read more...]

What Faith and Freedom Demand


I had no idea...I had no idea that so many people were total experts on the Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy. I had no idea that so many people have such a profound grasp on the complexities of MILLENNIA of religious strife, extreme poverty, harsh climate and tyrannical, extremist politics. But a quick scan of the newsfeed--not to mention the comments section of any given article on the internet--assures me that, in fact, PLENTY of people know. all. about it.Trouble is, their … [Read more...]

Liberals Love America Too


We rail against gun culture, the gross injustice of capitalism, and the disintegrating lines between church and state. Some may say, for these reasons and others, that we hate America. But I've got a secret for you: I'm going to whisper it so I don't have to turn in my lefty hippie commie card...Liberals are patriotic. For real though. In fact, most of us would argue that we hold the values above BECAUSE we love our country. We love equal opportunity, and government free from the tyranny … [Read more...]

Red Cup Blues: 7 (Real) Reasons to Step Away from the Starbucks


Lots of good things start with imaginary Christian persecution.For instance: My first viral blog post-- the one that made me think maybe this could be a thing and I should keep writing--was about the so-called "war on Christmas."ACPC (Affluent Christian Persecution Complex) has also resulted in a completely free marketing campaign for Starbucks! Christmas has sure come early for them this year. Because they chose to go with a minimalist holiday design this year, featuring a solid red cup … [Read more...]

Lost in the Crowd

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It's been a big week in Kansas City. Following the Royals' World Series win, we pretty much shut down the city for a few days. Standing in a sea of half a million people (which later counts put closer to a million) with zero visibility, limited access to food and restroom facilities--all after waiting in hours of traffic just to get there --DOES NOT SOUND LIKE MY IDEA OF A FUN TIME. However, the people who did venture out for the victory parade were ecstatic. They said it was a memory their f … [Read more...]

In All Kinds of Weather


The Royals won the World Series last night for the first time in 30 years, and this city is losing its mind. Fireworks and cannons were going off at all hours--in the SUBURBS even--school has been cancelled for tomorrow's parade, and there are rumors of a metro-wide coffee shortage as a sleep-deprived population struggles to function in the actual world today.  It seems like a good time to re-run this post I wrote last year in the post-season. Because it's still true. And also because, like … [Read more...]

Faith in a Time of Fear


Guest post: Rev. Dr. Michael KinnamonThink back to the images from last year in Murrieta, California, where buses of unaccompanied minors and women with children, all fleeing violence in Central America, were blocked by angry, screaming adults. In his column about this incident, the Christian evangelical, Jim Wallis, told of a talk he had recently given on immigration to his son’s fifth-grade class in Washington, DC–a class that was racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse. He talked abo … [Read more...]

Bumps in the Night: Why We Love to Turn Up the Terror


I think I was about 15 the first time I read Pet Sematary. I was terrified. I was grossed out.I was totally hooked.I remember holing up in the basement to watch the movie with some friends. It was ok. But nothing like the delicious thrill of the words on the page, and the invitation those pages offered into the macabre layers of my own imagination. Something about King’s brand of terror has never translated well to the screen… His art is language, and trying to force real, physical ima … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for Dating…Without Using a Shotgun


It’s the oldest joke in our cultural lexicon: the father, casually cleaning his shotgun on the front porch as the daughter’s date comes to the door. Drop any variation of that scenario into a sit-com, meme or conversation, and you’ve got an instant LoL. A shared experience that some people will even say they’ve experienced firsthand, to some degree, whether as daughter, date or dad.You can say it’s harmless, JUST A JOKE. But given the power that guns wield, both symbolically and physically, i … [Read more...]