The question of God is not a theoretical exercise; it spurts from our guts as well as from our minds.
A year ago I rented a small home with a fence filled with woody knots, some of which were knocked out leaving perfectly oval holes. There was nothing unusual about […]
Hardly a day passes, it seems, without some article appearing that bemoans how distracted we have become with our over-reliance on technological gadgetry, our inability to turn our devices off, […]
This is one thing that believers and skeptics should be able to agree upon: the story of Jesus is nonsense.
Questions of vocation, what constitutes the best use of our working lives, are not clear cut in any religious community. Nor are they clear cut in the secular realm. So […]
Gossip feels therapeutic. When we are feeling down, nothing can anesthetize our blues better than negative news about someone else. Writer Anne Lamott describes a moment once when she felt […]
Recently I began listening to Owl City’s new album, Ocean Eyes, which includes the horridly hilarious song, “Dental Care”. I resonate with lyrics like “I’ve been to the dentist a […]
“UGLY.” In seven slices with a razor-blade up her arm, Lauren summarized her life. I’ve done youth work for over a decade now, and self-harm is something I struggle to ‘get’. Perhaps beyond the biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives lies a spiritual key. Perhaps in the ancient practice of blood sacrifice we can make sense of contemporary cutting. If so, then release may reside in the sacrificial Sky God who also bears scars.
Francisco Goya was a subversive man. Much acquainted with suffering, Goya had an instinct for the black side of life – he has paintings called Yard with Lunatics and Saturn […]
Did you hear Lolo Jones is a virgin? Scanning news headlines a couple weeks ago, I was surprised and somewhat bemused by the sudden obsession with Lolo Jones. Apparently she told […]