A Letter to Myself, 17 Months After Leaving America

In September 2016, you were so passionate about loving America. You knew, deep down, Ol’ Glory looked like home, you had a future written in American sands. You didn’t know where—besides not Mississippi—but you knew you’d come back home after a year in China with some wisdom and guile and maybe just a little better … More A Letter to Myself, 17 Months After Leaving America

“Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower”: Finding Common Ground

“If Jesus had a ‘sh*t list,’ you wouldn’t find people on it. You’d find attitudes and actions. Not wrong people but wrong ideas, behaviors, and ways of being in the world…He could see the humanity even in the soldiers who were carrying out his  execution.” Tom Krattenmaker, Confessions of a Secular  Jesus Follower, page 28-29 … More “Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower”: Finding Common Ground

On Questioning: When Neither Atheists Nor Christians Offer You a Safe Space

Despite what many atheists would say, a lot of problems within Christian and other religious groups are mirrored in atheist groups. We often claim to be open minded, but there’s a reluctance to explore ideas. When exploring your beliefs while in a Christian group, they are certain that the answer is always Christ.  Likewise, when … More On Questioning: When Neither Atheists Nor Christians Offer You a Safe Space

Debate Reactions: “I know you live in your own reality.”

I’m currently waiting for the debate to start. I’m watching this on Bloomberg TV (DirectTV channel 353) because they are live fact checking. I will be placing the time (as accurately as possible) beside each of my comments. 8:01: Commentator says that Trump may be called out on lies. I really, really hope so. 8:02: … More Debate Reactions: “I know you live in your own reality.”

“Why Do You Go For A Murderer?” Children and Indoctrination

Every time I drive past a sign saying, “Trump/Pence 2016: Make America Great Again!” my little sister asks me, “Why do you go for a murderer?” She’s eight years old. My sister loves Donald Trump. When asked why she’ll say because he wants to Make America Great Again. She can’t tell you how he wants … More “Why Do You Go For A Murderer?” Children and Indoctrination

I Don’t Like America, and That’s Precisely Why I Should Stay Here

It seems like conservative America has a new favorite catch phrase: “If you don’t like America, leave!” When Colin Kaepernick decided to sit down during the national anthem, many people have demanded he leave. One website says, “Kaepernick is worth approximately $126 million. I suggest that if he doesn’t like America, he take his BLM … More I Don’t Like America, and That’s Precisely Why I Should Stay Here

When Your Christian Friends Give You Reconversion Homework

I have several well-meaning believers in my life. These people, for good or for ill, often come to me with requests: “Will you come to church with me?” “Will you read the book of John for me?” “Will you listen to this song for me?” So far, I’ve only said no to one of these … More When Your Christian Friends Give You Reconversion Homework