Category Archives: God

Blue Jean Jesus in a Graceless Place: Making the Medium Meet the Message

I love Jesus.  I really do.  But he’s neither my boyfriend nor my executioner, and so I am leery of the bait and switch theology in many of the ubiquitous former Piggly-Wiggly-grocery-store-turned-churches across the American South.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  Rows of rich, white people in $100 jeans, drinking $5 coffee concoctions,…

An Open Letter to My Eldest Son, On This The Occasion of His 3rd Birthday

Saints have no moderation, nor poets, just exuberance. Anne Sexton. You, son, are no saint so you must be a poet. Certainly you have a poet’s heart— large, bold, and bursting forth with feelings so hefty I worry that the 40-some-inches that stack one on top of the other to build you will burst-forth with…

Bombs and Butterflies

I’ve tried on a few religions in my day. And from each, I have kept something, a golden thread of truth, a piece of the divine, and woven it into my spirit. One of Buddhism’s greatest illuminations is the reality of interconnectedness—the idea that all of humanity is interconnected, that we, each of us, is…

Surprised by Grace

The air is a snappy robin’s egg blue. The sun slices through it and warms the small beads of sweat forming beneath my nose. My fingers curl slightly against the nip. The skin covered by my scientific warm-you/cool-you-running-wear is warm enough to forgo a fleece for the first time since October. I am twenty-three. The…

Heidegger Sartre Deridda–The Great Illumination of the Already Known

Quickly, to sum up that which cannot be summed up without assuming that which cannot be assumed…Um, wait, let me start over.  I’m going to do some writing on this here blog about Christianity in a postmodern world.  K?  And to do that I have to say something that has been eating at me since…

Political Rhetoric and American Jihad

It’s time to talk about violence and American politics. It’s not going to be easy, I know. In order to do this, we should probably agree on a few foundational points from which we can start our discussion. Foundational agreement allows for actual conversation as opposed to what I call “screaming bansheeism,” or the high-pitched…

A Review of Oh God, Oh God, Oh God! Young Adults Speak Out About Sexuality and Christian Spirituality

O.k., o.k., I bought it because my friends Brandon Gilvin and Christian Piatt edit a series of books called “WTF?”, which cleverly stands for “Where’s The Faith?” Oh God, Oh God, Oh God! Young Adults Speak out about Sexuality and Christian Spirituality is the first book in that series. As a married woman who’s only…