*photo credit: BBC News You probably didn’t notice, but just in case you did- (or, in the extremely likely chance this blog GOES VIRAL AND PEOPLE I WILL NEVER MEET SPEND SOMEWHERE IN THE BALLPARK OF 1 MINUTE SKIMMING ITS CONTENTS WHILE WAITING IN LINE AT A TARGET OUTSIDE BIRMINGHAM. YES, IMMORTALITY IS REAL.) -I stopped blogging […]
For much of my experience with the Christian faith, believing in God has been a mostly selfish enterprise. Whether it’s salvation from credit card debt, divorce, middle school cigarettes lifted from your mom’s purse, or a post-mortem date with the Arizona State mascot in the Earth’s molten core, belief is the one tool given to […]
Growing up, we’re told all kinds of things about the world that end up-upon reaching the busted water heater flooding your basement in the middle of the night wasteland that is adulthood-being decidedly untrue. Occasionally, these untruths seemed rather obvious: “Let me make sure I’m following you: there’s this federally subsidized fund-eating somewhere around 50% […]
The year was 1998. I was in some unchartered territory (re: any state not touching the pacific ocean) at a national christian youth conference. That was the moment I was exposed to a sub-genre of music called “Christian Music.” Now, there has been and always will be debates/arguments/clarifications about the definition of what a genre […]
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who […]
"I now see that people who haven't explored the gift of their failures aren't really safe yet; they're still trying to make sure the version of themselves they put forward is perfect, and they expect perfection from others. People who wear their patches with confidence are the most beautiful-people who've failed, messed up, and gotten things wrong are the most accepting and can be the most loving."
*Photo Credit: Dave Ramsey Recently, an argument took place over the internet. This is quite shocking when you remember that you are DEFINITELY allowed to spew hate-speech in the comments section of any article on any site under the handle of: $balls9874laser And, since you probably had way more interesting things to do, let me […]
"A rabbi is not an administrator, a CEO, a pastor, an educator, a professor, a charismatic, a shaman, or a politician. A rabbi is only one thing: a teacher. And the rabbi teaches only one thing: Torah: what God wants people to know, which is who and why they are. A rabbi, you might say, introduces people to the cloud of the divine presence and helps them not to be frightened of the disorientation that necessarily comes from realizing an infinity of meanings."
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found I have this innate ability to be in a room filled with people talking, laughing, crying, singing, praying, listening, falling asleep and making grocery lists in their heads… and feel entirely alone. It’s startling how quickly a place in which I’m supposed to be the consummate insider […]
First things first: I love to travel.* (*NOTE: Is there a more bourgeois thing one can say about oneself?*) (*NOTE ON A NOTE: Actually, yes, using the word bourgeois in any setting (in addition to typing it several times incorrectly in hopes that auto-correct will manage to fashion your mangle of incoherent letters into something […]