Month: February 2016

What If I’m Not an Elephant?

I don’t recall thinking too much about politics as I was growing up. Apparently though, I was emotionally invested. When President Reagan left office I sobbed hysterically. It wasn’t because I was a Republican. It was because I was an…

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Best Picture Nominees and What it Means to Be Human

Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room: If you take the time to watch all eight of this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, you’re going to see eight stories about straight white folks. This year’s list of nominees…

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Three Little Birds

The bus ride from school was always the same. As soon as the school bus neared the block where our tiny apartment sat in between dilapidated houses, my palms grew sweaty and my stomach turned to knots. I would take…

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Halfhearted About God

In the darkness of my parents’ basement I slide open the movie drawer, looking for the sky blue case of the VHS tape of Hoosiers. I don’t find it. It’s not there. Maybe it’s broken? Or maybe, I start to…

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Mercies in Failure

This morning I woke up reeling from a bad dream. It was one of those dreams that drops me right back into my past—full of people, places, and feelings from which I thought I had moved on. I felt dizzy…

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What’s Wrong with Church?

There’s a lot wrong with the church today. Your church, my church, the neighbor’s church, the church you aren’t going to, the church you attend currently, the church you used to go to, the Catholics, the Protestants, the Baptists, the…

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Behind the Veil

When I was a sophomore at Taylor University in 2008, I took a class called Modern Middle East. over the course of the class, we Skyped with an alumna and her Palestinian husband, two computers connecting a classroom with a…

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Seven Films for Thoughtful Discussion

It’s been a ton of fun for me to write theological reflections on films for this site, and typically I aim to discuss films that will be particularly popular or buzz-worthy to include as many people in the conversation as…

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What’s Success Got to Do With It?

Let’s take an imaginary trip to our local bookstore. Now, imagine having passed through the smell of wafting coffee and other tasty treats and seeing the most advertised and prominently positioned books in the store. You know the ones: they…

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Marriage is like a Barn

Roaming the country roads in my car, I carelessly burn fossil fuels just so I can blow off some steam. Hours earlier, a fight with my husband over forgetting my birthday forced me to flee to these quiet cornfields to…

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