Church

To the One Bruised by Church

“I’m a minister’s wife who doesn’t go to church. In fact, I was forced out of church.”   This is what I say, sometimes, when new friends come round to dinner, just so I can see their reaction. Typically, they…

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Following Jesus into the Fog

I grew up in the church. I went to youth group, worked at a Christian summer camp, gave my life to Christ at six and rededicated it at 13, pledged to and saved myself for marriage, didn’t swear or drink…

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The Faith to Doubt

I still remember the panic welling up from somewhere deep inside me. I had lingered in the classroom after all the other students had left in hopes of getting some answers from my professor. No, “answers” is the wrong word….

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Why are People of Faith so Close-Minded? | Dear Addie #18

Dear Addie,   Several years ago, our family moved from one region of the United States to another. We were excited to see what life would be like in the new region. As we made friends and joined a church…

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Surviving Church

“Should we go to church this morning?”   My wife and I ask each other this question every week. We have for the last two years.   It didn’t used to be like this. We once considered our church a…

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Alyosha: Thoughts on Book VII of The Brothers Karamazov

“He who loves men loves their joy.”   “I do not rebel against my God, I simply do not accept his world.”     This book starts off like a horror film—centered around the drama and intrigue that the Elder…

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We Don’t Do That

We walk in and a woman tells us to pick a color. I’m drawn to the blues. They seem whimsical and youthful and impractical. But it’s getting warmer, and I should stick with what everyone does this time of year:…

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Searching for a Faith Like Summer

He died during finals week. I was 20 years old and a college sophomore. Somewhere between articulating in paragraph format Abraham Maslow’s Pyramid and Eric Fromm’s Eight Basic Needs, my childhood hero passed away.   George was my fourth grade…

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How Do I Make Space to Process My Faith? Dear Addie #15

Dear Addie, I have found comfort in your writing lately, as another angsty soul undergoing a spiritual reckoning of sorts. Like many “Dear Addie” readers, I find myself unsure of how to move forward. I grew up evangelical in the…

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Orthodox Comfort

A couple of months ago I resigned from my job. It wasn’t a good resignation—it was scandalous and controversial and public. I am still reeling from the effects of this trauma in my life. Many times a personal crisis reveals…

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