Doubt

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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All Things Are Yours

The last few months I’ve been reading books by writers some people condemn as heretics. Heretic is an interesting word; it means “a person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.” To most people, then, Christians are…

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Examen: A Skeptic’s Guide to the Spiritual Practices

When I was growing up, my family took a summer road trip out west. My parents, who were former experiential educators, always made good use of each “teachable moment.” We stopped at historical markers where Conestoga wagons left ruts in…

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For the Limits of the Law, Better Call Saul

Three seasons in, most of the cynicism has faded from the response to AMC’s most prestigious and highly-rated television series, Better Call Saul.   As a spinoff of — and prequel to — the immensely popular Breaking Bad, Better Call…

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Prayer: A Skeptic’s Guide to the Spiritual Practices

Last week I started watching Netflix’s new adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. I was skeptical. Having been raised on the 1980s version starring Megan Follows, I couldn’t fathom another actress embodying the iconic role of Anne Shirley in quite…

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Not Defined by Our Broken Parts

Paul calls me on an ugly day, the sky an even, dull gray and leaking onto my window. The connection is patchy and there’s background noise on his end. But even with this, I can hear the anxiety in his…

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Permission to Have Doubts: Interview with Andrea Lucado

Andrea Lucado has always been a person of faith. She grew up in Texas, the daughter of a pastor. Faith was one certain thing in her life. But when she moved to Oxford to complete her Master’s degree, suddenly, things…

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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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Scared of Going to Hell: Interview with Maggie Rowe

I was saved nine times in second grade. I went to a fundamentalist Christian school and often after the Bible lesson, my teacher, Mrs. Clupper, would ask a simple question. “Would any students like to come up front and pray…

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Interview with Laura Werezak, Author of Attend

I’m excited to talk with Laura Werezak, author of the book Attend: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God. You can listen to our conversation here or read the transcript below.   Briana Meade: Attend is a book for anyone who is…

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