Sometimes, I feel like I'm living in a western movie. White men in North Dakota are trying to spread west, but run into Indian opposition. Terrified of the "red man," they paint him as the enemy, the great obstacle of progress. But at least westerns had the decency to make the Indians murderous villains, not quiet … Continue reading 75 YOF: John Wayne, North Dakota, and Casual Racism (The Searchers-1956)
If you thought that title was boring, you just got the point. My family just moved from Denver, Colorado to Twin Falls, Idaho, and when we told our friends, they all gave us the same advice: Don't go through Wyoming. It's desolate and dull. Also, my parents, who helped us move and drove ahead of … Continue reading Musings on Mankind while Driving through Wyoming
Okay, all the stuff I'm about to say? I don't necessarily endorse any of it. This was a weird situation that's kind of hard to replicate in any reputable company. But writers with full-time jobs have to find time to write wherever they can and, well... I used to write my novels and blog posts … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #5–Finding Time to Write
I don't think Christians see how much is at stake this election season. They're so worried about abortion, immigrants, and their own rights that they've stopped thinking about their witness. They're sacrificing any future victories to gain this one. Christians are losing what credibility they have not because of who's in office, but because of how they … Continue reading 10 Political Phrases Christians Need to Stop Using
God seems to love changing his mind. Remember what happened in Genesis? GOD: Abraham, kill your firstborn, Isaac. ABE: Okay! GOD: Abraham, don't kill your firstborn, Isacc. ABE: Okay! ISAAC: What just happened?! Or what happened in 1 Samuel? GOD: Saul will be king. SAUL: Aw, yis. GOD: David will be king. SAUL: What just … Continue reading On the Road…AGAIN?!
It's been right around four months since I left my home of St. Louis, Missouri. While I only lived in the city proper for about three years, I lived in the area my entire life. St. Louis was always RIGHT THERE, and now...it's gone. And I miss it so bad it hurts sometimes. Thankfully, I got … Continue reading Top 10 Things I Miss about St. Louis
This is something that's been on my mind for a while: deliberately going someplace that seems to stand at the antithesis of Christianity--or at least the antithesis of church life. God's been convicting me to get out of my Christian bubble and go meet people who are *gasp* not Christian. And Denver had its LGBT … Continue reading So a Christian Walks into Denver Pridefest…
I wasn't originally going to write about the shooting in Orlando because, well, I had nothing new or insightful to say. It was horrible and tragic, and I pray for recovery and justice. But other than that, everything I would have written had already been said. All the political angles were already being dissected. I … Continue reading Agree to Disagree. For Just One Moment.
I'm sure many would like to counter me on the "Godless" part. Some Christians may say God is still in charge, but let's be honest: nobody acts like he is, not even many Christians. And some non-Christians would point to Christian ideas pervading in certain laws and restrictions, and I would reply, "Surely you can … Continue reading The Greatest Problem In Our Godless World
I know that sounds smug of me, like I'm some hot shot with skills everybody wants and that this is only a first-world problem, like eating chicken every night for a week or forgetting your phone when you go into the bathroom. But in reality, this is just the strange and scary side-effects to living … Continue reading Turning Down Jobs is Hard