Month: November 2013

I didn’t know to be thankful

When I went off to college in 2007, I experienced the same sense of liberating happiness that a lot of freshmen get. A freshness of place, a new kind of freedom. But I also caught...

/ November 27, 2013

The hardest thing about thankfulness

Think of someone important to you. Your wife or your mother or your professor. Maybe they’re important because of something they’ve done for you, or maybe it’s just because you like them. If you really...

/ November 25, 2013

Thirty seconds in a thousand years

Eighty years after the fact, you’re lying on a worn mattress with now-thin pillows under your sun-freckled baldspot and your hand is propped higher than the rest of you. Why? Because it’s being held by...

/ November 20, 2013

“Listen First” — LGBT at a Christian college (and a high-five for my alma mater)

When most people think about Christian universities, they think of stingy, closed-off bubbles where the students are a homogenous mass, and homogenously crazy (the sort of crazy that the young and spiritual are often assumed to...

/ November 18, 2013

When Prayer Becomes Gossip

Prayer is our most intimate time with God, and corporate prayer means we’re allowing others into that intimacy. We already know not to abuse prayer. We know when we pray with others, we should be...

/ November 15, 2013

Everything ends?

If you woke up this morning and felt like something was different, you’re almost certainly right. Because everything ended in the night. History has ended. Reason has ended. Poverty has ended. Sex has ended. Apparently,...

/ November 13, 2013

Why aren’t more Christians being baptized?

We’re all familiar with talk of decline in the American Church. Fewer members. Fewer young people. And, in some cases, a departure from orthodox doctrine for a hipper, updated theology. I don’t worry much about...

/ November 5, 2013