No Way Around But Through

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I don’t know what it was, exactly, that Focus on the Family and the conservative Christian leadership were trying to give families when I was a kid, but I know what it felt like, what …

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May 14 2014

If Only

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Not long ago an online friend gave me a compliment, something about me being wise and mature in my faith. It was nice to hear, I mean c’mon, who doesn’t enjoy getting an attaboy? But …

Inconclusive

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I was fifteen and I knew more about doubt than faith. I had been trying and failing to be a Christian for years. I answered every altar call I could, but invariably settled back into …

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May 13 2014

indoorsy

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He wore a cowry shell necklace and enough white ribbed tanks that the next summer, camp banned male staff from wearing them. (Rock climber arms for dayyyyyys.) Dating was discouraged, but we found each other like …

The Allure of Happiness and The Absence of Time

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Two strains of wrong both with the appearance of pretty: one, happy and two, busy. Both are drugs to appease something wrong deep within me – acceptance – speaking to the question that dull aches like …

you still somehow love Jesus

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You were every bit thirteen: skinny as a rail, brace-face smile, unbelievably shy, uncomfortable in your own skin. But from the first moment you learned what a mission trip was, you wanted to go on …

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