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Wednesday

15

February 2012

3

COMMENTS

When Words Become Flesh

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I write monthly for A Deeper Story, where the group of us is blessed to tell stories of Christ and culture, given space both to wrestle hard and to weave soft. We tell the small stories so we might better know the Grand Story, and we sit in a virtual circle beside that space’s dear readers, shoulder to shoulder but for computer screens and miles, a community built on words and the Word. But we remember that the Word became flesh. And this Word-become-flesh brought light to our dark world, not in virtual community but in dwelling among us. And […]

Monday

19

December 2011

50

COMMENTS

Every New Christmas

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 9 and 10 are up for grabs today! Because my actual story is posted in full at A Deeper Story, things will go a little differently than they have with the previous gifts: To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this post right here. To leave a comment without playing, please visit A Deeper Story and join the discussion there. I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: You interview me for your blog. White Elephant Gift: I send you the infamous Hot Stuff sign, personalized as I see fit. […]

Wednesday

14

December 2011

74

COMMENTS

Running

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 5 and 6 are up for grabs today! To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this post. (To leave a comment without playing, just add, “No gifts, please!”) I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: I review/edit/advise on a post/document/manuscript sample of yours (800 words or fewer) or offer a general critique of your blog. White Elephant Gift: I send you a tacky Florida postcard. (What’s this all about?           Gifts 1 & 2            Gifts 3 & 4) _________________________________________________________ Head is clouded, Heart heavy. Choice […]

Monday

5

December 2011

5

COMMENTS

Condemnation Walks Away

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It’s my honor to guest post today at The Handwritten, where Michael Perkins takes a few verses of scripture and distills them or reflects on them in short, handwritten pieces. It’s a thought-provoking and often soul-stirring project, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute my own piece, Condemnation Walks Away. I wrote it a few weeks ago when I was flipping through scripture to get to the part I wanted to study. As often happens, I landed instead where I really needed to be. Though I’d read it before, John 8:3-11 suddenly struck me deeply as I saw myself, […]

Wednesday

16

November 2011

4

COMMENTS

A Church Where I Want to Stay

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I’ve lately begun to suspect that the Church is not wholly bent on my sweeping displeasure and total alienation. To be sure, it has done a fine job of putting me off in the ways of particular denominational doctrine, and it has lent handily to my exasperation at church-lady culture. But lately it has missed the piss-me-off mark: In my church last week a woman served communion. *** Please continue reading today’s post at A Deeper Story!

Monday

22

August 2011

7

COMMENTS

We Remain, We Are Remembered

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The songwriter dreams desperately: On the very day I die The very last of my desires Is that you take my broken body And commit it to the fire And then when the fire is finished Scrape the ashes in a tin Take them down to London’s drinking reservoirs And throw them in And then specks infinitesimal of my mortal remains Will slide down seven million throats and into seven million veins And I will creep through their capillaries to the marrow of their bones And they will wake to bright new mornings and then wordlessly they’ll know That I […]

Monday

20

June 2011

41

COMMENTS

Make Me a Roof Wrecker

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Like so many Southern towns, mine is full of Bible thumpers. They are loud and insistent and zealous that you might come to agree with them. Very often their message is skewed; almost always they draw attention to themselves. Not long ago, one tiny church here managed to cause an international uproar and city-wide embarrassment with its vociferous anger. A walk through our university’s liberal arts plaza is often accompanied by the impassioned shouts of a preacher assuring sorority and fraternity members of their place in hell. Even shopping at a grocery store in this town can be stressful, as […]

Tuesday

24

May 2011

60

COMMENTS

Normal with a Slight Chance of Rapture

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Rapture Day 2011 has come and gone and I think we’re mostly all still here. But let me tell you– it was a close call. As a literate Westerner with access to basic media, I was aware of the May 21 prediction. I was fairly convinced that if Jesus didn’t have the Apocalypse marked on his calendar, Harold Camping couldn’t really be expected to bear such heavy scheduling burdens. Still, I try not to be an asshole and laugh at misguided people. So I viewed Saturday as Normal with a Slight Chance of Rapture. The day was nearly over with […]

Thursday

28

April 2011

8

COMMENTS

We are the Queer. We are the Whore.

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If you have no inclination to hear punk music or to consider the realities of a screwed up nation, then I cannot recommend against NOFX’s The Decline EP strongly enough– it would be far too jolting. But should you hazard a listen, you will be rocked hard for 18 minutes and 20 seconds.  And what may rock you hardest is hearing this: We are the Queer. We are the Whore. *** I’m thrilled to be contributing my first post at A Deeper Story today. To continue reading, please click here. And, friends, it’s scary bringing words like these with you […]

Thursday

21

April 2011

61

COMMENTS

Pole Dancing, Revisited: Wherein Things Get Awkward

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When you write about pole dancing on your Jesus-y blog, you kind of imagine it’ll be a one time affair. And yet, here we are again: Pole dancing for Jesus. (But not. So very not. In fact, not at all. — Hang on, I’ll explain; I’m just a little skeeved out right now.) Ever since I wrote about my coincidentally simultaneous adventures in vacation bible school and pole dancing, search engines have graciously handed me numerous seekers, eclipsed in number only by those looking for boobs. I can’t be sure, but I like to think they’re not totally disappointed:  As […]