Living Pure in a Pure(less) Society
Jan11

Living Pure in a Pure(less) Society

I was driving downtown recently to attend a basketball game at my alma mater when I heard Brynnan, my eight-year-old, say to her sister, “Cover your eyes, Bailey! Don’t look at the naked dancing people!” No, she wasn’t referring to one of those clothes-less flash mob moments. Instead, she was warning her sister to avoid looking at the 40-foot-high, ten-ton bronze sculpture of five naked women and four naked men called Musica, which is...

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Food for Thought: Think You Don’t Need to Think About Your Entertainment Diet? Think Again!
Jan10

Food for Thought: Think You Don’t Need to Think About Your Entertainment Diet? Think Again!

   It’s Friday night and your friends invite you to see The Bride of Paranormal Activity. It’ll be great, they say. The demon (Adam Sandler) stalks this poor, unsuspecting family who’ve all had webcams surgically implanted in their foreheads. And one night, the demon walks in and—    Well, it’s obviously a must-see. Or so your friends say. And in a way, it feels like they’re right. After all, your...

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MORE: Moments of Revelatory Exhilaration
Jan07

MORE: Moments of Revelatory Exhilaration

I was driving home from work late last year. The traffic was bad, as usual. The heater in my car doesn’t work that well and, needless to say, it was cold. And oh yeah, I had a headache. All in all, I wouldn’t describe my mood as good. It wasn’t a horrible day, so don’t assume I was angry or bitter about life. I just wasn’t “feeling” that Tuesday afternoon, if you know what I mean. But all of...

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Reflections on Gender Equality
Jan07

Reflections on Gender Equality

I have been reflecting a lot lately on what my “theology” of marriage is, and that has led me to thinking in general on equality between the genders. I feel like I am stuck in between two camps. The dominant views I’ve heard seem to depict men as the ultimate authority in everything or try to make it appear as though women are the only people capable of accomplishing anything. I grew up in the south, where...

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Connecting Generations
Jan07

Connecting Generations

I think a lot about the differences between generations. Twentysomethings are different than their parents. Take my dad as an example. He just does not understand why I would rather text him than call him. He’ll call me and leave a voice mail. I eventually check it and text him back. He texts me back and says, “Call me.” So I finally call him. He asks me a question like “Are you and Lynsey (my wife) coming to...

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Equally Yet Uneasily Yoked
Jan07

Equally Yet Uneasily Yoked

It’s the opening song, and while you and the Latino congregation chant “Onward Christian Soldiers” in Spanish, the back doors suddenly open. You proudly whisper to your friends that your “surprise guest”—your girlfriend—has arrived. But as you leave your seat and escort the rather exquisite figure to your row, sounds of dropped communion trays and a gust of silence envelope the atmosphere. For an instant, you wonder if it’s her...

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