“Wait, I’m actually not fine,” I told the cashier. She looked puzzled because we had already been through the smalltalk niceties, and there’s not much I disdain more than smalltalk. She had already rung up my frozen Pad Thai, and the card machine was beeping obnoxiously trying to tell me that the transaction was complete. … Continue reading My dog died today.
It’s the Wednesday after Mother’s Day, and now all of those who have been estranged can come out of hiding. The cards are off the shelves, the flower advertisements have ceased, and we can begin scrolling through social media without being inundated by posts that have us swallow that all-too-familiar reality— the reality that we … Continue reading Post-Mother’s Day thoughts for those estranged.
While writing Unseen, there were several occasions when I wanted to dive into theology and defend my beliefs, but I realized that would A) take away from the larger story and B) make me appear insecure in my faith. Nevertheless, like many people who are struggling with the idea of inclusion and hitting a brick wall at … Continue reading But the Bible Says So— a case for LGBTQI+ inclusion in our faith.
What is a snowflake? A “snowflake” is an emotionally intelligent, sensitive individual who is able to put themselves in the shoes of another, thus understanding problems and plights beyond their own. When assembled, snowflakes create an avalanche. There is strength in empathy. I already have all the rights I need. They aren’t marching for me. … Continue reading Women’s March FAQ
Rick, Nearly two years ago, you replied to an email from my mother. She was mourning the loss of her daughter— that’s me— because I am gay. She came to you, a radio talkshow host, to ask about the security of my salvation. You wondered why I would “redefine intimacy with no conviction” because “the … Continue reading Silent for too long. An open letter to Rick Burgess.
"(...)Theology is practical: especially now. In the old days, when there was less education and discussion, perhaps it was possible to get on with a very few simple ideas about God. But it is not so now. Everyone reads, everyone hears things discussed. Consequently, if you do not listen to Theology, that will not mean … Continue reading You’re a pal, C.S. Lewis.
When we left Standing Rock, the natives' message to us was one of great urgency. "Take this story home," was their most prominent request. Thank you Chattanooga Times Free Press for running this piece. Check out the article online, or here is the transcript from my article in today's TFP editorial section: For the first time in … Continue reading Pipeline Genocide: where to go from here.