Does Sacrifice Imply a Net Loss?

Yesterday I had a discussion about the logic of Jesus. Like I do. One of my friends, who is an atheist, texted me to question my use of the word “sacrifice.” For context, I’d posted this online: “When love is demonstrated in sacrifice, it cannot ever again be synonymous with control, guilt, and expectations.” “Proposal: you [...]

Birthday Post 3: Feeling 22

I’d been up for an hour this morning before I realized it was my birthday. I think that’s a first for me. I’m usually excited about a new age. I’m only writing a post today to continue the routine. There’s so much going on, and so much I can’t talk about publicly yet. Some of [...]

Helping People with Open Hands

Several weeks ago, two friends came to my house for church. They were seeking life advice and spiritual mentoring, and what better than a tea party in the basement of an unofficial woman pastor? I made cucumber sandwiches and cream cheese rolls, and we had Peet’s mango tea, and talked about science and career decisions [...]

Thoughts on Being an Adult with Imaginary Friends

I wasn’t the type of kid who liked dolls or toys. I wanted everything to be as real as possible. Play-food annoyed me, because it looked tempting, but I couldn’t eat it. I spent time in the real kitchen at an early age because I wanted to experience what I was making. If I read [...]

Why Christians Need to Stop Wearing Crosses, Part 2

“No hero in your tragedy No daring in your escape No salutes for your surrender Nothing noble in your fate Christ, what have you done?” -Rush, The Pass My first real Internet arguments took place on homeschooldebate.com, and I most enjoyed the time when some atheists found the forum, and questioned my religion. They were [...]

Why Christians Need to Stop Wearing Crosses, Part 1

“Why do we still carry a device of torture around our necks? Oh, how rotten your pre-apocalypse is All you bible-black fools living over nightmare ground.” –Nightwish, Song of Myself One of my friends was obsessed with revisiting the death of Jesus. She watched films and plays depicting his torture and death over and over, and [...]

Stealing Puzzle Pieces from Ourselves

“I never needed a reason for keeping secrets from myself” –Josh Ramsay I disagree with most people about Christopher Nolan. I don’t respect him as a film director. He doesn’t set scenes with the stunning simplicity of, say, James Cameron. He stuns with complexity, breaking the basic rule of both humor and drama. Understatement and [...]

Why I Still Appreciate Christian Music

I texted my friend Travis a couple of weeks ago and said, “It has come to my attention that you introduced me to improvised RPGs, Nightwish, and Basshunter in one road trip. I was a sheltered homeschooler who’d never known any of those genres before. Of course I loved you afterward.” His reply: “Hashtag nailed it.” [...]

How to Skip Small Talk

Here’s a little-known fact about extroverts: we don’t always love small talk, either. Everyone asks how you’re doing, and they either don’t mean it, or it’s too broad to answer truthfully. Don’t be everyone. My friend Elijah and I worked together to build a list of interesting questions, and I’m gathering new ones all the [...]

Why I Don’t Draw Lines in Philosophy

Let’s use water as an example for politics, theology, philosophy, and other mindsets worth discussing. It’s handy because it involves the laws of physics, and it has literal application to our everyday lives, as philosophies should. “Hey, water’s really good for you.” “Yeah, and it can also kill you.” “You have to draw the line [...]