I read Dr. Randall Balmer’s book, “They Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts Faith and Threatens America” about 8 years ago, but what he shares is especially timely for today’s political climate. With… Continue reading
Guest Post: My mom was the master of keeping up illusions. One year she used boots to make footprints coming out of the chimney… …she knocked some stuff over…. …and dropped a doll… Continue reading
My parents brought home a humble income, which meant that everything we did was on a budget… including Christmas gifts. Each December, my brothers and I were tasked with strategically aligning our holiday… Continue reading
When I was in high school, my father was asked to pastor a small mid-western church, so we dutifully packed up our lives and migrated. There were only fifty-some people who attended the… Continue reading
What it’s like to shop for clothes: It’s such a simple sequence of events… that makes you look like a total asshole when you do it in December.
I grew up in rural Pennsylvania where you were either Christian, Amish, Mennonite or backslidden. My mother loved to tell guests how wonderful our town was because, “grocery stores played Christian music…” …and… Continue reading
Like all God-fearing families, there were things my parents simply did not discuss. Things like the “S” word. But the world being the secular playground that it is, there’s only so much sheltering… Continue reading