FYI Category

God Help Us – Episode 0


Here it is! The very first episode of my new podcast, God Help Us – in which I have conversations about the curious, frustrating, and sometimes baffling relationship between Christianity and US politics. This is a podcast especially for people who are politically engaged but don’t have a religious background and might feel at a […]

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Finding a Home in the Dark


Three weeks ago, I turned in my thesis and completed my Master of Divinity. I know, it’s a big deal! Stay tuned in the coming months and I’ll start sharing pieces of the project, which is a collection of essays and creative writing about how our darkest seasons can reveal our deepest desires—and move us into […]

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The Pack Rat: a Study in the Behavioral Sciences


HABITAT Found in a variety habitats in a broad range of climates, the pack rat is a highly adaptable species. Urban life in particular offers a plethora of collectibles for one to snap up and squirrel away. Waste is a natural byproduct of a crowded city and the pack rat is able to fully embrace […]

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For God, for Each Other


Since I haven’t posted in some time, here’s a little something for you–a doctrinal position paper on the Eucharist. Keep in mind that this was written as an assignment and with a page limit, hence it’s brusqueness and lack of depth. More soon! On the night he was betrayed, Jesus offered the bread and the […]

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I’m really not here for you. 


Lately I’ve found myself torn in classes where men make sexist comments and then, when called out on it, want to be taught how to be a respectful, inclusive human being.  On the one hand, I can’t just have these people walking around outside. I have a responsibility to do my part in preventing further […]

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2015 by the Numbers


Dear all. The time has come once again for a year-end update! Much has happened so far in 2015, and I could write you volumes! That sounds extreme, though, and I thought—if I’m going to be extreme, I should do it in a way that requires minimal work on my part. So I limited myself […]

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Cities, Airports & Friends 2015


Cities Seattle, WA* Camano Island* Scottsdale, AZ Camp Spalding, Newport, WA Bell Bay Campground, Harrison, ID Malad City, ID* Bluffdale, UT* Hurricane, UT Los Angeles, CA Fullerton, CA Santa Rosa, CA Prairie Creek State Park, CA Bend, OR Battleground, WA Leavenworth, WA Edmonds, WA* Orcas Island, WA Airports Sea-Tac Phoenix Sky Harbor Friends/family visited on […]

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Nonfiction


Well, if you really want me to choose just one—oh, OK you do—well then I’d have to say scuba diving because of the sharks and also the lack of oxygen and also the fact that my other biggest fear is the dark because you just don’t know what’s out there, and not only what’s out there but […]

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A Very Merry New Year


A New Years letter from me to you.  Dear friends, I’m pleased to share that I experienced a moment of pure enlightenment earlier this year. I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about reconciliation with a lot of different people and after one intense series of conversations I went to eat some crepes. And then […]

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My Sociopathic Leanings


As I sat in a conference room of about 50 people last summer, it slowly dawned on me: I am a sociopath. Incredibly well adapted, but definitely a sociopath. I cautiously glanced around at everyone else in the room as they diligently filled in the answer bubbles on their DISC assessment forms and read through […]

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