On Faith & Dating: Challenges, Clarity, and Possible Hope

Recently, I was asked whether I had considered trying the dating site Christian Mingle. This is not the first time I have been asked this, nor is it likely to be the last. This is a question that I believe has usually been well-intentioned–but it’s also a question and an idea I find frustrating inContinue reading “On Faith & Dating: Challenges, Clarity, and Possible Hope”

20th Anniversary of AOTC – A Reflection

Today, May 16, 2022, marks the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. This movie has a special place in my heart and, if I’m being honest, was extremely formative to my development into a life-long Star Wars fan. I was first introduced to the Star Wars films through VHS tapesContinue reading “20th Anniversary of AOTC – A Reflection”

Poem: Losing The Fight

These last few yearsI have fought non-stopBeen beatenBatteredBruised.Have fallen downAlways got back up;Grown in waysI never imagined.Yet I fearI can’t keep going onToo wearyToo beatenToo slow.Always beforeHope was easy to chooseNow seems night impossible.The only way I knowHow to fightIs for someone else.No longer seems likelyThat I ever willHave someone who loves me to fightContinue reading “Poem: Losing The Fight”

Poem: Lost Weight

You look at meAssessing and wondering.You ask,“Have you lost weight?”You say,“You look good!”I know you mean wellSo I speak softly“Yes”, I answer,Hoping affirming a factWill end this inquiry;“Thank you”, I respond,Hoping an acknowledgementWill stop this from going further.I have lost weightI am more muscledPhysically healthier than ever before.Yet this is not causeFor celebration or credit;TooContinue reading “Poem: Lost Weight”

Poem: All Shall Be Well

These daysI am lostDrowning in griefConsumed by painDarkened by despair.My heart is achingWith cold, cold loneliness;My guts are clenchedPain fills my core.Dreams and hopesAre shredded and scattered;I am utterly alone.Had hoped beyond hopeThat this time would be different;What a fool I am!I no longer want to feel this pain.Want someone to share the loadCan’t findContinue reading “Poem: All Shall Be Well”

On The Ukraine Conflict

Like many around the world, I am watching the events related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine with trepidation, fear, despair and outrage. I am hoping for a quick resolution and for justice to prevail. I do not have the words to salve anyone’s fears over this, or provide reasons for hope. What I canContinue reading “On The Ukraine Conflict”

The Story Of The Incarnation: Why It Matters What Story We Tell

Christmas Eve is here, and once again, followers of the Christian faith are celebrating the Incarnation–the moment when God became fully human, in a specific time and place in history. Much has been written about the ramifications of this, to embodiment, to the relationship between the Divine and creation. Today, however, I want to addressContinue reading “The Story Of The Incarnation: Why It Matters What Story We Tell”

Book Review: Humankind by Rutger Bergman

I recently read Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bergman, and I highly recommend giving it a read! This book is about the power of assuming the good in people, and of being kind and cooperative. Bergman masterfully looks into latest understanding of human evolution, the vast trends of history, and more recent psychological andContinue reading “Book Review: Humankind by Rutger Bergman”

Book Review: The Wisdom Of Your Body by Hillary McBride

I recently read The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living by Dr. Hillary McBride and I wholeheartedly recommend you all do too! The author is well-known in more progressive Christian spaces as a long-time part of the Liturgists podcast; she is a registered psychologist and counselor based out ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Wisdom Of Your Body by Hillary McBride”

Love On The Spectrum: A Plea For Reflection

Recently, Season Two of the Netflix show Love On The Spectrum was released. I want to share some thoughts and a plea from my perspective and lived experience as a cisgender, heterosexual heteromantic male in my early 30s to who struggles with singleness and is quite behind in terms of romantic developmental milestones. Full disclosure:Continue reading “Love On The Spectrum: A Plea For Reflection”