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It Looks Like it all Boils Down to Love, Doesn’t It?

June 14, 2021
Working with Bible Pride on that sunny spring day, it hit me that scripture itself had been one of those weapons. For thousands, nay millions, of Christian LGBTQ+ people over the years, the very words that are intended to train, encourage, and enliven have been used to shame, abuse, and ultimately even kill.
American History

Subversion & Sabotage: The Right-to-Life Movement, the Consolidation of Conservsative Power, and the End of Compromise

Right-to-lifers understood the arguments and goals of the women’s movement and were willing to engage with feminists to a certain extent . . . Unfortunately, a growing conservative contingent in the antiabortion movement viewed the women’s movement as an existential threat to their larger goals and actively sabotaged and undermined attempts by right-to-lifers to work with feminist groups.
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May 31, 2021

Ben’s Quad Aflame (Notes on Shame)

I’ve only been hunting once. It was, on the whole, a memorable experience for all of the right reasons: a handful of days in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with a few cherished family members, chief among them my grandfather, who was nearing the end of his hunting days; eating lots of junk food; sharing stories in the evenings; ripping through forest paths on my uncle’s four-wheel ATVs (“quads”); being “forced” to wear bunny ears at the restaurant for opening day’s dinner…
FeaturedMemoir
May 24, 2021

When Dawn Breaks Us

Anyone who has waited and prayed for dawn knows . . . the moments in which we wait and pray for light are hard fought, painful, anxiety-inducing. It is difficult to push forward, to hold on, to hold out hope.
FeaturedRacial Justice
May 17, 2021

Reconciling our Differences by Modeling the Incarnation

What hope do we have? If each of us sees and interprets the world through our social location, does that mean we will never understand each other?
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May 10, 2021

Using Kuyper

The last weeks of the Trump administration were hard on the reputation of Abraham Kuyper. Jim Bratt, Kuyper's biographer, considers how Kuyper is being appropriated and concludes that in the Reformed tradition, Abraham Kuyper is too valuable to surrender.
Church HistoryCultureFeatured
May 3, 2021

Haunted by Beauty: Novels and the Life of Dorothy Day

In her loneliness, she turned to books. In the novels she read she met all sorts of characters who became her “friends.”
American HistoryEssaysFeaturedPolitics
April 26, 2021

The Religion Thing: The 1988 Presidential Election and the Shaping of Conservative Evangelical Political Activism

Robertson’s campaign cemented the alliance between conservative evangelical activists and the Republican Party that had been evolving for decades.

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Poetry
June 15, 2021

Locust Bean

You, oh carob, were his food though men confuse Mark and Matthew's akrides (locust-the bean) with locust the bug.
Poetry
June 15, 2021

Prodigal Son

I want to know how it happened how the bindle's gold was spent or stolen by winking friends or women or men whose tongues and strokes upon your hairless shoulder made you think this is forever
Poetry
June 8, 2021

Walking Meditation

At the ocean, I see the waves advance and retreat, endless armies of blue desire.
Poetry
June 8, 2021

Together

Like moths attracted to the light, we swarm together, drawn to warm, the solace of some company.
Poetry
June 1, 2021

The Morning After the Mob Stormed the Capitol, I Climb Into a Stained-Glass Window

I pull myself onto his lap, curl up as glass melts into flesh, lead pulses with blood, and the cold flat surface warms and swells.
Poetry
May 25, 2021

Let Us Break Bread Together on Our Knees

And the angel said unto thee, Go though into your garden and plant Creeping Jenny.

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