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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ll walk past those significant spaces on campus that graciously held my tear-filled conversations, all-nighters, hilarious pranks, Calvin walks, and breakups. I see new students carrying on life; these are their spaces now.

My Adventure in Your Home

However, when I found my predecessor’s clipboard, book of short stories, and spatula scattered around my room, I was tempted to see my move as a predictable step on an already well-worn path.

The Spain Diaries

Do you understand?
I cock my head; wait, again?
Elusive fluency.

I Believe in Aslan

I am as control-hungry, wealth-lusting, and greed-seeking as every antagonist in Narnia. I am worse because I am not fictional. I fear Aslan because he loves me regardless.

Borrowed Words

I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. These were borrowed words and they were not mine.

On Conviction

I believe that God sees enough glimmers of faith and goodwill in our everyday conduct to keep Him convicted of our worth.

Why I Believe We Need Better Religious Education

Why I Believe We Need Better Religious Education

by | Oct 25, 2016

Only 10 percent of American teenagers could name the world’s 5 major religions.

Humanity

Humanity

A definition. A rationalization. An attribute. An un-plumbable well of existence.

Why I Don’t Believe in Myself

Why I Don’t Believe in Myself

The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

The Wildness of God

The Wildness of God

God’s wildness is a multiplied version of the boot-quaking awe we experience when we gaze upon the Grand Canyon.

Principles of Something

Principles of Something

For this reason, merely believing in “something” is not half-hearted or vague, but both mind-blowing and earth-shattering.

Behold, I Have Invented God

Behold, I Have Invented God

In a word: I am so hopelessly imperfect it frequently causes me to crawl into a blanket fort and wish the world away.

Fly the W

Fly the W

If anyone in contemporary America can sympathize with the frustration of first-century Christians awaiting the imminent return of Christ, it’s we Cubs fans.

Stereogram

Stereogram

Where moments before had been only a slew of green speckles, I could suddenly see a crouching frog. It had been there all along; I just hadn’t had the skill, the “sight,” to notice it before.

Why Tax Day Should be in October

Why Tax Day Should be in October

Because of my extension, my tax deadline fell in a period of the liturgical year called Ordinary Time, which seems more apt than the traditional timing of Tax Day, so close to Passion Week.

Ghosts We Know

Ghosts We Know

Hi. My name is Cassie. There’s forever a part of me stuck in the loop of crawling in and out of bed.

Listener

Listener

Because I am, and “I AM,” and love is, and there must be more love out there—“the greatest of these.” For these reasons, I follow in the long tradition of abiding with God in silence.

Sweet Teeth

Sweet Teeth

Eventually we’ll we end up here, at Martha’s, on a Tuesday, past our bedtime. For sweet treats, those blessed and treacherous confections.

Peter and Wendy 

Peter and Wendy 

The character becomes too old, too practical, or too jaded to believe in the thing that once brought him so much joy. That world, the thing he loved so much and invested so much time in, dies. And something inside him dies, too.

Miles to Go

Miles to Go

Maybe by the time I’m ninety-six or ninety-seven I’ll see things differently. Maybe I’ll see divine love in the allowance of racial violence, torture, and marginalization.

Solo Cups and Seminary

Solo Cups and Seminary

Christians shouldn’t be surprised that people think we’re assholes. As a collective, we’ve thrown our weight behind some pretty misguided causes.

The World Keeps Going

The World Keeps Going

I thought, if I just touch the wood of the casket, maybe God will bring him back. What if that happened? How amazing would that be? Then everyone would believe in God.

It’s All a Leap of Faith

It’s All a Leap of Faith

I believe some things because it is easier than wrestling with the hard questions.
(My agnosticism is a cop out.)

the something else 

the something else 

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe there was something else out there.

Why I Believe

Why I Believe

I believe because I don’t believe in soundbites, How to Win Friends and Influence People, diets, morals of the story, or myself.

The Better Story

The Better Story

It is up to the reader to decide which story is true—or if not to determine truth, at least to decide which is the story they will believe.

Let’s Talk About Ghosts

Let’s Talk About Ghosts

Do I cling to God and morality because behind those things there lies a black, incessant void of despair and pointlessness that existentialism can barely put a Hello-Kitty band-aid on?

AN OPEN LETTER TO THAT WEIRD GUY JUST STANDING AND WATCHING STUFF IN BREUGHEL’S WEDDING DANCE

AN OPEN LETTER TO THAT WEIRD GUY JUST STANDING AND WATCHING STUFF IN BREUGHEL’S WEDDING DANCE

The fun sexy couple that is totally giving you the side eye and feeling really, really uncomfortable because you are just standing there.

Touchdown Jesus

Touchdown Jesus

Certainly the most popular selfie-spot on campus, Touchdown Jesus overlooks the football stadium with Christ and his perpetually upraised arms.

I Believe in Hope

I Believe in Hope

This hope beyond reason (though not against reason) is not held in monopoly by Christians, but it is central to Christianity.