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A Guide to Loving Your Conspiracy Theorist

And so, in conclusion, FDR knew about Pearl Harbor, and he allowed the attack to happen so that America would get involved in World War II. He has the blood of American patriots on his hands.  I still remember the silent cringe in that classroom 16 years ago as we witnessed a classmate self-destruct in […]

Mental Health, OCD, and God

Hi, my name is Zack. I’m a severely anxious person with obsessive-compulsive tendencies. By default, I assume I’m surrounded by potential catastrophes just waiting to happen, and I use compulsive rituals to thwart those outcomes. Whether it was assuming that I would fail every college exam unless I studied for exactly ten hours to the […]

The Illumination of Jordan Peterson’s Pen of Light

Since quarantine began I have finally had the time to peruse the bookshelf where unnecessary Amazon orders have found their place to reside for quite some time. When Jordan Peterson was the talk of the World Wide Web, I ordered his book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Now three years later, the […]

Count Your Midlife Blessings (At Your Own Risk)

It’s not often that people my age ask me why they might want to go to church. Perhaps this is because mid-life tends not to be a time when people are looking for one more thing to do. They’re definitely not looking for one more thing to feel bad about not doing. But occasionally, after […]

Phone-Banking and Other Coping Mechanisms

On Not Believing that God is in Control (but also Pretty Much Believing It)

Eff-up Nights: Breaking the Power of Failure and Shame

“Americans Play to Win All the Time. I Wouldn’t Give a Hoot in Hell for a Man who Lost and Laughed.”

The Gospel of Amazon Prime

The Hunt for that Perfect Item at the Lowest Price has Become an Online Game of Conquest and Mastery

Tim Kreider on the Pleasures and Perils of “Outrage Porn”

Pain is a Physical Delight; Empathy is an Impotent Pain

Law, Gospel, and “Cruel Optimism”: An Excerpt from The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience

Simeon Zahl on Bodies, Emotion, and Problematic Attachments

Caught Between Love and Shame

On The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson

The Shearing Effect of Shaming Children

On The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson

Chasing Perfection: “Do Not Throw Away Your Shot”

On the Paradox of Choice and the Economy of Grace