A Call to Transparency

I have spent the last few days sorting my thoughts on the recent situation happening at my alma mater, MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. To save time, my husband has already compiled a short summary of the situation and any relevant articles and blog posts. Through social media outlets, blogs, open-community forums, and the


Of Gods and Guinea Pigs

They called him Manuel, and he padded about numbly, not knowing what Manuel meant, not caring; it was just what they called him before sprinkling bits of yum on the floor. Not often did they speak to Manuel because they were gods and were busy. Also, Manuel had brothers and sisters who were equally deserving


In Light of the MNU + Randy Beckum Situation

Last updated: February 28, 9:27 pm MidAmerica Nazarene University recently relieved Randy Beckum of his role as Vice President, although he retains his position as the school’s chaplain. The reasons for this move by the school are somewhat unclear. The official announcement from the school suggests that they wanted to allow him to focus more


Santa’s Not Real

“Daddy, is Santa Claus real?” Anthony squirmed his way onto my lap, forcing himself between me and my book. He pushed his glasses back up his nose and peered up at me. I sighed – this wasn’t going to be an easy conversation. Marking my place in the book, I set it on the coffee


When “Love” Is Not Enough

“I just want to love.” We throw around that word “love” all the time, but do we even know what it means? I love my dog. I love pizza. I love shopping. I love reading. I love the band The Classic Crime. I love naps. I love fall. Love. Love. Love. I love my husband


Christianity And Other Forms Of Hell

Nearly all in my family would identify themselves as Christian, but most don’t attend church on a regular basis and only seldom is the topic of religion brought up. Those who do attend church regularly tend to be Catholic, though there are also a few who go to nondenominational churches and a few others who


If They’re Right

They say we’re arrogant homophobic ignorant blind. They say we’re afraid of failure of truth of sight. What if they’re right? What if we’ve lost the faith through visions of self-righteousness? What if we’re bigots and cowards driven by fear and hate? What if they’re right? Is that why we push to prove that we’re

Creation, God's Playground

Coffee, Creation, and Theistic Evolution

This may shock some of you, but I love coffee. Hot, iced, espresso, dark roast, light roast – it doesn’t matter. It’s delicious. In case you don’t believe me, here are just a few of the brewers that I have in my kitchen: Black & Decker Drip Pot Moka Pot Melitta Pourover Kalita Wave Pourover Aeropress French Press


Freedom in Biblical Inerrancy

If I asked three different men to describe the perfect woman, I would get three completely different responses. The first man might describe a tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed bombshell. The second man might describe a woman of remarkable intellect and drive. And the third man might describe a woman who was 100% devoted to her family.


Empty Night

The sun, it sets on another day. Dark makes night its immortal prey; Dusk’s weary ghost digs its own grave To make the morning’s light its slave. Shallow lies the serpent’s tomb, Vain to exit its mother’s womb, Yet only after futile day is done Shall serpent and its earth be one. Speak, Rain, wash