April 16, 2016

Of Souls That Smoke Through Perfidy

Between a puff of cannabised air and sips of carbonized swill, the old man dropped an inquisition: Church for you anymore? As if he half knew, half […]
February 14, 2016

The Ebb and Flow of Faith (Or Why Believing Isn’t A Daily Exercise)

I remember lying in bed one Sunday night at the age of 14, one arm wrapped tightly around my ratty green teddy bear and one arm […]
December 28, 2015

Confessions of an Anxiety-Ridden Hypochondriac

Like any good hypochondriac, I spend my Saturdays browsing WebMD. It’s a treasure trove of diagnoses—all spelled out in enough medical-sounding jargon to be believable. After […]
December 11, 2015

How To Be An Atheist (Or, What I’ve Learned from Faith)

Let’s start with an uncomfortable premise: Believing begins in doubting. # Over the past several years, I have had the privilege of working with the “movers […]
October 18, 2015

“When I was 16”: Thoughts on church

A fledgling Christian—finding faith as a young Catholic When I was 16, I attended church on a weekly basis. Like any good Catholic, I genuflected at […]
September 7, 2015

Why I Should Care About Refugees (Or How I Relearned the Christian Imperative)

The problem of ignorance Most weekday mornings, I spend upwards of five hours on buses. It gets old, I confess, but it also affords me the […]
August 15, 2015

I inquired of Charlie

How did I get to here? Two legs, a couple of eyes: no more. I weave and wind, and swim Among the flail, the limbs of […]
June 27, 2015


But there the colors, there the flag: there the hundred-thousand fears teared dry, hushed, as at the bridge of Selma and the river Kwai— as if […]
June 13, 2015

Jesus the Violent Rebel?

Reza Aslan had us at “Jesus is a zealot.” Not of the true Zealot movement, he asserts, organized some 20 years after Jesus’ death. No, this is […]