Despite a Messed-Up American Church, Why I Stay

Despite a Messed-Up American Church, Why I Stay

I spent time this past week reading two memoirs of recovering fundamentalists, Addie Zierman’s When We Were on Fire and Elizabeth Esther’s Girl at the End of the World. I was broken-hearted and nauseated by these books. The way that devotion to God can so easily turn into hate, rejection, pride, and abuse reminded me … Continue reading

The Beauty that Makes Dead People Alive

The Beauty that Makes Dead People Alive

It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant … Continue reading