how I study the Bible

A friend of mine asked, after I’d published this post on spiritual practices, how I did word study and inductive study. There are lots of people who say lots of things about this, and probably better than I will. Ordinarily I’d just direct the question that way, but October is long and I’m only halfway …

redefining racism

The last time I wrote about race, I got some pushback, kind but stubborn, against the idea that I would call myself racist under any circumstances. “Surely you don’t believe other races are inferior,” went the reply. “You can’t possibly be racist.” Webster’s defines racism like so: a person who shows or feels discrimination or …

in praise of irresponsibility

I had a slumber party with a Sarah on Friday night. We ate Thai food, drank a reasonable(ish) amount of wine, ate too many Oreos, did face masks. We watched all three Pitch Perfect movies. We talked until it was closer to get-up time than bedtime and laughed until our faces hurt. Basically, I decided, …

failing to see strengths

(It’s apparently nearly impossible to find pictures of myself. Sarah to the rescue again!) Yesterday, a friend expressed concerns over my focus on failures. And yes, it’s part of the series, but she’s not the first person to worry this month, and she suggested I take a day to focus on strengths instead. I don’t …