Christian Living

The Prison Staff

My Joseph Journey – The Prison Staff

I use the term prison staff to keep the label deliberately ambiguous. Most outsiders would simply call them “guards” collectively. Most insiders call them [...]

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Building a Nation of Compromise

Building a Nation of Compromise

I’m talking about politics as much as religion in this series. At least on the surface. Feel free to move along to something more innocuous (like dwarf bunnies) if you [...]

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a gate in a wooden fence

Confronting Boundaries — Part 1

I recently wrote about my recognition that some boundaries aren’t as universally absolute as some Christians believe. Murder is wrong across the board, but can the same [...]

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Pierced for Our Fashions

Apart from keeping all those small kiosks in malls busy, are there serious consequences to wearing such jewelry? Don't some people say the Bible says we're not supposed to pierce our bodies? [...]

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The Prevarication of Privacy – Part 2

"Privacy" is highly valued, but is it highly valuable? We've seen how the family unit breaks down under all the efforts to keep a personal sense of privacy, even in that relational context. This was not always the way. In most of the past, marriage, childbearing, and the broader social dynamic were far more intimate. They lived life together. [...]

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Living in a Nation of Assumers

Living in a Nation of Assumers

Note that this post contains words that may offend certain readers. If you’re offended by these words, feel free to skip reading this post and move on to less offensive [...]

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Prison Food

My Joseph Journey – Prison Food

It seems silly to comment on prison food, but you'd be surprised. There's a lot to be said about the overall experience. [...]

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Family - the Need for Platonic Intimacy

Family – the Need for Platonic Intimacy

Merriam-Webster lists eight distinct definitions for “family”, and five of the eight relate specifically to people. It’s not a simple concept in denotative [...]

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Navigating a Nation with Abortion

Navigating a Nation with Abortion

I’m **talking about politics** as much as religion in this series. At least on the surface. Feel free to move along to something more innocuous (like [dwarf [...]

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a gate in a wooden fence

Confronting Boundaries — Part 2

I take a systematic, methodical approach when confronting boundaries (or assessing any potential truth) because it produces reliable results. I've adapted John Wesley's quadrilateral to this task, since my personal boundaries are essentially doctrine or truth applied to me personally. [...]

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cross tattoo on back

Under the Needle – Tattoos in the Bible

It wasn’t that long ago when a man with tattoos would be shunned by society at large and likely barred from most churches. Today, getting ink done is far more widely [...]

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Adivasi Women Dancing

A Difference between Difference and Sin

For centuries, strategic missions organizations in Europe sent workers by ship or caravan to the most remote reaches of trade routes and beyond. The wild interior of Africa, [...]

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To Drink or Not to Drink

We’ve covered all sorts of topics here, from the general site motif of sexuality to the entertainment value of foam weaponry. Christian life is far from boring, and [...]

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My Inmate Brothers in Christ

My Joseph Journey – The Brothers

Prior to my prison sentence, I was a part of a vibrant, healthy, biblical church. Vibrant leaders led our church who were well-trained in theology and focused on integrity [...]

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Loving in a Nation of Presumers

Loving in a Nation of Presumers

I’m talking about politics as much as religion in this series. At least on the surface. Feel free to move along to something more innocuous (like dwarf bunnies) if you [...]

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Noli me tangere by Titian

Misogyny and Malarkey – Leadership

We’ve established that man and woman were created equal and that the “head of the household” label has more to do with responsibility and function than rank [...]

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On the Shoulders

I believe this is one of the greatest times to be alive in the church. Yes, persecution exists in different forms in different places. Yes, there is a great resistance in [...]

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