I had a crisis of faith in my mid-20s. My background was Christian, and my trouble centered on whether there was any point in me continuing with the faith. I wanted a deeper connection to God than what is stereotypically understood to be on offer in most American churches. It seems to me Jesus is … Continue reading Jesus of Nazareth as a guy
A great America isn't controlled by fear. It recognizes its strength does not reside with its military or its economy, but with its people. It knows its history, and it remembers that - no matter how divided it becomes internally - ultimately it unites in strength in the darkest hours. A great America isn't afraid … Continue reading What is a great America?
Timelessness without commodity Seasons without change or night or day. Tears and breath pass intermittent Stillness, warm as a lover's kiss. Who am I when you pass from memory When my days fade into mist? When I'm buried, long forgotten, Who will know I've gone away? Stone and etching rendered faceless And the stars no … Continue reading Silence
Like any good sermon, this post is written more for myself than anyone else. I've been pretty miserable for a good portion of my life. From panic attacks and depression as a young boy to inheriting the worldview of a family that doesn't necessarily always look on the bright side, my predisposition has been … Continue reading How to find peace
Each of us lives in two realities. One reality is the external world in which we interact with each other, where we work, we go to school, and where objective things happen to us: we get a new job, babies are born, loved ones die, and so on. The other reality is our internal thought … Continue reading Where fear, panic and despair die
There isn't much I've been unwilling to lay bare about myself in the hopes of helping others who may be experiencing similar situations or issues. One such issue I've written a good deal about is my lifelong struggle with panic and depression. It's not a topic I enjoy writing or talking about because of how … Continue reading Overcoming my demon: fear
As I sometimes do when I feel despair and confused, I headed to St. Simons Island today. I go there to commune with God and connect with one of my long-dead spiritual mentors, John Wesley. St. Simons is, along with Savannah, the only place in America where the Wesley brothers stepped foot. John convinced his … Continue reading What the American Church needs to hear