Tag Archives: culture

Kool-Aid Jesus & “Ode to the End of the World”

If you grew up in or anywhere near a church with some sort of children’s ministry–or ever had school picnics or potlucks…or ever had a childhood for that matter… you’ve experienced Grape Kool-Aid. In 1931Edwin Perkins, in Nebraska, had the idea to remove all the liquid substance from a fruit drink he created and packaged […]

Princess Porn

Note: This is not another rant about movies with air-brushed women, a condemnation of the males in our society, or even how to set up adult settings on the computer. Rather, it is an honest look at women’s own addiction–“wolves in sheep’s clothing”– and how we often overlook it. Porn. Pornography. Pornographic materials. Movies. Magazines. […]

A Lament

The Hubs and I stream Netflix to our Wii and lately we’ve been hooked on documentaries. Our latest endeavor, Waiting for Armageddon, proved to be quite riveting, action packed, “Illuminates a worldview marked by absolute certainty and chilling finality…spine tingling…may raise goose bumps,” (NY Times). Please, before you read what follows, please I implore you to watch […]

Where does Revolution hide?

Where does Revolution hide? It doesn’t carry signs or picket outside in large numbers, or gather in public rallies. Revolution isn’t generally popular or well liked by the masses–that would make it more of a fashion or fad–and those change with the seasons. Some define revolution as a “movement,” but objects in motion usually run our […]

Wearing our Heart on the Outside of our Body

We got new bikes. The one I had before I got for Christmas when I was in 6th or 7th grade. So the feeling of a bike that actually fits me is amazingly beautiful. We go on trails that I didn’t even know existed and to parks where people gather to do the “outdoorsy thing.” […]

Single-ness and One-ness of mind.

Can there be a difference in “single-mindedness” and “oneness of mind”? The two phrases sound similar and almost imply a tunnel vision of sorts. Two people can be of one mind working together as a single unit forcing complex and complicated variables into a solitary solution–be it simple or not. But two people can also […]

Stories, Identity, & Acceptance

At Burgies, the coffee shop where I work, we value people and their stories. On our signs, cups, and coffee collars reads: “Everyone has a story worth sharing.” And I love telling stories. Getting every single fact exactly accurate is not the point of a good story. I tell stories to bring people to a […]

I want no part in [it]

I thought I would take a break from ranting about the praise & worship setting. Then I went to chapel yesterday. Chapel is required at this Christian Liberal Arts College I attend. With this requirement comes the hit and miss of sound theology, really funny stories, guilt trips or scare tactics that try and persuade […]

The Distant Lover

She carefully dresses. Pulls her hair so it hangs loosely by her face. She gathers her things in a small tote bag and locks up after she leaves. She looks over her shoulder constantly as she walks down the street. Caution, perhaps…paranoia; she doesn’t know who sees or who’s watching. She meets him. Their usual location. […]

Langage, culture, gospel [2]

2The Qur’an is not red individually or devotionally as Christians may read the Bible, college students scan facebook profiles, sports fans check stats and scores, or bloggers read their daily comments. Rather, the Qur’an is heard in a group during worship. It is not “sung” or “chanted”. It is recited [which, in all fairness, sounds […]