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some stuff i've written about violence

Do You Read the Bible With Your Conscience?

A few months ago, I got to sit at a table with Derek Flood – a guy whose work has helped shape my thinking on difficult aspects of theology for few years now. Derek has a new book out this month called Disarming Scripture, dealing with…

Why I Stopped Playing Violent Video Games

I didn’t get my first video-game console until after I was married. It was an old black Xbox, the kind my friends had owned years earlier. But video games had not been a part of my life in high school,…

Because These Are Sacred Scars

I want you to meet Natalie Trust. She is a kind and generous friend and a compelling storyteller. She lives life with her heart wide open. I’m so grateful that she’s adding her voice to the #YesAllWomen conversation: “If he knows…

Against Images of Darkness

I am powerless against the darkness. I wake up in the morning sore and blurry, fumbling across Twitter while waiting for the black coffee. I see images of the darkness in the palm of my hand. Syria. Ukraine.  Another black…

The Hunger Games

Why I Don't Want to Watch the Hunger Games

Apparently there’s a new trailer for the next Hunger Games movie, and it’s quite exciting. I’ve seen quotes and links and squeals of joy from all across the internet all day. Probably everyone I know is bursting with impatience to…