Good morning, Dad.

Often I have heard the expression: “No parent should ever have to bury their children.” The implication being that children are meant to bury their parents, and not the other way around. This is wrong. Parents should not have to bury their children. Children should not have to bury their parents. In the midst of …

Read what would have been my Dark Crystal novel…

(Quickly: Entered a contest by outlining a prequel novel to The Dark Crystal and drafting the first seven chapters. Didn’t win. You can download/read my submission for free: The Dark Crystal – Ruin of Innocents.) Last year the Jim Henson company invited authors of any ilk to draft a bit of what might become a novelized …

Does God hate me?

My mostly private, ongoing struggle within my discipleship of Jesus of Nazareth has been a simple, embarrassingly cliché, lingering suspicion somewhere in the faculties of my skull… What if God doesn’t love me? Seems silly. If anything is taken for granted within the worldview often called Christianity, it might be God’s love. The first song …

Young, Restless, No longer Reformed.

Last week I had the wonderful privilege of powering through Austin Fischer’s new theological memoir, Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed. At this point, it probably surprises very few that I am and have been an outspoken opponent of Calvinism (a systematic theological system through which some Christians understand concepts like providence, salvation, and so on). …

Jesus, Instagram, and the dead museum of social media.

“So we start from New Orleans past iridescent lakes and orange gas flares and swamps and garbage heaps; alligators crawling around in broken bottles and tin cans; neon arabesques of motels. Pimps scream obscenities at passing cars form islands of rubbish. New Orleans is a dead museum.” – William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch I need not …

What is punk rock and who will subvert it?

To say, “I come from a punk rock background” sounds desperately pretentious. But I do. Sort of. Punk rock, as a kind of amorphous ideology, was a formative thing for me. Around fifteen years ago I found in punk rock an adaptable manifesto that breaks down into three basic ideas: Defy the status quo Sedition, …

A beginner’s guide to David Bowie.

I bought David Bowie’s Earthling album in 1997 as was my duty as a Nine Inch Nails fan. I liked the record, but other than a general awareness of Bowie, that Queen song, his role in one of my favorite films, and that song of his that Nirvana covered, I wasn’t much of a real fan. Then, in …

December the 26th.

I am overcome with a kind of sadness every 26th of December. On that day a once lovely evergreen is dragged away bare. Windows festooned with garlands and lights are stripped ordinary and plain. Glass ornaments of red and sliver are packed into their 11 month hibernation. Carols sung daily are abruptly silenced. The ghost …

Christmas sale/The Joke That We Play On The World

  Back in August I pointed out that my only work on non-fiction (The Joke That We Play On The World) will not be reprinted. Showbread’s story has continued its inevitable evolution following the publication of The Joke… in 2011, and as such I’ve opted to eventually revise and update the memoir at a later date rather than …

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