Unfundamentalist Thoughts: What do Christians mean when they say ‘our joy is not based on this world’?

It only takes a few words to send me back. Certain phrases set me off. It can be something simple, so common that most average Christians wouldn't even notice it. But those words meant something else in the fundamentalist cult I grew up in. I go to a not-crazy church now because it's helped me … Continue reading Unfundamentalist Thoughts: What do Christians mean when they say ‘our joy is not based on this world’?

Here’s why I blocked the Babylon Bee from my newsfeed

Originally written on February 17, 2017. I've hidden all posts from the Babylon Bee from my newsfeed and blocked their page. And why, you ask? Is having a Christian version of The Onion with Calvinist undertones offensive? Do I just think poking fun at church subculture is too sacrilegious? Nope, those aren't my reasons. Here's … Continue reading Here’s why I blocked the Babylon Bee from my newsfeed

Homeschool graduate explains her childhood fascination with investigative journalism

Editor's note: I originally wrote this Q&A for the newspaper where I worked right after college. This column never made it into print, but I loved the interview so much that I'm posting it here, thanks to a suggestion from one of my journalism professors.  Julia Kitchen has been reading local news since she was … Continue reading Homeschool graduate explains her childhood fascination with investigative journalism

Here’s an explanation about that callout post last fall

So I have something to say about social media callouts. Several of you probably saw a post circulating about me last fall in which someone called me an unsafe person. They also said I called the cops on them because they were living out of a hotel with two infants. I don't normally defend myself … Continue reading Here’s an explanation about that callout post last fall