Book Review: The God Gene by Dean Hamer

A couple of summers ago, I checked out a few non-fiction books from the library. One of them was The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes by Dean Hamer, a molecular biologist who studies behavioral genetics. His premise was basically this: you can take this research either as proof that God exists … Continue reading Book Review: The God Gene by Dean Hamer

Why Joy Williams’ new music video defies purity culture

Joy Williams has left purity culture. Like, in a major way. Last year, she released a new music video for the song "Woman (Oh Mama)." When I found it a few months ago, my first thought was: if CCM shunned Jaci Velasquez for her underwear scene in Chasing Papi, what will they ever do with Joy Williams' … Continue reading Why Joy Williams’ new music video defies purity culture

Poetry is how I pray: A Poem

Southeast Texas has the best fog ever. One of my goals for 2016 is to write a new spoken word poem every month. Here’s March’s poem. I’ve never read a poem in church before,But poetry is part of how I pray,how I attempt to squeeze the unutterable into syllables,how I capture infinity in my heartbeat.I’d … Continue reading Poetry is how I pray: A Poem

How gender roles affect discussion groups in churches

So I moved back to my hometown and I started going back to my very first church. I haven’t gone there since I was 10 years old, and there’s such a blending of nostalgia and the now, it’s… wonderful. I feel safe in this place, so old and new all at once, safe to process … Continue reading How gender roles affect discussion groups in churches