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Cultural Appropriation

I have inexplicably become a late-in-life artist (well, a person who makes what I call art). It started during COVID with a lot of free time and accumulated stacks of African fabric. I remembered the beautiful collage paintings I had seen on a recent trip to Tanzania and arrogantly thought, I’m gonna try that. In…

What football means to me

Yes, I know, football is violent. Many of its personalities are very badly behaved. The culture is pretty sexist. The coaching tree is pretty racist. There’s a lot to hate. But. I LOVE FOOTBALL. This was not always the case. Growing up in Kenya, there was no football. There was rugby, but honestly I preferred…

Repentance for 5-Year-Olds

With the enraging news that Johnny Hunt, who has been credibly accused of sexual assault, is once again headlining a conference and has been “cleared” for ministry by a group of SB pastors–not to mention various other folks out there on repentance tours–I felt like maybe folks needed a little tutorial on repentance. Just fair…

It’s Not Good To Be King

 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”  Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. –John 6:14-15 (NIV) The older I get the more I overthink things. Parenting, of…

Yes, And

I just had yet another interaction with an angry, bitter ex-evangelical. In this case, telling those of us who endeavor to remain followers of Christ we are stupid and wrong. And, look, I get it. You know I’ve written extensively about my doubts about this entire faith thing, my lack of faith, my annoyance at…

How to Friend, Part Two

If you didn’t read Part One, go do that now, otherwise you’re gonna be like, “Who is this Staun and why do I care about what she is saying.” OK thanks. Me: So, Staun, let’s start with the big picture. Do you have a strategy or a philosophy of friendship? Staun: I don’t know if…

How to Friend, Part One

Our culture pretty much worships the romantic relationship. It is topic of millions of hit songs, movies, books. The dating industry is bigger than the economies of some small countries. Weddings are billed as the pinnacle of life. (However, Dateline NBC almost exclusively tells stories of people murdered by their romantic partners, and the podcast…

What Makes the Church Uniquely Corruptible

I’ve known one (almost certain) murderer in my life, and he was a missionary. I won’t go into the details here–the case was never subject to any legal system, and therefore there is no way to prove it–but it was widely assumed in my circles that he was indeed guilty of that crime. It’s not…

Language Lessons

Long time no write! I’ve been traveling, including two weeks in my beloved Kenya with my husband, kids, and one of my best friends. It was the latter’s first time, and I loved taking him to my favorite places and watching Kenya work its magic on him. I dare anyone to go to Kenya and…

You are that man

You told me non-Christians were the problem. You told me Christians were always better. You taught me to look for the fish on the sign to know a business wouldn’t cheat me. You bought me Christian music and books and movies. You sent me to Christian schools and did Christian work and did all the…

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