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 atContinue reading “Yes, And”

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 ifContinue reading “How to Friend, Part Two”

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 podcastContinue reading “How to Friend, Part One”

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 andContinue reading “Language Lessons”

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 theContinue reading “You are that man”

Thoughts on Death

How’s that for a cheery title? I was going to write about the report on the cover up of sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention, but I thought death would be more of a pick-me-up on a Monday morning…. I’ll have more to say later about the SBC report, which is absolutely unsurprising andContinue reading “Thoughts on Death”

They Know Not What They Do

Easter has come and gone since the last time I posted, and like Christmas/Advent, my Easters are often tinged with disappointment and discomfort, as I struggle to believe and to feel the joy and certainty of so many Christians I see around me. “HE IS RISEN!” they say and post on social media, in everyContinue reading “They Know Not What They Do”

Zelensky’s children

I, like the rest of the civilized world, have found a new hero, Ukrainian President Voldomeyer Zelensky. How can you not be inspired by a leader who refuses to abandon his people, at great risk to his own life, who perfectly frames the moral stakes of a great conflict, who so powerfully articulates a loveContinue reading “Zelensky’s children”


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