I have little to add to the much-blogged-about decisions from World Vision. But I want to confess that I feel grief, anger, frustration and deep disconnection from the evangelical movement with which I used to identify.

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TBR – Genesis 4-9 & John 2-3

Today's reading was interesting. Both the OT and NT readings were challenging, but for different reasons. Mostly though, I don't really understand what I'm reading in Genesis. That should become pretty clear after reading today's post.

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TBR – Genesis 1-3 & John 1

What follows below are unfiltered, uncensored thoughts on my reading of Genesis 1-3 and John 1. You've been warned.

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Todd’s Bible Readthrough – Introduction

I've never read the Bible. I've started a bunch of times, trying different methods, but I've never successfully read all the way through. Let's see if we can remedy that.

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Seek Help, Not The Old Paths

I hate “Seek The Old Paths.” It is a hateful, unholy and unhelpful publication that gets passed around conservative church of Christ circles. I don’t read it anymore, but in my masochism, I popped by there the other day and was confronted by a truly awful article about depression. In it, the author, a preacher from Fort Worth, Texas named Tom Wacaster, encourages readers experiencing depression to “Unplug your TV for Continue reading...

Don’t Break The Chain

Way back in 2007, Lifehacker wrote a blog post about Jerry Seinfeld’s motivation technique. Jerry (I’ve seen him in person so we’re on a first-name basis) suggested getting a calendar and hanging it on a prominent wall, and then on each day you write (the particular task he was motivating himself to do), you mark a big red “X” signifying that day’s accomplishment. Once you get a couple of weeks Continue reading...

A Song I Loved Way Too Much

As I didn’t keep my blog updated when I became aware of this song, I didn’t share it with you, my faithful readers. And it feels dishonest to keep a song/video that I loved so much a secret from you. Since first discovering this song, the band, The Lone Bellow, has released their inaugural studio album and gone on a national tour, amassing, I’m sure, a loyal and devoted following. To be Continue reading...

The Beauty of Coffee Rings

I love coffee rings. What to some might be an annoying, ugly recognition of one’s sloppiness, I find to be a cool addition to any piece of paper. Seriously. Each ring is unique, but strikingly similar. The varying thickness of the line. The addition of a splatter or two. The incomplete ring that is just a hint of a spill. I don’t think I’m alone in this love for the Continue reading...

Don’t Worry

One of my new friends and new favorite people is leaving town for a couple of months to head to the Middle East for work. I am sad about this reality, which is interesting to me for two reasons: This individual is a relatively new friend; I’ve known him for several years, but we’ve only recently come to be acquainted. I don’t typically feel anything, except when I watch The Continue reading...

A Reflection On Worship

For the last couple of years, I’d been hung up on the point of worship. I didn’t really enjoy it anymore, because I didn’t understand why we were doing it. Three years ago, I wrote a post titled “Three Views of Worship,” and while I don’t necessarily disagree with what I wrote, it left me with a lingering question: who is worship for? If worship was for our benefit, why Continue reading...