(His) Cancer Is Funny: An Interview with Jason Micheli

Danish comedian Victor Borge is credited with observing, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Jason Micheli must surely be Borge’s prodigy. Though Micheli lives in Alexandria, VA, his humor in writing and in conversations over Skype have brought him very near me here in Fly Over Country. Read More

The Road Between Death and Life – Photo Meditation

A young familiar face greeted me when I opened up Facebook this morning. He will never be an old friend. Cameron did not live long enough. Read More

Jonathan Merritt Outs Sanctimony or, When the Internet Should Go Dark

I met Jonathan Merritt last month. We had exchanged emails over a subject of common interest, the lack of SBC Leadership speaking to the brouhaha over at the ERLC. I have since read his book, A Faith of Our Own. There was little doubt the personal experiences shared in that part of his story were not exhaustive. He is not much older than our oldest daughter.

All of us have parts of our story we hold in reserve. On most occasions we get to open up those spaces to others on our own terms. Not so in other instances.

A friend alerted me to a Southern Baptist Christian blogger turned Christian Enquirer. Under the rubric of just giving facts, said blogger feigned no agenda. Repeatedly he narrated his decision in such a way to present it as inscrutable. Bloggers love web traffic. Even Christians love train wrecks. The convergence of wanting to be read and wanting to read about someone’s possible fall is the perfect Internet storm.

I emailed Jonathan. Read More

Marty Duren Exposes the Fault Lines of Comparisons

We have two girls. To say that we are proud of them would be an understatement. They have matured and exhibit a good bit of individuation but desire to remain fully connected with their families. Kimberly and Tommie get interdependence.

Young ladies in our culture need champions when they mostly experience critics. ‘You’re too . . . .” is the curse of a young girl. The sentence exudes comparisons – and unfair ones. Marty Duren draws attention to the unhealthy ways girls have been/are affected by such unrealistic images seen in the wider culture.

Marty points to one way this shows up in media portrayals – photographs and videos. After watching a couple of videos he includes in his piece it is no wonder he writes,

The finished products are not pictures; they are artists’ renderings. The “models” are no longer models. They are barely caricatures; more like cartoons.

Such moves dehumanize young women. Read More