Happy holidays? Why the secularism movement doesn’t go nearly far enough

If you haven't heard, Starbucks hates Christmas, or more specifically, they hate just the Jesus part of Christmas. The "insanity" (as The Atlantic puts it) over the Starbucks Christmas cup controversy was, to me, not that surprising. It was inevitable that, at some point in the next few weeks, some rant somewhere would go viral … Continue reading Happy holidays? Why the secularism movement doesn’t go nearly far enough

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The little things that just don’t make any sense

As a news reporter, my instincts have been finely tuned for maximum efficiency and effectiveness, much like the strings of a Stradivarius or the soundboard of a Steinway grand piano. This unique skill serves me well in my profession, of course, but in my private life, it is often a hindrance more than a help. … Continue reading The little things that just don’t make any sense

Don’t cry for me: Early thoughts on parenting

Having spent roughly 25 years as an observer of People with Children (PWCs), I had assembled a thorough, alphabetized and well-maintained mental catalog of things I knew I would never do when I joined their ranks. I will never allow my living room to become a depository for toys, clothing and other baby-related paraphernalia, because … Continue reading Don’t cry for me: Early thoughts on parenting

Memorial Day: It’s about giving honor where it’s due

Growing up, I was a generation removed from the military. My dad’s dad fought for the Army in the Korean War; my maternal grandfather (who died before I was born) also served in the Army, as a doctor, during World War II. Donald Francke was an Army sergeant, serving four years during the Korean conflict … Continue reading Memorial Day: It’s about giving honor where it’s due

‘Reoriented’ preview: Meet D.J. Martinez, on the worst night of his life

"I grew up believing in God, and I never questioned whether or not he loved me. Until I realized I was gay." — D.J. Martinez, "Reoriented" Meet D.J. Martinez, the protagonist of my forthcoming novel (which is being released one month from today!), on the worst night of his life. What follows is the first … Continue reading ‘Reoriented’ preview: Meet D.J. Martinez, on the worst night of his life

The World Vision fiasco, and how it shows what’s wrong with the Church

Originally published by Venn Magazine. What a difference a week can make. In the case of World Vision, the respected Christian aid organization went from being, well, a respected Christian aid organization, to a beleaguered “defender of the biblical definition of marriage” in a nation intensely divided by culture war. The dramatic shift in public … Continue reading The World Vision fiasco, and how it shows what’s wrong with the Church