Rarely does a hilariously inept use of social media by a small-time politician present an opportunity for a broad discussion of the constitutional protections of speech and the press. But, seeing as how just such a teachable moment occurred last week, it’d be a shame to let it pass by without comment. I am, of … Continue reading Kirby Delauter’s not the only one who doesn’t understand the First Amendment
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
Venn Magazine's Stephanie Gates was gracious enough to do a Q and A with me this week discussing my debut novel, REORIENTED. I'll include the first part here, but you'll have to click over to the main site to read the rest. Tyler Francke’s debut novel invites readers into an honest discussion of the collision … Continue reading My author interview with Venn Magazine!
On June 10, Emilio Hoffman, a 14-year-old student at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore., was transformed, from a good-hearted kid with his life ahead of him to a statistic. He was an athlete, a soccer coach, a people pleaser, a brother, a son. He had a girlfriend, and he loved to make people laugh. … Continue reading The lunacy of a nation: Reflections on gun violence in the U.S.
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
Originally published on Sojourners' God's Politics blog. Millennials are the worst generation ever, a recent study by the Pew Research Center confirmed. The other generations already knew that, of course, but the study has given them new insights into what characterizes me and my fellow Millennials beyond “They freaking love Starbucks” and “They refuse to move … Continue reading Latest Sojo column: 7 Reasons God Just Might Be Psyched about the Millennial Generation
I wanted to share my latest column on Sojourners' God's Politics blog with you. It's on the topic of the ubiquitous Christian phrase, "Love the sinner; hate the sin," and why I hate it. You'll have to click over to the main site to read the whole thing. I hate the phrase, "Love the sinner; … Continue reading Let’s focus on just trying to ‘love the sinner’ for a while
More exciting news this week: Below is the first few paragraphs of a column I wrote for God's Politics — the leading blog of Sojourners, the country's top progressive Christian media outlet. As with my BioLogos essay, you'll have to click over to the main site to read the rest of it. What you won't … Continue reading ‘Creationist’: An imprecise and ever-evolving term
I have been a big fan and supporter of BioLogos, the pro-faith-and-science foundation established by noted geneticist Francis Collins, for years, so it is with great excitement that I share the news that the organization has published an essay I wrote on its website. Although many of its authors offer great insights into history, science … Continue reading My story on BioLogos: Reflections on the ‘Non-Negotiable’ God
I learned last week that the standard for what can qualify as a "source" in the newspaper these days has fallen even farther than I thought, when Google Alerts notified me that one of my own posts over at God of Evolution was quoted online by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. False humility aside, it was pretty … Continue reading Guess newspapers will quote anybody these days…