My wife Rebecca always does an incredible job curating the most thoughtful gifts, all of the way down to the card. However, as I am nearing my thirties, I have found that I much prefer experiences over physical gifts. She began to understand this and on my 28th birthday she provided the most meaningful experience … Continue reading God Isn’t in Control.
I remember where I was sitting, what I was feeling, and who was on my mind the evening of November 8, 2016. Rebecca looked at me with terror as the reality of a Trump victory creeped closer and closer with every swing state declaration. “Thomas, what is going to happen?” My eyes welled up with … Continue reading Making America Fear Again
During a period of my life, I was away from church for two years. A full year of this time belonged to deep reflection and atheism. I came to grips with the fact that the god I thought I worshiped was not the one I wanted to be ruling over me. I had spent the … Continue reading Leaving the Past: My Faith Journey
For too long, I lived serving a false god who hates, bars and favors. This god put borders over people, waged war against my neighbor, blessed some with the clothing sewn by slaves, provided food to some while others starved. A belief in such a god was like believing in Santa Clause. Santa seems to … Continue reading God is Dead. Follow Jesus.
When I started this essay Rebecca and I were accepting the fact that our first pregnancy may end in a miscarriage. By the time it was completed, we had received word that we were no longer pregnant with our first child. Two weeks prior, on a Friday, we were meeting with Rebecca’s doctor and were … Continue reading Stop telling me it is “All in God’s Plan.”
My coffee is hand grounded fresh every time I drink it at home. This might not be the most efficient way to grind coffee, but the practice has become a helpful experience to the start of my day for a few reasons. It keep my mornings from being rushed: Every morning I wake up between … Continue reading Why I Hand Grind My Coffee
Recommended starting with Lent: More Than Fasting Consider Adding Something during your 40 days of letting go. The primary focus of Lent is often subtraction, but I believe that we can have an even more meaningful experience by adding practices or habits to help shape us and reflect during the period. Have you decided to give anything … Continue reading 40 Days of Addition