‘Christian,’ An Atheist-Anarchist from Athens

I met Christian in a refugee squat house in the Exarcheia neighborhood of Athens during a recent mission trip to Greece. When I introduced myself, he simply replied “Christian.” He had already expressed some skepticism toward us, so the moment was a bit tense. In that split second, I couldn’t tell if the word “Christian” … Continue reading ‘Christian,’ An Atheist-Anarchist from Athens

Jonathan goes to College: Loosening the grip without letting go

Last weekend brought a significant transition for my family. Kimberly and I helped our one and only child, Jonathan, move into his dorm at Mississippi State University to begin his freshman year of college. The day was awash with emotions. Some of the emotions were to be expected, others caught me entirely off guard. And … Continue reading Jonathan goes to College: Loosening the grip without letting go

Places in the Heart: Where Memories Reside

People develop strange attachments to places. Good memories, bad experiences, and people we love seem to get imprinted into places like “home,” “school,” and “church” in a way we can’t easily explain. Walking through these significant places can bring a flood of emotion. Places are much more than physical spaces but include our emotional attachments … Continue reading Places in the Heart: Where Memories Reside

Crime, Punishment, and Redemption

Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky closes his classic novel Crime and Punishment, with the imprisoned character, Raskolnikov, making the smallest turn toward God. A radical thinker-turned-murderer, Raskolnikov begins rejecting his past life and hopes to find a new life. He begins to believe. The story ends there, with Raskolnikov on the verge of transformation. Dostoevsky writes, … Continue reading Crime, Punishment, and Redemption