what you believe is inconsequential

As is so often is the case, Christian proselytizing and political colonization worked hand-in-hand to whitewash into submission almost two millennia of native culture. One of the more normal but not actually normal things that I remember doing as a kid was stressing about how many people I talked to about Jesus. The guy was…

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the requirements of chaos

There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead. A weird thing happens when you start reading a lot about the why of life in that you begin to lose track of the why in the everyday small moments of which this life is comprised.…

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everything is so much more important than you think

I’ve been getting a lot of text messages lately asking if I’m ok. It’s a funny thing to decide that other people should hear the thoughts that exist in your head. I didn’t ask anyone if I should do this, I just kind of started writing thinking that it would be cool to maybe one…

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the christian entertainment industry shouldn’t exist

The notion that an entertainer is ordained to save souls through their craft is a pedestal on which no man can remain, and one on which they probably weren’t fit to be placed to begin with. As a disclaimer, I spent a minute working in the Christian music industry. Additionally, I have many friends who…

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on stigma and staying afloat

I spent a handful of years as a touring musician. The extent to which I toured was minimal compared to the real ones that have committed to the lifestyle, but nonetheless I made a brief go at it. About halfway through my first tour of any real substance I realized that I hated almost everything…

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jesus didn’t want to be king

The idea that Jesus should be worshiped like a powerful monarch is tired and actually antithetical to everything that he was about. Human beings love having someone or something to worship. It is a way for us to find purpose, a reason to get up in the morning and make it through the day. If…

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idles live at le bataclan is everything that music should be

“Long live the open-minded and long live the moment.” There is no band more important right now than Bristol, UK punk band Idles. A perfect combination of hard work, punk rock ethos, and social awareness comprises the fabric of an act that seems to be only beginning their meteoric rise to rock and roll royalty.…

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the opportunistic faith of kanye west

It’s hard to be surprised by anything that the West/Kardashian empire does, but the full embrace of white evangelical Christianity is a little much, even for them. It’s probably proper of me to start by saying that I don’t love Kanye West. In fact, I don’t even like Kanye West. I have made several attempts…

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opinion: nuance matters

All of our disagreements are missing one thing- nuance. What if I were to tell you that I agree with 95% of the stuff you put on your various social media channels? The snarky quips, the political think pieces, the in-depth explanations of why Libertarianism is dystopian bullshit or whatever other really great points you…

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a lifelong obsession with ghosts

I have been haunted for a majority of my life. I’ve talked about it some, but I have mostly just learned to live with the understanding that there are things around me that I can’t understand or control. My first exposure to anything intentionally scary was at a sleepover in elementary school. My friend’s parents…

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