Good Folks Club Album “Liner Notes”

Good Folks Club is an album of processing, not an album of clear understanding. Much has been shaken and sifted in my own faith journey over the past three years, and these three songs stem from that. At the same time, there is an arc to the story - from the angst of the title track to the more reflective “You Loved Me Before” to the joyful surrender of “Poor in Spirit,” the listener can trace the trajectory towards a healthier, more rooted-in-Christ place.

Seeking & Expectations

I've been looking for this folder for weeks. When I came to stay with my parents while recovering from surgery, I didn't bring much, and my room is pretty uncluttered. And yet this rather large folder has seemingly vanished. As I took another stab at looking for it again this morning, it occurred to me … Continue reading Seeking & Expectations

On Social Justice, Sparked by John MacArthur

This post began as a YouTube comment on a video from November 2, 2018, which I saw recently when it appeared on my newsfeed (embedded below). It morphed from just a response to this particular video into a more broad look at the concept of "social justice." https://youtu.be/UpYFVVEQHQ0 The conversation around social justice is complex, … Continue reading On Social Justice, Sparked by John MacArthur

Loving Often Looks a Lot Like Listening

I spent the summer of 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky, sharing a one-bedroom apartment with four other guys. We were there as interns with Love Thy Neighborhood, a non-profit that is doing some incredible things in that city. One of their key principles for living in community, especially the three-bunk-beds-in-one-small-room sort of community, was this: If … Continue reading Loving Often Looks a Lot Like Listening

I Didn’t Give You an “L”

Thursday night I was alternately gabbing and pre-grieving as I got ready to leave my parents' place and head back to Baltimore. I had been in Lancaster county for six weeks due to a set of very peculiar circumstances, which are unsurprisingly common during a pandemic, it seems. I was thankful for this unexpected time … Continue reading I Didn’t Give You an “L”

All America is Pro-Life Right Now

Our country, and our world, is in an unprecedented state of shutdown. Over 16 million Americans have lost their jobs, and it would not be surprising if that number continued to rise. Our educators are working extremely hard to transition to remote teaching, finding new ways to engage and teach their students. As a society, … Continue reading All America is Pro-Life Right Now

John Lennon Weighs in on COVID-19

When I found out schools were cancelled here in Maryland last week, I began thinking about how long this interruption would last. How long it would be until I got back to living my life? I imagine I am not the only person who pondered that question. Of course, though it was only one week … Continue reading John Lennon Weighs in on COVID-19

The Bubonic Plague and Our Fascination with the Ancient

Last week my sister sent a video to our family group chat of her playing "Ring Around the Rosie" with two of our niblings. I snarkily commented "And yet another generation learns about the bubonic plague...looks like fun!", in reply to which she sent a link to an article debunking this commonly-held metafolkloric belief concerning … Continue reading The Bubonic Plague and Our Fascination with the Ancient

Laziness in the Name of Sustainability: An Invitation to Self-Reflection

A couple of weeks ago I hosted my church community group for the first time. Perhaps overeager to be a good host due to my lack of experience, I kept puttering around, opening the door, taking coats, and making sure everyone had something to drink. About half an hour into the evening, one of my … Continue reading Laziness in the Name of Sustainability: An Invitation to Self-Reflection

On Broadway with No Script

Imagine going to see a show on Broadway for the first time. You're excited for a new experience, but nothing could prepare you for what's coming next. Upon arriving at the theatre, you find yourself suddenly thrust out onto the stage. Without the foggiest idea of what your character is supposed to do or say, … Continue reading On Broadway with No Script