confession

personal narratives

lemminggod

I Was A Teenage Lemming God

A harmless rodent with vast existential consequences.

CelebrateTheDeath

Celebrate the Death

Dust to dust, the stuff of us, before and after life.

evangelicalanxiety

Evangelical Anxiety

We did not do therapy. “Psychoheresy,” some called it.

Grace Period

Losing Our Selves, But Never Getting Lost

An excerpt from KtB e-book Grace Period: A Memoir In Pieces.

redemption_gates

On Redeeming Other People

…whether they want you to or not.

project_endurance

A Project of Patient Endurance

Running and the spiritual life.

Photo by Nathan Schneider.

Narrative of a Moneyless elf

Recounting the challenges and benefits of life in the commons, without currency or government documents.

serra

A Murderer and a Saint

Father Junipero Serra, the missions, and me.

Photo by John St John via Flickr

Out For Coffee

The sociable beverage becomes a grief ritual.

dead_baptism

Baptisms for the Dead

When is a choice not a choice?

fine_homebuilding

Fine Homebuilding

On fatherhood and belated grace.

faithenough

Faith Enough

Visions come at the worst possible time.

mothers_nc

Mother’s Day in North Carolina

An encounter between very different Baptists.

windyroad[Editor's note: you can read about Ashley's experience with biking as a "survivor" in the 2014 Closer to Free ride here. She has written more about cancer and her work with refugees here and in her KtB e-book <em>You Were Strangers: Dispatches From Exile</em>.]

Easter, A Bright Sadness

Death is a kind of light.

buddha_boundaries

The Buddha Loves Boundaries

Being in the moment doesn’t mean they can punch you in the face.

confessioncarnival

The Carnival of Confession

An ex-Jesuit asks: can this sacrament be liberated?

noperfectchurch

No Perfect Church

Loving our bitter failure.

Mabanckou_Alain

On Black Anti-Semitism

From the new memoir Letter To Jimmy (Soft Skull Press), translated from the French by Sara Meli Ansari.