Category: My Real-Life Adventures

  • Becoming a New Christian :: 7 August, 2012

    I found this journal entry a couple days ago. Though I’m not as confident as I was then, I think much of the content is still pretty accurate. For context, this happened the summer after My 15 Minutes of Atheism, and the summer of Chick-fil-A-gate – that time when Christianity was looking particularly ugly. Dear…

  • My Fifteen Minutes of Atheism

    My Fifteen Minutes of Atheism

    I guess you’d call it the perfect storm. I had just read Love Wins. I wasn’t sure I believed it, so I did a lot of research. Like a lot of research. I spent a ton of time on Tentmaker.org. I had at least ten other bookmarks about Christian Universalism. I read “Justice” by George…

  • Dads with Shotguns

    Dads with Shotguns

    There’s a mythology surrounding dads and daughters that goes something like this: All boys are evil. They only want one thing. For this reason, all fathers must own shotguns (or firearms of some kind, but preferably shotguns) to protect their daughters against those evil boys who only want to get into their pants. In the…

  • When We Were On Fire

    Earlier this year, while I was going through my things and trying to decide what to keep and what to throw away, I came upon a note scrawled in my handwriting on a piece of paper. It said, “I give up the right to ever marry _________.” The blank was filled in, of course. The…

  • Free movie tickets!

    In which Kristen and I try to get free movie tickets in exchange for test driving a car. When Kristen and I opened our new credit union account, we noticed a coupon for two free movie tickets if you test drive a new car at any of the dealerships on a list. Now, Monsters University…

  • Buying a Couch

    I knew when I took out the trash this morning that today was going to be the day that we bought a couch. I could sense it. I just had no idea how difficult that would be. 2:11 I get a text from the guy who was selling it. Kristen and I had both agreed…

  • My Last Jumonville Summer

    My Last Jumonville Summer

    Thomas Edwards and I packed up the gear for the giant swing at Jumonville into my car and drove out from topside toward the cross. As we got there, we came upon Donna, one of the leaders for the group we’d been facilitating at the swing. She told us one of the most incredible stories…

  • Trust and Obedience Landed Me in Hell

    1996. My sister Maria and I had sold cold pop outside my parents’ home for forty-five cents a can for most of the summer to raise enough money for us to go to church camp, and there we were. It was at some point in the middle of the week. The whole camp had assembled and…

  • man

    This morning Ree left the office with a headache. She left me a list of things to buy at Lowe’s. So I asked Andrew to come with me, and we took a maintenance truck down to Lowe’s. It was a very manly truck. It was very dirty, filled with random tools (which were also dirty)…

  • Kristen & Dave, Chapter 1 – An Intro

    I love telling stories. I especially love telling true stories about love and such… but I’m not sure how to begin this one. I’m not sure how much backstory my readers will tolerate… but I’ll try to keep it entertaining. Some people say their fiction is personal; all stories are personal. Some say their stories…