Confessions of a DJ, or In Defense of the Wedding Dancefloor

By the time I inevitably sweep up the confetti mess from the dance floor on December 30th, I'll have DJed twenty-five weddings in 2016 through my little DJ company - including my own. I've been DJing weddings for four years, and during that time I've attended barn weddings, tent weddings, church weddings, house weddings, and…

Conscientious Objection: Why I’m Reluctant to Vote

I can’t be alone. I’m watching the same news reports, interviews, debates and conventions and thinking, “Are you kidding me?” And then I sit in a church pew or scroll through my Facebook newsfeed, looking toward the people whom I respect and raised me and I think, “What is going on here?” It feels as…

Bleed, America: The Decline of Empathatic Discourse and How to Reverse It

On Thursday, July 7th, two very different - but interconnected - events occurred and much of the United States had not only a front row seat to the carnage, but also an opinion. Straddled by two police officers, I watched four bullets punch into Alton Sterling’s chest. In the unflinchingly graphic cellphone video, he twitched…

The Christian, the Refugee, ISIS, and Fear

On Monday, November 16, 2015 a number of states – all of them conservative “red states” – said they would no longer accept Syrian refugees. A short update on current events: The current Syrian civil war has killed more 220,000 people and displaced over 11 million people. More than 2,600 people have died at sea…