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The Final Draft

Photograph by Hana Lehmann The Kairos Journal was meant to be a year-long endeavor to write about struggles that young Christians face. My co-bloggers and I are wrapping up now, but we’re obviously still questioning and struggling with all sorts of things. As proof, here’s my list of ideas that I didn’t get to write about […]

The Golden Hour: Faith in the Midst of Darkness

There’s a paradoxical hour each day when the definition and clarity of every object both animate and inanimate becomes muted and yet the color of the whole ether is intensified. There’s a dazzling warmth that permeates your field of vision and it seems almost as though the whole earth, after twelve-ish hours of daylight, is […]

on reconstellating space

(MoMA, New York, July 2016) I learned some teenage lingo hiking last week with ninth-graders in the Sierras: dab, harambe, bruh/cuh/fam. (“What if your teachers call each other bruh?” we inquired.) The college equivalent was perhaps “space”: my resident advisor once declaimed we were always deploying “space” for some idea-or-other. Storytelling and affinity groups necessitated space, […]

Dear Reader

First off, I want to say thank you for having taken the time to read snippets of my thoughts over the last year. There are too many things to read these days and too many things telling us what to do, think, and feel. Some of those resonate with us, but many don’t. I hope […]

You Have to Enjoy What You’re Doing in Order to Do Something Good

My friend Tricia, a veteran teacher, says she’s always nervous starting a new semester, and if you’re nervous you’re doing it right, because that means that you care. All the same, I knew she was trying to make me feel less nervous, and it didn’t really work.

Eight Misconceptions Concerning Christianity (from my vantage, at least)

I have found that people want those things which are near and dear to them to be well-understood and well-represented in public discourse. When people are talking about your favorite sports team, or travel location, or musical artist, you don’t care so much that they love that thing as much as you do—although certainly you […]

From sea to shining sea

I almost picked the line “for purple mountain majesties,” as a nod to my undergrad alma mater, but realized “from sea to shining sea” also neatly evokes my east-to-west coast transplant this summer (San Francisco-bound!). So there. Somewhere midway through college, I decided I didn’t want to live in the US post-graduation. It was definitely […]

Silence on Black Lives Matter

One of the communication tools my wife and I learned during our premarital counseling was to ask two questions to each other at the end of the day. What were you most satisfied with (in the context of the relationship)? What were you most dissatisfied with? With each question, we would follow up with how […]

Malaysia, ’tis of thee?

The words of the John Wesley’s New Year’s Eve service thrilled me—and struck me as a little unfair. Christ has many services to be done. Some are more easy and honorable, others are more difficult and disgraceful. Some are suitable to our inclinations and interests, others are contrary to both. In some we may please Christ […]

The Place Where Kindness Goes to Die

I’m skeptical of a Facebook post’s ability to enact real change in the world. Like, I don’t care how perfectly that Daily Beast article or that Jezebel article captures exactly what is wrong with the world (and, in rare cases, what should be done to fix it)—chances are anything that’s truly wrong with the world […]