Five years ago my niece Delaney was born. I started with the sentence, “Five years ago my niece Delaney was born.” Note the lack of caveats and clarifications in that sentence. Delaney has Down syndrome, but that fact is a footnote in the story of her birth, just as the chemical imbalance in my brain … Continue reading People with Down Syndrome Remind Us What We Should Truly Value
One year ago I was in the early design stages of Goodnight Server Room. Back then the project was just snippets of poetry and hastily drawn page outlines. Now it is real. It’s 6:40am. I’m standing in a parking lot just off of West River Road near downtown Minneapolis, unloading books from my car to … Continue reading I Couldn’t Find a Kid’s Book About My Coding Job – So I Wrote One
South High is not a religious sanctuary, though it certainly declares “your faith has value”. Its welcome is broader: You have value. This message is proclaimed again and again, hammered into the minds of scared-but-not-showing-it teenagers. You have value. It’s written on the welcome signs: All are Welcome Here.
The Church needs to be okay with questions of why. Discussing them will make The Church stronger, not weaker. If you are a church leader and you are not comfortable talking about the why of your beliefs, maybe you need to rethink your beliefs. If you are a Christian and your stomach knotted up while you read this (like mine would have a couple of years ago), take a deep breath.