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Drop: Christian Century Essay Content Winner

I’m honored to have been selected as a Drop: Christian Century Essay contest winner. Read the full essay here. I was a toddler when I began working the assembly line in my father’s western Indiana drug trafficking business. We sorted and stuffed kilos into the fiberglass 

‘Breaking Good’ in Rural America

‘Breaking Good’ in Rural America

Two decades into the 21st century, J. Dana Trent believes that small town churches can collaborate and pool resources to tackle the growing problems rural children face when poverty, addictions and mental illness hit their homes.

How a Small Town’s Community Center Will Have a Big Impact

How a Small Town’s Community Center Will Have a Big Impact

Like other small-town communities, Dana in Vermillion County is trying keep the community vibrant after the loss of population and jobs.

Logging Off to Let the Light In

Logging Off to Let the Light In

“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” –Leonard Cohen, selected poems, 1956-1968 In three years, I’ve lost my Mom, transitioned to my full-time faculty dream job at Wake Tech, and published three books. Then 2020 hit. Like all of us, I’m 

How to Deal With the Ongoing Stress of 2020

How to Deal With the Ongoing Stress of 2020

From Victoria Wresilo, Spectrum News: Many people are experiencing ongoing stress and anxiety stemming from the election, rising numbers of COVID cases and deaths, as well as the impending holiday decisions. So what are the ways we can deal with the stress and anxiety in 

Blessed Are the Nones

Blessed Are the Nones

Enjoy my Collegeville Institute Q&A with Stina Kielsmeier-Cook, whose spiritual memoir Blessed Are the Nones: Mixed Faith Marriage and My Search for Spiritual Community was just published. Stina, who identifies as Christian, is married to Josh, who identifies as a “none.” But that wasn’t always the case.