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Why I Turned My Drug-Dealing Childhood Into a Podcast About Poverty and Faith

Why I Turned My Drug-Dealing Childhood Into a Podcast About Poverty and Faith

I have lived a shiny, well-edited veneer of faith. It was time to come clean. Why did I create the Breaking Good podcast? To hold space for myself and others to live an authentically messy–and faithful–life.   “This ordained Baptist minister strips away the polished, wholesome façade to 

This Small Town has a Brighter Future,  Thanks to Grants and a WWII Hometown Hero

This Small Town has a Brighter Future, Thanks to Grants and a WWII Hometown Hero

From Mark Bennett, Tribune-Star: Even as the pandemic has strained already-worn small towns, there is a brighter future for Dana, Indiana, thanks to generous grants and the return of the annual festival honoring its hometown hero, Ernie Pyle. Read the full piece here.

Why Strong Women Stand Up for All Women

My latest interview with Dr. C. Welton Gaddy of State of Belief radio on the theology of gender roles, complementarianism, and where Christian celebrity Beth Moore falls shorts in her “ministry” to women. Listen here.

An Open Letter to Beth Moore

Why Beth Moore’s recent apology for complementarianism reeks of complementarianism.

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.