My Precious

I love my daughter unconditionally. She is only five and sometimes she can be frustrating and annoying and stubborn and, well, you probably get the picture. Still, she’s 100% awesome all the time.

[REPOST] My Emancipation From American Christianity

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:
I used to think that it was just me, that it was my problem, my deficiency, my moral defect. It had to be. All those times when I felt like an outsider in this American Jesus thing; the ever-more frequent moments when my throat constricted and my heart raced and my stomach turned.…

My thoughts on Banned Books Week (circa 2009)

Here is an essay I wrote for a college composition class in 2009.  I still feel this way. ============================= They are part of America: Why library censorship should be prevented. By Daniel Max, 03/19/2009 Whether it is reading about history, checking out a classic by Mark Twain, or doing research for a school assignment, the…

Lemons (Writing 101)

The 5th Writing 101 assignment was titled “Let social media inspire you” so I went looking for something inspiring and ended up realizing I left out something from my previous post “Why I Write” When life hands you lemons, share your story. It may remind others with lemons that they are not alone, and give…

A story in a single image (Writing 101 Assignment)

The fourth assignment for the Writing 101 Blogging University class is to write something inspired by a picture.  They had four pictures on the assignment page but none of them really made me think of anything.  So I went to the page they suggested for finding pics (Unsplash) and found this: While I have never…

[REPOST] If You Stick Around (A Letter To Suicidal Teens)

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:
Dear Hurting Teenager, I know you want to leave. I know the horrible, endless walks through the hallways that you endure every morning, near vomiting. I know the afternoon bus rides to Hell where you sit frozen with fear, praying to just become invisible. I know the locker room beat-downs and…

One-word inspiration: Treasure (Writing 101 assignment)

For the third Writing 101 assignment I’m supposed to take a word from a list of words and write about it.  The words in the list were: TREASURE, REGRET, HOME, LOVE, UNCERTAINTY, and SECRET.  I chose treasure.  The reason I chose that word was because I felt the way I thought of that word may…

[REPOST] In Light of Recent Events

Originally posted on JimsBlog:
This is the text of the sermon I preached on Sunday, June 28, setting aside my summer sermon series to address a number of recent events in our nation.  I publish it here by request: On Thursday Christy and I drove from Richmond, Virginia, to Niagara Falls, Ontario, which means that…

[REPOST] Is Nana Really Burning In Hell Right Now?

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:
Today we remember Nana. Nana was a sweet lady. She adored her grandkids, loved hosting big family gatherings on Sunday afternoons, and always looked forward to her Tuesday mornings preparing breakfast for the residents at the Rescue Mission. She was a devoted wife of 48 years, a cherished friend, and a kind presence in the world.…