Billy and Patty

By Jared St. Martin Brown Back when I lived in Arizona, I used to go on a lot of solitary hikes and camping trips. It was my way of taking full advantage of my time in the desert. It fit right in to the narrative I had already created for myself years ago. As a […]

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Parable of the Wedding Night

By Jared St. Martin Brown Every once in a while, I live through a parable. It was my best friend’s wedding night. Albani and I had the awkward and intimate honor of going ahead of the bride and groom to light candles around their apartment. We had to create that magic, romantic atmosphere, and then […]

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Grace- The One Thing About Christianity Christians Are Afraid to Believe

If you ask a Christian what he believes, he’ll say, “I believe in Jesus.”  Usually, that answer is an abbreviated version of “I believe that I am saved from condemnation by Jesus’s death and resurrection, and it’s through him that I have fellowship with my Creator, the LORD, who is commonly referred to as the Judeo-Christian God.”  Sure, […]

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I am an English teacher.  I love my job, so it comes up often in conversations with people I have just met.  Invariably, someone will say, “English teacher, eh?  Oh no.  I’ll try to watch my grammar around you.”  In those moments, I feel a pang in my heart, for there begins a quake of […]

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Historically Accurate

A P OTG PH TAK N SOM HER (a footnote to the “Fiction” discussion) Every once in a while, I hear a smug college student complain that a film wasn’t “historically accurate.”  Now, how in the world is any movie going to be historically accurate?  It can never be.  Such a criticism is pseudointellectual at […]

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All writing is fiction.  Even nonfiction.  Your diary, your blog, your high school history text, your newspaper, your genealogy, your insurance claim… all fiction.  Your obituary will be fiction.  I don’t mean to say that we lie.  We do tell the truth.  Some of us, in fact, go to great lengths to tell the truth.  […]

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