Published Pieces

BECAUSE I WANTED TO

Fathom Magazine

In the lobby of the Bay Gardens Hotel, they served complimentary coffee. The carpet in the lobby was plush and felt nice on bare feet. I noticed this mark of luxury right before I had the sudden and inexplicable impulse to dump one of these free cups of coffee onto a stranger’s head. The carpet was also red…

 

KNOCK KNOCK

Fathom Magazine

When I sit under a tree, I’m tempted to focus on only one of my five senses. I can feel the grass at my feet or the bark at my back, but hear nothing. Or I can look at the bank of the lake and spot turtles, but smell nothing. Today, I can only listen...

 
 

SURVIVING IRONMAN

FATHOM MAGAZINE

The line of athletes leading to the edge of the Ohio River stretched over two miles long. As I stood with my goggles in hand, the air full of the mixed smell of sunscreen and bananas, my watch showed that my heart rate was already well over one hundred. Apparently, the man standing next to me didn’t need to see my watch to notice my anxiety...

 

3 LEADERSHIP TRUTHS EVERY MILLENNIAL NEEDS TO KNOW

RELEVANT MAGAZINE

In a world polarized between hostility and indifference toward Christianity, the future of the Big “C” Church rests on the shoulders of this generation. This is something we can’t do on our own. Millennial Christians owe it to the Church to learn to lead the body of Christ in the 21st century. These lessons aren’t always easy, but neither is leading a generation to change the world. Take it from Dale Wallace...

The Reality of the storm

Fathom Magazine

It happened faster than we thought it would. I mean, I guess that’s how these things work. You hear the weatherman talking about how bad the forecast looks, you pack a bag just in case, but...I don’t know…

 

I LIKE LIKE YOU

Fathom Magazine

She’s beautiful. There’s no getting around it.

 

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

UNIVERSITY LAUNDRY BLOG

Travel is a hobby for the rich, a necessity for many the worker, and an opportunity for the single. Today, I’d like to suggest that the road to romance looks a lot like, well, a road...

 

MAKE ME LAUGH

FATHOM MAGAZINE

When they posted the list of comics performing that night, I found my name next to the number seven. “Perfect,” I thought, “God’s holy number..."

Ticonderoga No. 2

Fathom Magazine

The guy who sat next to me in my high school French class was one year older than me. I don’t know why, but at the time that made him really cool. I can’t even make a guess at his name, but I can picture exactly where we both sat in that classroom...

 

NUMB TO THE NEWS

FATHOM MAGAZINE

When I first read about the bombing at Manchester, I wasn’t shocked. I don’t know if that’s an acceptable thing to say, but it’s the truth. I mourn for the families affected by such a tragedy, yes, and I grieve for the loss of life, of course. But I no longer have the emotional capacity to register shock at such events. The surprise factor no longer exists in my mind...

 

BEAUTY IN THE BEAST

FATHOM MAGAZINE

A review of the film

 

THE PRAYER THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR CHANCE THE RAPPER

RELEVANT MAGAZINE

The 23-year-old Chicago native began his career by recording his first aptly-named mixtape 10 Day, during a ten-day suspension from high school. With the mild success garnered from this effort, he went on to release Acid Rap, a mixtape showcasing his broader musical talent. The release of his third mixtape, Coloring Book, finally established Chance as a member of the popular music scene...