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Christianity and the Modern Girl

Christianity and the Modern Girl

Warning: It’s not a pretty picture. I’m worried about Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She seems to have no moral center. Sanders has been the White House’s water carrier for the president’s cruel and misogynistic attacks on women. It makes sense to turn to her. Can you imagine Sean Spicer trying to defend the latest round of tweets? I fear he’d implode before speaking. Sanders is in every way cooler, calmer, and better at taking fire from the press. But why on earth…

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Yes, We Have No Banana Pudding

Yes, We Have No Banana Pudding

I just returned from a month in Mississippi, the state were I was born and lived until I moved away at age 21. It was a deep immersion into a culture that influences me every day. The South drives my writing and changes the way I think about things. Mississippi shows up in my food preferences and my speech patterns. I suspect that will be true for as long as I live. But my post-Mississippi life has a strong influence too. For…

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Oh, Mississippi!

Oh, Mississippi!

As some of you know, I’m in Mississippi for a few weeks while my mother recovers from knee surgery. I haven’t spent such a long stretch of time here since I moved away at the age of 21. I love my life in Denver, but there is a reason I continue to write stories set in Mississippi. No other place provides such interesting material. Here are just a few interesting things I’ve discovered or re-discovered in the past couple of…

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Southern Dispatch: Searching for Enoch on Mississippi Roads

Southern Dispatch: Searching for Enoch on Mississippi Roads

I am spending a few weeks in Mississippi while my mother recovers from knee surgery. In true Tyson fashion, she is doing great and she needs me less than I imagined she would. I drive her to physical therapy every day. I cook, and sometimes my aunt joins us for dinner. I feed the cats and take out the trash. I remind her to take her medication. It’s all pretty ordinary, although in Mississippi nothing is ever dull. My Sunday…

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Render Unto Caesar: Why Churches Should Pay Taxes

Render Unto Caesar: Why Churches Should Pay Taxes

This week our new president promised to lift the Johnson Amendment, the rule that prohibits religious leaders from endorsing or campaigning against political candidates. This new administration believes pastors and priests should be able to throw their support—publicly—behind political candidates. On this, you may be surprised to know, I wholeheartedly agree. If corporate CEOs and celebrities can endorse a political candidate, I see no reason a religious leader shouldn’t do so. Freedom of speech extends to us all and religious leaders must…

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WWJD? Don’t Ask the Christians

WWJD? Don’t Ask the Christians

I learned to spot hypocrisy at an early age. As a teenager, I was a member of the Baptist church youth group. Our group was led by a twenty-something woman who also happened to be the leader of my school dance team for a time. I loved dancing. I loved movies about dancing. Footloose was my favorite, though I also loved Grease and would later become obsessed with Dirty Dancing and Flashdance and Fame. I was even smitten with the Helen Hunt/Sarah…

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