Who I am

I’m a journalist and author. You may know me from my years writing and editing at The Week, but now I’m the editorial director of ideas and books at Christianity Today and a fellow at Defense Priorities. I written extensively at Reason and The Daily Beast, and I’ve been widely published at outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, NBC, and Politico.

My first book is A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (FaithWords, 2018). My second book is Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community (Brazos Press, 2022). I have a master’s in Christian thought from Bethel Seminary, and I live in Pittsburgh with my husband, three kids, and guinea pigs.

What I’m doing here

This is a weekly newsletter touching on politics, religion, tech, family, rhetoric, and writing. Each issue is centered on one original essay but also includes updates on my work elsewhere, what I’ve been reading, and more. Every other post is paywalled, and only paid subscribers can comment on paid posts.

Paywalled posts also offer those rare online commodities: a modicum of privacy and assurance of a friendly hearing. So it’s there that I tend to share ideas I’m still developing and projects I’m still in the process of researching. As a writer, I like having a smaller space to explore these ideas before exposing them to the whole internet. That is to say: I’m hoping to hear from you.

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Smart commentary on complex issues from an author and journalist typically found talking politics, raising kids, and mixing drinks. Posts here weekly on religion, tech, family, rhetoric, and writing. Unsentimental & unconventional.


Author of "Untrustworthy" (2022) and "A Flexible Faith" (2018). Editorial director of ideas and books at Christianity Today, fellow at Defense Priorities, grad of Bethel Seminary.