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Travis Mamone
About Travis Mamone
Travis Mamone is the co-host of the Something Beautiful podcast. His writing has appeared in several publications, including Relevant Magazine, The Upper Room, and the book Not Alone (Civitas Press, 2011). He currently lives in Easton, MD, and blogs at The Boy with the Thorn in His Side.
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  • 19 Jun 2012
    Dear American Church: We Need To Talk!
    Dear American Church, Hi, how are you? It’s been a while since we last talked. How’s Vacation Bible School coming along? This will be my first year volunteering, so I’m excited! Listen, uh, I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but we need to talk. It’s no secret that you’re...
    Archived in Faith Featured
  • 12 May 2012
    Queer and Beloved
    There’s a scene in the movie The Exorcist where the two priests talk about why the devil would choose to possess Linda Blair’s character out of all the other people in the world. Max Von Sydow’s character responds, “I think the point is to make us despair. To see ourselves...
    Archived in Featured Questions
  • 28 Apr 2012
    Seeing The Scars
    I think Thomas gets a bad rep. After all, he wasn’t in the room with the other disciples when the risen Christ appeared to them. He didn’t see the nail-scarred hands himself; neither did he stick his hand where Jesus was speared. All he had was the word of his...
    Archived in Featured Questions
  • 04 Apr 2012
    The Suffering God
    Just before Christmas in 2008, St. John’s Church in Broadbridge Heath, England took down its 10ft crucifix after numerous parishioners complained that it frightened children. The crucifix, created in the 1960s, shows an emaciated Jesus hanging on the cross with a look of horror and despair on His face. The...
    Archived in Featured Theology
  • 28 Mar 2012
    On Hoodies, Privilege, and Solidarity
    No doubt many have you noticed most of your Facebook friends posting pictures of themselves wearing hoodies. This is to show solidarity with the friends and family of Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old black teen who was shot by a neighborhood watchman. Although Martin was unarmed, several people–most famously Geraldo Rivera–commented...
  • 08 Feb 2012
    God the Father . . . and Mother?
    (UPDATE: As a way to clear up any controversy over using either “Him,” “Her,” or “It” for God, I’m just using the word God.) If you spend as much time on the Christian blogosphere as I do, chances are you probably got wind of John Piper’s recent comments about a...
  • 09 Jan 2012
    Praying for Death
    My friend Margaret Feinberg wrote a book a few years ago called The Sacred Echo about those moments in life when God’s trying to tell you something. But He doesn’t just say once; He repeats the same message over and over again. I guess that’s the only way He can...
    Archived in Spirituality
  • 19 Dec 2011
    Letting Faith Fill In The Gaps
    Anyone who knows me knows that when a particular subject interests me, I go out and read every single thing I can about that subject until it becomes an obsession and it is all I ever talk about. Yeah, I’m that nerdy! Lately the subject that has become my obsession...
    Archived in Spirituality
  • 12 Dec 2011
    Advent Meditation: Beating Swords Into Plowshares
    Last night as I was going through my iTunes library, I realized that most of my favorite Christmas songs have to do with peace on earth . . . specifically the lack of it. For starters, there’s of course John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” where Yoko Ono and...
    Archived in Spirituality
  • 03 Dec 2011
    Advent Meditation: Returning to Sister Winter
    Around this time every year, I feel strangely melancholy. Like Charlie Brown before me, I know I should be happy: Christmas is coming! And while I am glad I can finally listen to “A Very Special Christmas Vol. 1” over and over again, I still have this feeling of gloom....
    Archived in Spirituality
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