My friend Stephanie who is a brilliant songwriter and musician was recently asked to write a song about the “essence of humanity” for a time capsule project. A tall order indeed so she posed the question to her Facebook friends.

My first thought was that “essence of humanity” sounds like…

The long-standing tension between religion and science is an unnecessary battle born of misunderstanding not truth. And like any war, there have been casualties on both sides.

Religious people have made themselves exponentially more vulnerable to misinformation and disinformation because they are taught to mistrust good sources of information and…

I am beginning to believe that the most destructive role a religious person or individual can play is that of gatekeeper. Perhaps determining who is “in” or “out” or “wrong” or “right” in the context of something divine should be the exclusive purview of the divine itself.

And if you…

I spent this morning at a memorial service for the 20 year old daughter of some very long time family friends. An accident while celebrating her birthday brought unexpected tragedy.

I am heartbroken. As a friend and parent of my own 20 year old, the loss itself is unimaginable. And…

Joshua Stump

I am a Dad, a husband, a son, a brother, a follower of Jesus, a lawyer, a songwriter, and just generally someone with a lot of strong opinions about stuff.

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