Nathan Branson

An Ode to Sitting on the Back Row

On Being Slightly Anxious at Church

The church I attend is a repurposed warehouse. While a majority of the light in the church comes from the lighting on the stage where the band plays worship songs (guitar, bass, drums and a singer), it is dark at the back of the church, which is what I like about One Harbor Church in Morehead City, NC. There are no pews at my church, but . . .

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October 05, 2021

Eating Three Meals a Day With Strangers in Massachusetts

Good Food and the Culture of L'Abri Fellowship

Should I own a house at 37 years old? Was it irresponsible to take off for 2 months to a Christian commune in Massachusetts instead of getting a side job to save up for a house? Isn't buying a house one of the central goals of your 30's?

These are some of the questions that made me hesitate about whether I should spend my . . .

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August 27, 2021

Is it Possible to Replace My Brother Who Died in 2007?

On the Gift of Friendship in the Grief Process

Those who are grieving the loss of a friend or family member will encounter many pieces of advice. “Everything happens for a reason.” “Time heals all wounds.” “Everybody grieves differently.” Many of these one-liners are tricky to navigate and often feel empty. At times these phrases may offer more confusion and complexity than comfort about . . .

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June 13, 2021

How To Stop Wasting Your Time on Youtube: Using a Blank Piece of Paper to Prioritize What You Want

What if I told you that Youtube can be a threat to personal agency? Personal agency is the ability to make a choice free from strong outside influences. It is the idea of my choices being aimed at benefiting my long-term good rather than distracted from my goals.

My brain is not always rational whenever I sit down to watch Youtube . . .

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May 27, 2021

An Ode to Swimming in the Surf at the Beach

How to Get Pummeled by the Waves

"Self-consciousness, however, does hinder the experience of the present. It is the instrument that unplugs all the rest." ----Annie Dillard

There are people sitting in beach chairs, looking out over the waves, along the long and expansive horizon. The clouds tower above the horizon appearing as giant mountains. College guys . . .

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May 12, 2021

Three Christian Books to Read in 2021 That Are Heavy on the “How”

Yesterday I saw a church sign in the Appalachian Mountains that said “Choose Jesus in 2021.”

I would agree. It is best to decide to follow Jesus whether in the new year whether you are someone who has been a Christian for 20 years, 2 months or someone who does not believe God exists. To follow Christ is a daily decision to prioritize your . . .

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December 31, 2020

The Three Things I Gained from Majoring in Literature

I Made the Right Choice Switching from Biology to Literature

I transferred to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2003 with the intention of becoming a physical therapist. After spending my freshman year at the community college, I decided the best path to getting into graduate school to be a physical therapist would be entering my sophomore year as a biology major.

During my . . .

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October 19, 2020