Essays
CTJ's InTouch Series: "Wholly Scripture: Confessions of a Wayfaring Reader"

CTJ’s InTouch Series: “Wholly Scripture: Confessions of a Wayfaring Reader”

In 2015, I decided to read the Bible from cover to cover for the first time. I did so believing I’d probably read most of the text over the course of my life in piecemeal form via personal devotionals, sermons, and Sunday school lessons. To my surprise, I discovered quite a few things in scripture that...
Read CTJ/Saint Upid's Writings

Read CTJ/Saint Upid’s Writings

My Honorable Mention Essay in Belle and Sebastian’s “Write about Love” Contest chadthomasjohnston.com, January 12, 2011   The Star-Lassoer: An Interview with V2/Bella Union Artist Stephanie Dosen chadthomasjohnston.com, February 13, 2011   Music Review: Rubblebucket “Omega La La” Somewhere Over the Audio Rainbow, Prime Parents Club, July 8, 2011   Music Review: SPIN Magazine’s “Newermind: A...
"To Build a Throne": My Essay on James Hampton

“To Build a Throne”: My Essay on James Hampton

Read my latest piece, “To Build a Throne” (In Touch Magazine), which reflects on the work of African-American janitor James Hampton, who secretly built a 177-piece collection of throne-room furnishings for the return of Christ before his death in 1964. Photos courtesy of the Smithsonian. Excerpt: “If God chose to enter the world in the...
Original Christmas Card #12 + “Three Christmas Trees” Essay by Elizabeth Kanost

Original Christmas Card #12 + “Three Christmas Trees” Essay by Elizabeth Kanost

My friend Elizabeth wrote three short essays about Christmas trees, and I really enjoyed reading them.  I asked her if I might post them on my blog and she consented.  That being said, enjoy today’s guest contribution from fellow Kansan Elizabeth Kanost.  Heartfelt, homespun stuff for the holidays.  Sit down with a tall glass of...