Statements of Faith – Part 1: Beware the fires of Hell.

Part 1: Beware the fires of Hell.   When I was fifteen I experienced God in a physical way. Audibly, I heard a voice tell me that I am loved. Visually, I saw a constellation of a heart in the night sky. Physically, I was pushed to the ground. Emotionally, I cried and was afraid. … Continue reading Statements of Faith – Part 1: Beware the fires of Hell.

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Statements of Faith (Prologue)

(The following is the beginning of an essay, or maybe even a book, that I began working on several years ago. I'm far more comfortable now than I was then, but I keep the language here to illuminate what it felt like. The exhaustion, the fear, the despair of not belonging in my spiritual community. … Continue reading Statements of Faith (Prologue)

Repost: They attacked my sanctuary and my ability to love. (A post on Charlottesville.)

  The summer of my sophomore year in college I was in South Florida with some of my closest friends seeing the Dave Matthews Band. We were all high on the power of two amazing nights of performances by what any of us would have said was the greatest band on the planet. It was … Continue reading Repost: They attacked my sanctuary and my ability to love. (A post on Charlottesville.)

The Destination of Tension. (A post on #churchtoo)

“Churches should be the most honest place in town, not the happiest place in town.”-Walter Bruggemann   Over the years I've had many people, come to me and confide in me things they did not feel comfortable confiding in their spiritual communities. They would share the honesty of their doubts or spiritual disagreements that would … Continue reading The Destination of Tension. (A post on #churchtoo)