“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)
*****There will be many SPOILERS about the film The Last Jedi. You have been warned.*** John Lennon once invited the world to imagine no religion. Inferring that behind all of the walls of religion we'd be living our lives in peace. It's an idea my mind often entertains. Only in my mid-twenties, I've spent nearly … Continue reading The Spiritual Awakening of The Last Jedi (Or “I’m one with the force. The force is with me.”) *And oh yeah Baby, there’s Spoilers.
It makes for a daily battle to be a person who is consciously paying attention. I'm not a violent person, far from it, but I've clinched my fist many times as of late. It's difficult to be burdened with care. Each morning feels like I'm walking out onto the fields of war without any armor … Continue reading When will this be brought down?
Whenever a headline breaks about a mass-killing I must admit, I become a bit unhinged. I become so deeply heartbroken at more loss of life and the reality that we still have done nothing to prevent or reduce these occurrences and it boils to a sort of rage. I read my social media, largely filled … Continue reading Our hope has been hijacked.
**This is an updated article I originally wrote after the Pulse Nightclub shootings. I've adjusted some of the language to more appropriately represent where I stand now. Citizens arm themselves not just to protect themselves, but because a day may come when their government may betray them. Political groups rally to let the government know … Continue reading Jesus, Weapons, & Oppressive Government. (One Christian view on Gun Control)
At about 2am last night I was passing through Memphis. About 14 minutes off my path was this sacred site. When I walked up, it was just me and the silence of the night. Such an awful, awful thing happened here 50 years ago this coming April. It's hard to stand here and not feel … Continue reading A late night memorial.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StdXBSxdP0I I'm not sure of your familiarity with John's Revelation that ends the New Testament. Often its clear and piercing message is hidden behind long sermons trying to define its strange and vibrant imagery of what many people have named "the end times." The day of a new heaven and new earth. The day that … Continue reading Pray with your feet: A series on Advocacy and Evangelizing. (Part three)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Lq_yasEgo (Video contains images that may not be suitable for younger viewers.) Aside from a trip to Africa, the first time I was truly conscious of the fact that I was a minority in a situation was sadly just over a year ago. I drove to a part of Austin, TX that I had never been before … Continue reading Pray with your feet: A series on Advocacy and Evangelizing. (Part two)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsziXdKfOsE For so much of my life I was taught the importance of evangelizing. I would be given opportunities at retreats to practice telling people the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This was the gospel after all. Christ tells us to go everywhere and share this gospel with everyone (all of … Continue reading Pray with your feet: A series on Advocacy and Evangelizing. (Part One)
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 They attacked my sanctuary and my ability to love. (A post on Charlottesville.)