I do think that as Christians, we are called to have a pulse on and a concern for culture. It is very apparent that there is a rise in mass murderers leading all of us Christian and non-Christian and those in-between to ask why? We want to name the thing so that we can confront … Continue reading Name it to confront it.(The Church, Culture, & Mass Shootings.)
Imagine writing something so confidently, so purposefully, so convinced you were helping, just to re-read it a few years later and feel ill to the stomach because you authored something you now find so offensive and upsetting and beyond that...harmful. Humans have a habit of changing over time. I realize this isn't profound by … Continue reading “Surely Not, Lord!” – The Unfolding Story of God
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior” -Oceans, Hillsong United Just because something may seem dangerous, doesn’t mean that … Continue reading Statements of Faith: Part 3 – Without Borders
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.
(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)
Many of us in Texas are heartbroken that one of the most caring, genuine, and noble people we've ever seen in politics won't be representing us and showing the nation what leadership could look like again. The man ran the best campaign I’ve ever witnessed. Worked harder than anyone I’ve ever witnessed. And heard from … Continue reading Election Night.
My final appeal before Election Day. Florida Voters, (and voters elsewhere) for the sake of the Republican Party and this Country, y’all really need to vote for someone that’s not in love with Trump. Please hear me on this: In these times policy is so important but so is the nature and integrity of what … Continue reading An Appeal before Election Day
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.)
“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.