The Power of Why

I’ve found, though, that when people dismiss the question “why” on matters of faith, it tends to limit the experience. Those “trust and obey” traditions feel empty and deficient and entirely unsatisfactory. When the “why” is encouraged, though – or at least tolerated – the expansive nature of God and faith becomes real; the power and potential of the divine in the world seems limitless and worthwhile.

From Condemnation To Compassion

Deciding to write a piece that mentions the word abortion about 20x has taken me through the gamut of deep breath-taking, some hand shaking and the willingness to expose my limits of expertise; while praying for discernment and courage, with levels of trepidation. It is likely the most polarizing issue in the…

That Your Fruit Should Abide: Love in the Hard Times

If you’ve been hanging around Misfits for a while, you’ve probably come across some discussion around the words “orthodoxy” and “orthopraxy”. In short, in the Christian conversation, orthodoxy is a question of correct belief, and orthopraxy is a question of correct behavior. The Christian life requires both. If our beliefs…

Living and Active Words

The printing press has had a remarkable impact on the way readers interact with and think about the Bible. We modern readers have become accustomed to encountering the Christian scriptures as a single, neatly bound volume capable of being reproduced millions of times without error or variability. The ease and…

Christianity and the Art Xenophobia

Only those who have the courage to suspend their discomfort long enough to self-reflect and disentangle their fear from the presence of their other, will see that there is a third way. We don’t always need to fight or run, we can also choose to embrace our discomfort and explore it. It takes a stronger, more mature individual to extend compassion and openness to our other, whom by the way, is just as uncomfortable with the experience as you.

Belonging

Where do you belong? Who do you belong to? What belongs to you? I wrestle with these words. As I ponder and wonder about true belonging, some thoughts come to mind that I believe have significance in sharing today. I don’t belong to anyone. I do belong to someone. I…

Heavenly Stuff

Look at what love the Father has given to us, so that we may be called—and are—children of God. Because of this the world does not know us, for it did not know Him. Beloved ones, [right] now we are children of God and it has not yet been made…

Heaven: not just a place we go, but a place we become

Before you keep scrolling and totally dismiss the following because you are not prepared to mentally handle the theological ravings of a 23 year old musing about the afterlife, you should know this post is more about spiritual practice and less about knowledge or competing ideas.  In my brief life…

Beautiful Awakening

Last night, I was looking at some of my old writings I’d kept deeply hidden in cloud files (assuming ‘clouds’ are private). Sometimes only a paragraph. Sometimes a full page. Sometimes I wrote and stopped in mid-sentence …. I can’t remember all those moments, per se, but I have memories…

Taking the Time to Grieve During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The following piece is copied from my personal blog… I woke up this morning feeling sad. It was a dark heavy blanket that settled in over me, it’s been floating down upon my soul for a few days now. What is it? Where is it coming from? Another week shut…

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