Wearing a Mask as an Act of Love

I hate wearing masks. I really do. I wear glasses so, I have to continually pinch the bridge of my nose to keep my exhalation from fogging up my glasses, but I’ve been wearing a mask anytime I’ve been in a public space since February 22nd, without fail. I’ve slept…

Leaving the Ninety-nine

“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”Hosea 6:6 Jesus quotes this verse twice in the Gospel of Matthew. He brings it out first when criticized for eating with “tax collectors and sinners,” and again when criticized for his disciples eating raw grain…

The Justice of Jesus

As I sit here thinking over the events of the last several months the Corona Virus, the heartbreak of multiplied unjust murder of black people, the closing of schools (I am a college professor so the sudden shutdown and the possibility of schools not reopening in the Fall has been…

Bartimaeus

In order to really get what this passage is about, you’ll need to look in a mirror for a few minutes. First, before you look in the mirror (maybe have it behind you), hold your hands above and below your head until you can just see them with your peripheral vision.…

We’ll Take It From Here

The gospel isn’t yours anymore  You don’t get to mandate how it is shared  The pleas from the disadvantaged, the downtrodden, the despised; warned you, but you rejected their counsel  You have participated in the great mockery of the faith, letting go of your previous convictions — While the grifter…

The Faulty Evangelical Hermeneutics of ‘All Lives Matter’

Saying “All Lives Matter” is like hiding the gift of God away, afraid to invest it for fear of loss. It is a rejection of our scriptural mandate to believe (not just intellectually assent) that Jesus Christ is Lord.

My Racial Indifference (an apology)

I was so wrong to think and behave that way. It took this year and this season in my life, for me to realize I was indifferent to racism, yet I assumed I was adequately sympathetic and thoughtful. I am deeply regretful and so sorry for my insensitivity in walking out of the film. Yes, others did as well, but I can only speak for myself. I can assume some of the filmmakers and others in attendance were bothered by such a display of displeasure. I didn’t realize I was being cowardly and insensitive, while exercising my right to reject the remainder of the screening.

Sitting With Jesus

In 2014, my husband and I moved from the USA to Queensland, Australia, to join a fantastic group of Jesus-followers living out the Kingdom through a living room gathering and community connections. It was beautiful. It was formative. It embodied sitting with Jesus. While living in Aus, I got involved…

Seasoned With Salt

What did you want to be, growing up? What did your parents want you to be? Did you ever have a sense of destiny? What about childhood promises you made to yourself—when I grow up, I will always have a clean house, or I will never get hurt again, or…

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