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…

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…

What Does Christ Identify As?

What do you do in an unfortunate situation? What do you do when it seems God didn’t come through? Many think that when someone is going through an extremely difficult time God should just rush in and rescue them. In our experience, we must admit that he doesn’t usually work…

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.

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…

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…

Model Ts, the Modern Nuclear Family, and Megachurches

The emergence of the megachurch onto the American landscape in the 1980s, though seemingly novel at the time, has deep roots in the Protestant movement, beginning in the 16th century when Huguenot architect Jacques Perret envisioned and then constructed a large, multi-functional worship space. Then in the Revivalism of the 1700s,…

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