Stressed

Up and down my back, my spine, in my brain It injures me, babe… Anger, can make you old, yes it can I said anger, can make you sick, children… oh Jesus Anger destroys your soul Rage, there’s no room for rage in there MARVIN GAYE ANGER With the office on…

Origen And The Uncontrolling Love of​ God

The Essential Goodness of God If you’ve been reading my posts for awhile you might know that I ascribe to a theology that generally goes by three different terms. Essential Kenosis is the fancy technical term I use when I want to sound smart. God Can’t theology is the provocative…

Will the American Church Survive the Presidential Elections?

I am not American. Not in any way or form. I am, however, Evangelical. Our churches in Lebanon have organic connections to the church in the US. I also happen to live in a place where the US is actively involved, for good or bad. So as an invested outsider,…

Overwhelmed

“How did it go?” he asked, not looking up. His face was half hidden leaning on his hand as he studied the screen. The luminescence seemed to give his hair and forehead a pallid glow. You are the God who sees My deepest hurt My every need HOLLAND DAVIS, YOU ARE…

8 Principles​ Of How Not To Be A Jaded Former Fundamentalist/Evangelical

Getting Out Of A Jaded Rut Over the years of my own journey out of the Fundamentalist and Evangelical, and ultimately the Protestant traditions, I have struggled to not become jaded. Or said more accurately I have struggled to not remain jaded. I for sure have been jaded and still…

Grief

One tear in the dropping rain One voice in a sea of pain Could the maker of the stars                Hear the sound of my breaking heart             TENTH AVENUE NORTH HOLD MY HEART She woke up puffy-eyed. Putting a hand to her face, she tentatively touched…

The Theology of Convenience (Part 2)

One of the most uncomfortable conversations of my life took place in a dentist’s chair. (Yes, yes, I know…) My dentist was a woman in her early 30s. I was already be-bibbed, X-rayed, and reclined to a nauseating angle when she suddenly shooed all the assistants and hygienists out and…

Numb

We are starting a new series for Saturday morning, a devotional series that we hope eventually to develop into a book. “We” are my three adult children and I–Natasha, Mari, and Julia, and me, Joanne. Please let us know how this series strikes you, as we very much want it…

Love in the Hard Times: That Which Gives Pleasure

Hello, friends! It has been a while (over two months, in fact) since I’ve shared a blog, and, trust me, that hasn’t been for lack of trying. I have spent the last two months daily trying to figure out what the heck to share with you all. I felt a…

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