I saw my pastor wearing purple Chucks … so I bought purple Chucks. My pastor’s name is Renée. Her church has been a huge part of my life for nine years, and its incredible community is one of the things I’ve missed most moving away for seminary. Renée was the first woman I saw preach regularly … More I Saw My Pastor Wearing Purple Chucks…
Shortly after his wife’s death, well-known Christian author C.S. Lewis wrote: “My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered from time to time. God shatters it. Could we not almost say that this shattering is one of the marks of God’s presence?” Growing up Protestant and Evangelical, I wasn’t … More Being Shattered These 4 Ways Saved My Christian Faith
Before I left Seattle to move across the country for a Master of Divinity program, I met with about a dozen Christians whose faith and leadership I’ve come to respect over the years. Their insights have been immensely helpful so far, and highlighted a lot of concepts I think academia – especially dominant culture academia … More But … What About the Gospel?
Before starting seminary, I ate lunch with nine Christian leaders whose lives and ministry I deeply respect. We met all around Seattle, up in Bellingham, over cups of locally-roasted coffee, bowls of ramen, glasses of wine, Texas BBQ – and they shared many different perspectives, from a wide variety of areas of expertise. One friend, a recent … More Diverse & Representative Leadership is Crucial for the Church’s Future
Dear God, Thank you for this season of life, and for all the ways you are working to help me live more like you did when you were on earth. Help me to see the ways I am causing or allowing harm in our world’s many broken systems. Save me from asphyxiating on my sense … More A Prayer Against Perceived Innocence and Narcissism
In the time of the prophet Amos, Israel — God’s chosen nation — thought it was doing a pretty good job following God. The Israelites worshipped God in their holy cities, offered sacrifices, and had great worship music. They celebrated all the religious holidays. They were solemn and devout during religious services. So when God … More Amos 5: Convicting an Unjust Society that Thinks it’s Following God Pretty Freaking Well
Just over a month ago, I moved across the country to begin a Master of Divinity program. Going to seminary — studying theology — is something I’ve dreamed about for years, but it was way too expensive. So always felt like a silly, impractical dream. I never gave it much thought. I’m floored to have … More I Started a Master of Divinity Last Month