I love musicals. I have loved them since I was in high school. I get that musicals are cheesy, I get that their plot lines can be a little bit ridiculous. But I love them. For better or worse, some of my favorite forms of entertainment are cheesy, ridiculous, and ever so slightly over the … More A Theology of HAIRSPRAY
Sometimes people die. Unexpectedly. Sometimes everybody keeps getting cancer. Sometimes fear and hate are winning in our whole world. And working hard doesn’t guarantee progress. Sometimes you’re exhausted. Tired of mourning. Tired of patience. Ready for peace. Ready for answers. And then God comes in and says, “Hey, remember that chain you’ve been bound by … More A God Who Heals
I’ve never really been a prayer walk type of person. I’m not spiritual enough. I mean, my faith matters to me. A ton. But I’ve never been one of those super-Christian who dedicates hours to walking around and praying. Like, who has the time … or the patience or the self-discipline … to actually do that? Maybe … More Prayer Walk: What It Feels Like to Encounter the Holy Spirit
A couple weekends ago, I went on a Celtic prayer retreat. A friend and I drove my little Mazda 3 up to an undeveloped camp site a few hours north of Seattle … and we spent the weekend camping with a group of people we’d never met. I’d never camped with strangers, and I’d never been on a prayer … More Prayer Retreat: Figuring Out Who I’m Going to Be
My life today went something like this: Me: Hi God. So I’m freaking out right now about some big theological issue with no clear answers. I’m feeling super confused, and I would love some clarity. Can you spell this one out for me in black and white? Please? God: Not now. This isn’t the time … More When God and I Aren’t On the Same Page
I’m distracted. Work has been busy lately. I’ve been too caught up to focus on faith. I don’t have time to think about ways to act more like Jesus. Or try — in earnest — to better understand God’s truth or how God is leading my life. It’s not that I’m trying to ignore God. Things are just really busy at work right … More When I’m Too Distracted For God — What’s the Solution?
The other day, an acquaintance I met at a Bible study shared on Facebook about her amazing experience visiting the Beverly Hills campus of her local church. This church is wildly popular. It’s a megachurch with multiple campuses in different cities, a flurry of celebrities in various locations, and its pastor is well known on social media. It’s … More Hip Megachurch Pa$tor Wears De$igner Jeans: Is It an I$$ue?