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
I’m home in Seattle after finishing my first semester of seminary. And now that I’m officially 1/6 of the way done with my Master of Divinity, I thought I’d take the time to summarize my past semester with some of the tweets that best summarize it. 9. 😬 WRITING THIS PAPER ON THE FILIOQUE IS … More 9 Tweets From My First Semester of Seminary
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to lead our Sunday morning time of prayer. I was given the opportunity to write whatever I wanted … and the process of putting together a prayer for our community ended up being one of the neatest writing experiences I’ve had in a long time. God, we … More A Prayer For a Broken and Beautiful World
I’ve known about C.S. Lewis since I was young. Growing up, my mom read us The Chronicles of Narnia before bed. One of the most unique things about C.S. Lewis is that pretty much all Christians — whether liberal or conservative; regardless of denomination — tend to like his writing. A British novelist and Oxford-educated … More 19 C.S. Lewis Quotes for When a Christ-Centered Life Is Too Obnoxiously Hard
As a lifelong Evangelical (who turned — gasp — progressive in college), I often bristle at certain words or phrases that tend to be overused in Christian circles. Do you ever notice how “blessed” can feel like cliche we mostly use in Instagram captions about our iced coffee? Or how a person’s assertion that “God called me … More “Called by God” – What Does That Really Mean?
Three years ago, I visited a space that made me feel very alienated as a Christian. (I’m fairly certain that sharing the exact details would be contrary to the point — and unhelpful — but, for context, it was one of a number of church or para-church spaces I’ve encountered over my life that share … More When Other Christians Make You Feel Alienated — How to Respond