Sunday morning, I woke up — as many of us did — to the news that 50 people had been killed, and 53 more people injured, in Orlando, Florida. It’s the most casualties in any mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooter is believed to have ties to Islamic extremism. The victims were at a Pulse, a gay nightclub. A religious … More Instead of Tithing at Church, I Donated to the Orlando Shooting & LGBT Causes
Like any good Protestant, I was raised to have a healthy suspicion of religious institutions. Think about it. My entire branch of Christianity started as a reactionary movement against a religious institution — the Roman Catholic church — that had developed practices we felt were deeply harmful and theologically flawed. So we protested what the … More Religious Institutions Really Bother Me
I thought I was done with this. This feeling of being consumed with doubt. Of questioning everything I thought I knew about God and how God saves us. I thought I’d beaten it — that I’d fought hard and won. I thought I’d conquered the fear that it shackles me with. I thought doubt was … More Christians, Can We Please Talk About Doubt?
Female pastors have always been my heroes. In the five years I’ve attended my church, we’ve always had at least two women on our pastoral teaching staff. It’s one of the main things that drew me to my church. And the opportunity to talk with, learn from, and witness the ministry of these wise, caring, educated, gifted … More Women in Church Leadership
Every week, people at my work can gather for at least three different types of worship and prayer events, including Communion. We’re in a Christian workplace, and having opportunities to get together — to worship God, to read liturgy together, to sing a praise song, or to pray for each other — no matter what branch … More I’m Not “Christian” Enough — And God Doesn’t Need Me to Be
A quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on cheap grace has really stuck with me this week. Christians talk so much about grace — the undeserved forgiveness God gives us. This completely unearned love is one of God’s most beautiful gifts. Lately, I’ve been trying to act more like Jesus did, working to discover what his radical, counter-cultural, and life-transforming … More Cheap Grace
Do you ever have moments when you notice God trying to get your attention? Not “GOD IS SPEAKING TO ME” in a tangible, audible way. I’ve always found that idea a little misleading. For me, it’s been when my self-focused life is interrupted by a feeling. A presence. Where I’m suddenly hit with a reminder that the world doesn’t revolve around me. … More When God Gets Your Attention with Curly Fries