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An Open Letter to My Christian Brothers and Sisters

Tweet Comments will not be open on this post. This is so that you are free to read and absorb the words rather than read while formulating a response. We’re far better at listening when we’re not preparing to reply. This post is about Jesus Christ, not Donald Trump. This morning I woke up to this: […]

The Danger of a Me Too Church

Tweet The other week a friend texted me a link to a video of Pastor Steven Furtick* running around the sanctuary of his church sharing, “ME, TOO!!!!” moments. I lose my temper…me, too!!! You wanted to cuss somebody out in traffic this week…me, too!!!! You’re NOT crazy! ME, TOO!!!!!!! I WANT THIS TO BE A “ME, […]

Transformation

Tweet When I was a kid, we had a random peach tree near the front of our very big backyard. It provided a boundary marker for kickball, a visual distraction from the beaten down garage behind it, and delicious fruit for pies made by my neighbor. Periodically my dad would decide that it needed pruning, and […]

Audacious Love: The Final Week of Advent

Tweet       Some of my earliest memories are rooted in the act of boldly loving all over another child. I distinctly remember feeling lovingly protective of my kindergarten classmate, Dia, even though we were both four years old. In first grade I learned that my friend Danny’s father had died when he was […]

An Open Letter to Everyone Under 18 Going to See The Force Awakens

Tweet Dear Youth of the Nation, Do you like that? I didn’t call you whippersnappers, shake my cane at you, or yell at you to get off my lawn. In a gesture of good faith, I’m willing to refer to you as youth. Let’s begin this conversation from a civilized place, shall we? This Thursday […]

Joy

Tweet Right at this moment there are two men in my kitchen, loudly working on my ceiling. There’s nothing quite like a gaping hole six feet away from the Christmas tree to put you in the holiday spirit! Later today the road in front of my house is going to be closed for a funeral procession. […]

Peace

Tweet       As I was scrolling through past Facebook memories this morning, I saw a graphic someone shared with me last year on this day: Anyone who has the word “rehearsal” written on various days of their calendar this month knows that the Christmas season is somewhat less than peaceful, but honestly, we […]

Hope

Tweet Not the scripture you were expecting to kick off the Advent season? Maybe you were hoping for something from Luke? A verse about a star? A shepherd or two? This year when I began to think about the season of hope, my mind immediately went to Jeremiah. For those of you somewhat familiar with this […]