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Me and Papa: Thinking About God’s Feminine Side

Me and Papa: Thinking About God’s Feminine Side

May 22, 2014

Sometimes I refer to God as Papa, and if you’ve ever read William Paul Young’s The Shack then you already know what image this title brings to mind for me… I remember the first time I was chastised for not being “manly enough.” My grandma worked at a church-run daycare center in Covington, Kentucky, just across the river from...

Sabbath, Self-Care & Keeping Sane in Ministry

Sabbath, Self-Care & Keeping Sane in Ministry

Nov 13, 2012

One topic that comes up often for those of us in ministry, especially ministry in the grey space, is self-care. When working in areas of tension and even conflict, it’s difficult to not become burned out, cynical, disheartened, frustrated, and hurt. It’s challenging to know when to take a break, to give yourself a sabbath from being in the trenches, as well as...

Learning to Enjoy the Ride

Learning to Enjoy the Ride

Nov 12, 2012

Ihave always had a heart for God. However, it wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I began to understand the need to have a personal experience with Him. I was into every activity the Church of God had to offer. VBS, youth retreats and church camp. Oh, church camp! That is where I really “Got it”. The altar services were deep and life changing....

You’re Trying Too Hard

You’re Trying Too Hard

Nov 1, 2012

Why do we always try to make things so complicated? Life. Love. Faith. Our walk with God. Churchy terms like salvation and righteousness sometimes give us the impression that our day to day life requires special activity to achieve a harmonious existence: one where we’re living in reality in the here and now, at peace with our fellow human beings, and in...

Resetting Your Most Important Relationship

Resetting Your Most Important Relationship

Oct 22, 2012

Relationships are probably the single most important thing in life. And they’re impossible unless the people in them know themselves and each other. Kinda basic, right? Okay, now without getting all churchy and religious, the single most important relationship you’ll ever have in your life is between you and God — because it affects...

Politics in the Pulpit?

Politics in the Pulpit?

Oct 4, 2012

More crazy preachers on T.V. Why does that thought occur more and more frequently in my head?  Maybe the American election season has something to do with it.  And with Election Day looming closer every day, the impulse for preachers to push their people in one direction or another will likely only increase. I was kind of disheartened—shocked, actually—the...

Gender-Reassignment and the Image of God

Gender-Reassignment and the Image of God

Sep 20, 2012

Of all the issues members of the GLBTQ community deal with, discussing the topic of gender-reassignment and transgendered people can be one of the most difficult to navigate. Gender-reassignment surgery creates perhaps more psychological and theological discussions than any other issue in our community.  No matter how good we become at understanding and...

Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

Sep 16, 2012

A group of us were sitting around talking, waiting for the weekly men’s group to begin. I was new to the church, still getting a feel for the place, but the pastor’s approach to living out the faith intrigued me. It was an odd place, a challenging place, but there was something powerfully different here: all that old “churchiness” I’d become accustomed to...

Beating (Around) the Bush

Beating (Around) the Bush

Sep 13, 2012

How many college ministries are failing to hit the spot with college youth    When he asked me if he could lick my teeth, that’s when I knew the night was going downhill. I’d met Daniel the night before at a party. He was attractive in a “filthy gorgeous” kind of way, with dark caramel-colored skin, a fit body, and glasses. I hadn’t really noticed him...

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin?

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin?

Sep 12, 2012

I  doubt there is a Christian in America who hasn’t heard the almost credal aphorism, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” One can scarcely have a discussion regarding homosexuality with a non-affirming believer without hearing it. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear it was somewhere in the Bible. Just in case you’re unfamiliar with the saying, it refers to people’s...