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When God called Abraham, he just said: “Just go, and I’ll show you as we go.”  Our life with God is just like that. A day to day walk. No rules. Just relationship.

Self-denial is not about denying who we are. It’s about following Divine Love.

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Featured, God-Walk | 1 comment

Self-denial is not about denying who we are. It’s about following Divine Love.

Hang out for three days with 1,300 people like yourself, and—if you’re a writer, at least—it’s interesting to hear what words keep coming up. Over the long weekend at January’s Gay Christian Network conference, I shared a meal with companions from several of my worlds: trans/nonbinary people, Episcopalians, bridge builders across hot-button divides. I took part in a workshop where we applauded as participants acted out stories of their gender journeys. All the people I met seemed genuinely glad to see one another. And the words kept...

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Your Idea of Sin Sucks

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk, Rethinking What We Believe | 27 comments

Your Idea of Sin Sucks

I was hoping to visit a new church this past Sunday, and looked up an old church I use to attend when I first moved to the city several years ago. I was really disappointed to see that the founding pastor had left and that the church seemed to have gone in a different direction. I decided to browse through their website to try to get a feel for what the church was like now. The new pastor had a little welcome video, so I watched that. The guy is old school Baptist and used to teach at a prestigious — well, at least a well-respected,...

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“Go and Sin No More”? You don’t get to say that. Ever.

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 5 comments

“Go and Sin No More”? You don’t get to say that. Ever.

We hear it all the time. We can argue the grace and forgiveness of Jesus till the cows come home, how he forgave the woman caught in adultery. “Neither do I condemn you.” “See how gracious Jesus is?” we say. And then some smart Christian inevitably comes back with, “Yeah, but he also said, ‘Go and sin no more.'” And there goes the image of a gracious Jesus out the window. Like a political ad for local politician: “Jesus: not soft on crime, not soft on sin.” Might as well just go back to...

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Christian Perfection?

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 23 comments

Christian Perfection?

Holiness can sometimes look more like something out of “50 Shades of Grey” than something that came out of church.   Okay. That did it. I was chewing on an idea for a post, feeling like I needed to write it “for the good of all humanity” (ego much?), and then got distracted by this latest tidbit on Facebook:  “It is therefore settled, by authority, that holiness or Christian perfection is the central idea of Christianity” (Bishop Jesse T. Peck (1811-1883).  I’ve made a half-hearted New Year’s...

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Fear & Evolving Faith

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Featured, God-Walk | 1 comment

Fear & Evolving Faith

Throughout my entire faith journey with all of its up’s and down’s I have tried to remain rooted in a community of faith. I believe that humans, created in the image of the Triune God who is, fundamentally and eternally, a relationship, have an intrinsic need for community. It is our deepest longing- to be united with God and with one another. And it is when we separate from community and embrace isolation that we begin to devolve spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Because of this belief, I have always made a point to remain...

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Dear Susan: How Can I Unconditionally Love My Gay Son?

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in FreedHearts, God-Walk | 0 comments

Dear Susan: How Can I Unconditionally Love My Gay Son?

Why is it so hard for many Christian parents to unconditionally love their LGBTQ child? What is the source of the confusion and struggle? I look forward to answering a question I have heard from so many parents: How can I unconditionally love my gay child? I write Dear Susan posts every Friday. Sometimes they will be poignant, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes tender, sometimes funny… but hopefully always worth the read.  🙂 Dear Susan, Q am a Christian mom, and my youngest son came out to me last year…after trying to convince...

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“Be Perfect!” – It’s Not What You Think

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in FreedHearts, God-Walk | 0 comments

“Be Perfect!” – It’s Not What You Think

 “You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.“ Uh, what!? Have you heard that? Had it thrown in your face? What in the world does it mean?? Who can be perfect? And is that a reasonable goal? No, it’s not. And it’s not what you think the verse means. “Perfect” in the original biblical language means “whole, complete, fully matured, ripe, lacking nothing.” When you love your enemies (settle down about those you dislike or disapprove of, give them room to be), then you are...

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Dear Susan: Doesn’t God Tell Us To Judge Each Other?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in FreedHearts, God-Walk | 0 comments

Dear Susan: Doesn’t God Tell Us To Judge Each Other?

  Are we supposed to judge each other?  Doesn’t God tell us to do that? Another “hot button” topic for today’s “Dear Susan” – let’s do it.  : ) I write these every Friday. Sometimes they will be poignant, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes tender, sometimes funny… but hopefully always worth the read.  🙂 Dear Susan, Q With all love and respect I will be telling you this. You are portraying Jesus as a God of love. As a matter of fact He is, however that is only one side of the coin. He is...

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Shedding Religion to Embrace Life!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in FreedHearts, God-Walk | 0 comments

Shedding Religion to Embrace Life!

  “You have no obligation to defend your journey. There is no jury for you to answer to. Speak your truth with authenticity and conviction. Stop trying to accommodate people who don’t agree with you.” Loved this from Jim Palmer and thought you would, too. Memo to Shedders: As you deconstruct and shed your former “Christian” beliefs, you will likely be told that you are “New Age” or some other label, meant to cast a dark cloud over you and your journey. I was recently told that I “wandered...

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Dear Susan: How Does God Really Feel About Gays?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in FreedHearts, God-Walk | 0 comments

Dear Susan: How Does God Really Feel About Gays?

Nothing like kicking things off with an easy question… “How does God really feel about gays?” Have you heard of “Dear Abby”? Well, this is my very first “Dear Susan” post. Sometimes they will be poignant, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes tender, sometimes funny… but hopefully always worth the read.  🙂 Enjoy the very first “Dear Susan“…     Dear Susan: Q Is this a joke? More importantly, is the bible given any regard in this article? I wonder how God really feels...

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