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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.

Faith, Anticipation and Expectation – When you don’t know how to pray or what to believe

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 1 comment

Faith, Anticipation and Expectation – When you don’t know how to pray or what to believe

We are a “Faith” generation. Many of us who surfed the wave of “Word-Faith” teaching that swept explosively through the Church in the 1980s and ’90s have since found our balance point in life. As with any fresh movement of the Spirit, there were excesses, misunderstandings, and actions out of spiritual immaturity unchecked by the wisdom and experience of older saints. But millions of believers around the world found a new vitality with God that had been absent so long in their traditional church upbringing. I was...

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When your faith is bigger than the Bible…

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 28 comments

When your faith is bigger than the Bible…

Living with uncertainty just may be the mark of a genuinely in-touch spiritual life. When your thoughts, your perspective of the God and the universe, go beyond the limits of what you’ve been taught, when you begin to think outside the lines, it can be a very scary thing. But it can also be a sign of profound growth. And you might be in touch with God in a way that you weren’t before. Something could be happening to you – and it could be a really, really good thing. I’ve noticed this a lot in the past decade or so. And mostly,...

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The (Female) Jesus I Saw this Sunday

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in God-Walk | 0 comments

The (Female) Jesus I Saw this Sunday

Palm Sunday was a few days ago, the first day of the most powerful and important week in the church year. In liturgical traditions, the service opens with joyful singing and the waving of palms, and progresses into a reading of the Passion. The account in Mark’s gospel begins with a woman from Bethany lavishing Jesus with love and costly nard, but then it takes an ugly turn to Judas’ betrayal, the disciples falling asleep in the garden, Peter’s denial, and finally humiliation, brutality, and death. The scenes are intense,...

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Learning about God from Non-Christian Lesbian Moms

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in God-Walk | 0 comments

Learning about God from Non-Christian Lesbian Moms

At three-and-a-half years old, Maya* is an absolute delight. Wearing polka dot rain boots, she splashes in parking lot puddles, her ringlets bouncing, and a smile of sheer joy spreads across her face. Before the day’s end I am in awe of her thoughtfulness, creativity, logic, and imagination. “Good job!” I tell her almost continuously, sometimes from a place of true amazement but other times simply out of habit. On the third day of my visit, one of Maya’s moms teases me, “G-o-o-d j-o-b,” she says, spelling out the phrase like she does for...

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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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