Today I worshipped with the homeless. We were indoors because of the rain so the opportunity to speak with someone was readily available. It was also easier to listen in on other conversations and generally assess the people. This was not my first visit to worship with this group of people. Our church does this … Continue reading Seeing the Holy in the homeless
Sitting in church today, my Pastor invited us to pray with her to open the service. I immediately closed my eyes and a thought came to me as we began. Why do we close our eyes when we pray? I immediately opened my eyes and looked around. Most people were sitting there with their eyes … Continue reading Eyes Wide Open
I’ve written about the Wild Goose Festival many times on this blog. To be honest I talk about the Goose a lot in my day to day life as well, and for good reason. The Goose has played so many roles in my life. In different seasons the Goose has been as my license to … Continue reading The Call of the Wild Goose
I started my writing on this website with the idea in mind that I would focus on uncertainty and doubt as a central aspect to my writing. It was important to me that what I wrote was intrinsically queer, and I wanted to play around with ideas that have been central to mainstream Christian thought … Continue reading Why Is Doubt So Important?
So, rumor has it that Matt Damon is moving to Australia to escape the dangerous insanity that is the United States, and as will happen, some folks on the interwebs are not so gently pointing out that this is the face of white privilege. From the perspective of one who freaked out and fled, I … Continue reading Privilege And Purpose In Pursuit Of A More Perfect World
Self confidence doesn't come naturally to me or many people I know. Churches are the hardest place to be self confident because they insist that we are worms, lowest of the low before Jesus came on the scene and saved us from our sorry selves. Recently I was attending our local Beer and Hymns. We … Continue reading I Am Enough
Let me preface this by saying, as an LSAT instructor, I teach argument for a living. (And if you follow the Bar Chaplain blog, yes, this is going to be another one of those posts.) I’m a big believer in always paying attention to both far right and far left media and then doing a … Continue reading The Importance of Dehumanizing Your Opponents
Throughout my life I've always associated religion with my relationship with Jesus. But as my faith continues to shift, new ideas are starting to form that, if I'm honest, have been in the back of my mind for a long time. I think it goes back to my childhood. When I was about 12 my … Continue reading Religion or Relationship?
I'm going to try something that might not have been done before, and it might not work, but it also resonated a whole lot with me and a friend of mine, with whom I spent a good 2 hours talking about this, so hear me out and maybe it’ll pan out. I want to look … Continue reading BenDeLaCreme Is a Symbol of Revolution
Six days ago, I boarded a plane for Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on my way to witness the work Fonkoze is doing to reduce poverty, particularly among Haitian women. In my carry-on, I had a copy of Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason, a book I had been looking forward to reading for several weeks. It recounts Bowler’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis at age 35, with an 18 month old baby, and asks why suffering happens and where God might be in the midst of it. These felt like the perfect questions to try to wrestle with in Haiti.