If you’ve been following the Exvangelical movement at all, I’m sure you have noticed a really powerful push to deconstruct purity culture. There is a fight against the beliefs that our sexual worth can be linked to the number of people who we have engaged in sexual activity with, or that our bodies are a … Continue reading The Gays and Sexual Purity: How Purity Culture Impacted My Views of Sex and Sexuality
I had an old friend ask me the other day what they, as a straight Christian person, could do to help the Church reconcile itself with the LGBT community. This is always a hard question to answer for me. Firstly, my own experience with “reconciliation” has always come through talking with people and sharing stories. … Continue reading How not to “Love” LGBT Christians
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
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
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.
This week in church, we discussed the transfiguration. I’m not going to go into that topic, because it’s complex and honestly difficult to talk about BUT it did get me thinking about the idea of transformation within a Christian context, and especially within the context of how those transformations ought to work today. When I … Continue reading Transforming the People of God