When I reflect on how I might remove my support from systems that perpetuate injustice, I feel the wall is insurmountable. The “butterfly effect”, or “globalization,” or the “reproduction of the means of production” all work to convince me that I cannot live outside of “the system,” that no one … Read the rest
“But he got to pass the Bibles out, so someone else should get to put them back on the shelf!” ‘Are we going to do the attendance stickers today? Can I go first?” “But she already had two turns. That’s not fair!”
One thing I have discovered about teaching Sunday School … Read the rest
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and shall praise the name of Jehovah your God, that hath dealt wondrously
In August of this year, my uncle lost his battle with addiction. While I had great grief over this loss, there was also some aspect of relief. For the past twelve years, I have watched him brutally suffer at the hands of addiction and the other illnesses that resulted as … Read the rest
Lent is my very favorite season of the Christian calendar. It could be because the focus on Christ’s impending crucifixion appeals to my goth sensibilities, or it could be because I know how necessary the darkness is in order to truly appreciate the light.
The great Saint Reverend Beth Long likes to say “Scripture is dangerous, if you read all of it.” These days, I am reading Isaiah 58. All of it. I read those lines of what promises God has in store for me and my soul leaps: your light shall rise in the darkness, and your … Read the rest
It is August of 2004, I am just arriving at Asbury College after about 6 months with UMVIM in Honduras. As a transfer student from a public community college in Upstate New York being in Kentucky at a Wesleyan Holiness school is a shock, culturally and to my faith.
Philippians 2:2-8 (from The Message) Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the … Read the rest