"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." Until now, I've always read John 1:14 as an argument that Jesus perfectly combined the ability to tell people the truth with grace. The… Continue reading “Full of Grace and Truth”
A sweet coworker gave me a Temporary Goodbye Card today, and its cover read, "I will bless you, and you will be a blessing," which is taken from Genesis 12:2. It resonated with me because it touched on something I often feel - guilt about my privilege. There's the fundamental guilt I feel about working… Continue reading What to Do with Privilege?
I've been learning a lot about myself in 12 Steps. I learned that I hugely fear people that threaten my sense of security, and I try to avoid this potential threat by withdrawing from people who might hurt me or else being so competent that no one will ever want to hurt me. Then I… Continue reading “Be Still and Know Me.” “But That Sounds Scary!” : Two Conversations with God
I'm on Step 5 of the 12 Steps, which says we "admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs." This step is about confession, obviously, but its also about the connections we form with people when we are vulnerable. Keeping secrets is isolating, and it heightens our… Continue reading Overcoming Doubt with Vulnerability
One of my least favorite things about the Bible are stories where women are neglected, abused, raped, and chopped into twelve pieces. Worse than the stories themselves is the way in which God is silent about these stories. When Abraham sacrificed his son, God saved the day by providing a ram. When Jephthah sacrificed his… Continue reading We Remember: A Ceremony to Lament and Honor Women
I was talking to a friend recently about fear, doubt, and faith. We've both come to realize that having and expressing our "shameful" feelings is better than hiding them or trying to conquer them. But then my friend paused. "I feel like God is coming closer to me, and I am away." "You're going away… Continue reading Running Away From God is a Good Thing
I don't like Contemporary Christian Music. I think this is mostly a knee-jerk reaction against my teenage ALL CHRISTIAN EVERYTHING SEPARATE FROM THE WORLD asshole days, so I am probably throwing some babies out with the bathwater (sorry, babies!). But there is also a little truth to the fact that a lot of CCM is… Continue reading 5 “Worship” Songs That I Can Stand