Fourteen Thoughts on Responsible Faith

It almost seems like an oxymoron to associate the word Responsible with Faith. We tend to think of faith as child-like: innocent, naive, and pure. Being a person of great faith means doing a-typical things, the hard and radical choices to reflect the unlimited strength which can only come from God. Thus, being responsible and…

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Resources for Advent

I wasn’t raised in a religious family and never participated in church traditions growing up. During college, I was drawn to a church with liturgical service. I meditated over the ancient creeds, cited by memory the back and forth cadence between celebrant and the people, and marveled at the changing colors of albs. Following the…

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Guest Posting for the American Jesus

I am excited to be guest posting over at Zack Hunt’s awesome-ous blog, the American Jesus today. I talk about how the Church needs to listen to Louis C.K and allow ourselves to lament: It’s not comfortable to be sad. We have figured out ways to avoid it with our stuff, our feel-good testimonies, and…

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7 Ways to Raise Justice Minded Children

My two kids are stunning. I mean, they’re perfect. Wait, what I’m trying to say, is I think rather highly of them. My husband and I, like most parents, try our best to raise them and instill our values so they become our minions grow up to be responsible citizens of the world. One of…

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Compassion or pity? and Friendship as Justice

Overheard on a Facebook conversation last week: “There is really not much difference between compassion and pity when it comes to being on the receiving end of it.” This thought gave me pause as I consider compassion to be a central tenet of biblical justice, and yet, I experience this to be true. We use…

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Can We Take Christ out of the Church? (Answer’s no.)

There is a lot of disillusionment with the church. My post on Ten Reasons Not to Go to Church is still garnering page views more than a week after I posted it, and I am a nobody in the blogosphere. People (aka that which the Church consists of) disappoint, and we figure out ways to…

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Ten Reasons Not to go to Church

Why people didn’t go to church this past Sunday. They were: Too Sad. One of the symptoms of depression is a lack of desire to engage with the wider community. Meeting a group of people can be debilitating for those who are struggling to just open their eyes in the morning. This is one of…

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Beauty in the Margins

The common mistaken notion: creativity is luxury for the elite. After all, those who face grinding poverty worry about the next meal with no excess time or energy for art. On Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, those with limited resources are concerned with meeting physiological needs, the tip of the pyramid containing creativity lay desperately out…

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Is there a God shaped hole in our hearts?

Does anyone remember the Donut Man? Like a donut, he says there is a hole in our hearts that can only be filled by God’s love. I’m sure he is a well-intentioned man trying to share God’s love with little children. I’m not sure I have ever been able to sit through church listening to…

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