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The Body Never Lies
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I hope you kneel
I hope you kneel in broad daylight under the noonday sun on...
Tony Campolo: Returning Agency to the Body of...
Saturday afternoon, at a church near our home, beloved pastor Tony Campolo*,...
Texting vs. Flirting with a Monk
It's late and I would enjoy drifting off into dreamland but something...
At a Loss for Words
This will sound so cliche. But, I'm just at a loss for...
GRACE, a Name we can all Adopt
A store clerk looked at my credit card last week and asked,...
Love Made of Fire: Love, Trauma & Lament...
PAIN MADE OF FIRE On Sunday, June 12th, like so many others,...
Defiantly Love Your Neighbor
While many people have said what I’m about to say - I...
3 reasons why I am going to the...
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Die, Die, Die
Do you ever wake up so sad because the world is overrun...
Jesus Commanded I Tell You about Gluttony
Like a preacher in yoga pants I have come, a new Paul,...
Hey it's Jesus in an Easter Dress Sitting...
I cried on Easter Sunday...actually, Jesus my bridegroom wept because again He...
How I Found God After Leaving Religion
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge...
3 Things Folks Experiencing Homelessness Need from You
Three Things Our Friends Experiencing Homelessness Need from You I spend my...
The Lie of Separation
Back in May 2015 I was signed up for a weekend training...
I walk the line
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Slave to Love
When did this happen? She felt like an overcooked porkchop... Where was...
I am not you but I am not...
Taking my title one step further we read James Finley's words: "As...
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Sit with me in the I don't know
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Sway- a poem for your March Day
Happy March. Here's a poem for you. SWAY I like...
It was the Best of Times...It was the...
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Living Life on the Inhale
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Joy in Solemnity
'I have spoke with the tongue of angels I have held the...
Did Jesus Struggle With Racism?
For centuries now, the divinity of Jesus Christ has been...
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Two days ago I purchased my monthly copy of Mantra Yoga+Health magazine....
In Full Disclosure
I am not a writer. There, I've said it and it feels...
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Victoria is taking a few weeks off so it is up to...
Let Us Conspire
What follows is in no way an affirmation of doing anything violent...
Transformation and Shadow Spotting
“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s...
Does Your God Need to Be Fired?
What if the God that you have given your life to, trusted...
Do You Mean, "Yes"?
There is a passage in Scripture that says not to swear by...
Our Needs are Holy
For those of you who have children, particularly young children, you know...
#SKEPTIMERGENT: truth or love?
I have a theory: those so-called "liberal" or "progressive" people who are...
Poetry : Randy Woodley, The Haunting (A Tribute...
Over the next several months I will be posting some of my...
The Orthodoxy of Humility
I have heard it said that all prayer is heresy, but God...
The Image of Holiness
I come from a Christian culture that defined “holiness” (being like God)...
Return to a Theology of Normalcy or the...
It is coming….the signs of restored racism in our society are beginning...
May Christmas be Filled with Mouse Poop and...
In this cynical and snarky world in which we live, we are...
This being the season of Advent; I think it’s worth taking a...
Chaos + Earth = Love
Hesiod's Theogony suggests a rather insightful equation that informs the Genesis accounts...
the fatality of truth...letting go of the wobbly...
Yesterday I had this thought in my mind tumbling around like laundry...
Heal Me: Why Tommy and the White Western...
I began this conversation I called, See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me,...
THE SHOE FETISH: THE EVIL OF ALTRUISM
there was a woman who had a shoe fetish. no matter what,...
(G)od With(Out) Religion OR The God Who BeCame...
There is this moment of intrinsic subversion to exclusivity in the...
do christians (h)ate the world? OR (the european...
Any notion that we do not belong to this earth,...
Review of Brian McLaren's Upcoming Book
Identity. Fundamental to us all. Yet so seldom explored. What does it mean to...
What is an Evangelical?
The “E Word” in Christianity is a funny thing. In one respect,...
Simply Simplicity, Part 2
Today we continue my thoughts on Simplicity from the corresponding chapter in...
Agree or Die. [Improvisational Christianity #4]
Improv is play – simple pretending. Think of what works best when...
Christmas in the Intersections
I am a person who lives in intersections. My life is spent...
My Body and My Faith
Maybe don’t read this if you are sensitive to discussions of abuse,...
#Charlottesville - What Can I Do?
The events in Charlottesville are overwhelming, infuriating, depressing, sad, and scary. Processing...
What Should I Say When I Have Nothing...
A woman died yesterday. Her name is Heather. I did not know...
Hagar and Sally
Trigger Warning: Discussion of rape and sexual violence. Sally Hemings was not...
You Need to Listen to Richard Spencer: A...
As a Black woman in the United States, I have spent...
Mamie, Did you Know? A Mother's Day Poem...
Mamie, did you know that your baby boy would one day be...
I'm Sorry: Reflection on Grief for Holy Saturday
Easter is great, no question, but today, the day before, is...
A Maundy Thursday Reflection
John 13:33-35 Little children, I am with you only a little longer....
Parable of the Triangle: Blessed are those who...
Anonymous complaints in churches can be a common source of conflict. They...
The Shiny Face of Jesus; A Transfiguration Sunday...
This Sermon, based on Matthew 17:1-9, was preached by the author at...
Be Ready: Kindness to Strangers
The problem with strangers is that they can be a little strange....
A Moment of Honesty with Myself
I have been trying not to think about how I am feeling....
Today is a rough day. Today we know that the world is...
Beyond Dreaming, Toward Repentance
"It is my fear that, though we may not embrace an outright...
An Inaugural Prayer
Holy God, Help Us Help us learn that we are our brother's...
I’m really great at getting into Facebook flame wars. I want to...
A letter to my congregation after the election
Dear Beloveds, I am writing to witness that for some of...
A Post-Election Poem
I want you to keep my name out of your mouth. It...
To all Allies in the Episcopal Church and...
I’m writing this post to my fellow progressive, white Episcopalians, but I...
I am writing this post in support of Jory Micah. Jory focuses...
According to Dictionary.com, a microaggression is "a subtle, but offensive comment...
A Little Bapticostal Misfit Bible Study
I absolutely adored Bible studies as a young evangelical. Finding my way...
Splendid are those: Falling in love with Vehicle...
Today marks almost exactly one month that I’ve been in Flint. I...
As I see you standing there. I’m not sure what to do....
We Need to Care About the Dakota Access...
German Shepherds have always freaked me out. I remember being about 7...
Progressive Evangelical Female's story of pornography and sexual...
I am a progressive evangelical. I like to think of myself as...
Milwaukee and the Space Between
What is the name for the thing that happens when people ask...
Sexism in the Church
This topic was bound to come up given some of the things...
Jesus, the Cause of Division
The lectionary reading for this week is putting some folks on edge....
When Faith Fades
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a...
Westboro Baptist, Eye-gazing + #DemsInPhilly
Why would a Christian Yogi Mama head into Philadelphia amidst the crowds...
No more loyal love, no more compassion
Have you ever cried so much that you run out of tears?...
The Healing Spirit
In the halls of my Alma Mater, Wesley Theological Seminary, is a...
Learning To Live A Better Story
In 1949, American scholar, Joseph Campbell, published a book called The Hero With...
Those Who Grieve Deeply
CW: Pulse shooting, grief “The thing is,” my friend said...
Why Roots Was So Important: A Message for...
If I had a dollar for every time a well meaning person...
Confessions from Wild Goose 2015
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so...
The Time is NOW to embrace our not...
Shadows go in front of you, leading into your future and...
Breaking the Church's Silence About Sex Addiction, Trafficking...
Breaking the Silence Last weekend I sat among a group of 70...
The shortest verse
I remember being a kid and finding out that the shortest verse...
Re-engaging the Bible (aka the Mess)
“I stopped reading the Bible because I can’t handle the mess.” My...
Closed Hearts, Closed Minds, Closed Doors: A Letter...
You are loved. You were made in the image of God. You...
Poem: I needed a friend, not a know...
Disclaimer: After Pentecost, at Park Avenue Baptist Church we are starting a...
What Do You See When You Look at...
I am an adoptee from Colombia. I was born in Bogota. My...
Contemplative Activism: An Outflow of the Broken Heart
“Justice is the outflow of the broken heart.” James Finley I have...
Now - A poem and painting reminding us...
This year I have been thinking about how to get the most...
That Small Voice
Last week, I was approved by the credentialing body of my denomination;...
A Resurrection World for Women
Given how Lent went, I’m thankful that we are reminded that resurrection...
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