On Giving Thanks for Grief and Brokeness

My friend is dying.   It’s one of those weird truths that doesn’t seem real — like a distant memory of a movie of someone else’s life I saw once, a long time ago. It’s a reality that stands next to my own reality, strangely separate from the rest of my life, and this is made true by the fact that we have not seen each other in years, not heard each other’s voices in as long. Though our friendship… Read more

Giving Up Privilege: White Identity When White Doesn’t Matter Anymore

Last year, I had a conversation with a woman I’ll call Sandy.*  Sandy was a coaching client of mine who is a leader in the world of progressive Christianity. She’d helped organize an event, and she and her colleagues wanted to be very intentional about including multiple voices. They know that one of the biggest problems facing Christianity today — including progressive Christianity — is the fact that so many of our conferences have all white speakers — often, all white male… Read more

A Theology of Whiteness

This will be dangerous work, these words. It be messy, and I will probably do it wrong. But it is important work. In fact, it might prove to be most important work, because it might be the key we are missing to our very own healing — as a nation, as a people, as a global community. It’s so important that I am willing to do it wrong, to put this out there and stand to be corrected, because someone… Read more

Excuse Me, Your Idols Are Showing: Why an Athlete Kneeling is Totally Biblical

It’s not anti-God to protest. In fact, it’s pretty Biblical. Especially when it comes to false gods. Read more

The Nashville Statement: It Gets Everything Wrong

In a ridiculous display of abysmal timing and sexual idolatry, the Center for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (or something like that) published the Nashville Statement, a handy-dandy, user-friendly little list that says homosexuality is a sin and those of us who affirm the LGBTQ community are not Christians. The Nashville Statement takes a prominent place on their website, right next to the Danvers Statement — which essentially says that as a woman, I am a second-class citizen and that’s the… Read more

Like Jesus, Running

Here is what a day in seminary is like: You wake up, and read. It doesn’t really matter which book or for what class — you have a pile and you know you have to read them all, so pick one up and just start reading. Get coffee, actually. Then start reading. Or study on Quizlet (thank you to You Know Who You Are for telling us all about that app!) to learn the 52 verses from the Hebrew scriptures… Read more

#Charlottesville

I think I have seen this before. It almost seems like a movie, too disturbing to come from real life. I think my breath catching in my throat might be a sign that something here is more wrong than it’s been in a very long time.  I think the pit in my stomach is telling me something important, and the inexplicable anxiety I feel is my soul, twisted in some sort of — what? Fear? Disgust? I don’t even know…. Read more

All The Heretical Things

My friend is in the middle of a shunning.   It is both imposed and self-imposed — I’ve seen it before. Her church is shiny and contemporary, and she was in a place of leadership (as much as a woman can be in a place of leadership in the Evangelical sphere). She is well known there, and beloved, and participated in some sort of indiscretion.  Broken, wounded and hurting, she is trying to piece her life back together — to figure… Read more

My Daughter’s Daydream Is A Lesson In Kindness

Last night, a family friend, my almost-twelve year old daughter, and I were sitting around the table after dinner, talking. My friend and I had purchased lottery tickets a few days before, and we’d yet to see if we’d won anything. We started day dreaming about what we’d do with our winnings.   It’s such a fun exercise. I know what I’d do. First, I’d donate a large amount to two nonprofits that I learned about when I met their… Read more

America Has Lost Its Soul: Philando Castile

If America was sitting in church, and it was that time for communion, when your pastor says, essentially, “All believers are welcome, with an examined heart,” the U.S. would need to stay seated.  Our heart, it seems, remains unexplored — and not just its deep corners. The entire surface, right there in the open, lay dusty and ignored, covered in black and white headlines and the messy gore of the oppressed.   Philando Castile’s name has disappeared from headlines this Monday… Read more

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