Baobab Tree Liturgies

Two years ago we hosted a day of prayer for foreigners working in the refugee camps in North Africa where we were living at the time. Aside from a couple of traditional missionary organizations, there were a smattering of Jesus people working in various humanitarian roles who had voiced interest in gathering with other believers in a difficult and lonely context. This was February, many months deep into the dry season when the air is brittle in your lungs and… Read more

Prayers from the Desert: The One Behind Peter

I am absolutely horrible at remembering scripture references. A couple weeks ago I was flipping through my Bible, running my finger down tall blocks of Gospel marked up with yellow highlighter and pencil scratches blindly searching for a few verses that I was really hungry to read again but for the life of me couldn’t remember where they were found. I knew there was a place that Jesus had said some things that turned a lot of people off, after… Read more

Haunted by Horror: All Saints Day and Our Disenchanted World

It’s interesting to me that often Christians, specifically Evangelical Christians, sometimes have significant problems with Halloween considering it’s origins are in the Christian liturgical year. Read more

The Butterfly Effect: Leaving Reality

Well over a decade ago, a guy named Fabian had an idea. It was an innovative idea that solved a problem and changed the world. Unfortunately changing the world doesn’t always mean improving it. Fabian’s idea was born back in the late 90’s/early 00’s when lots of his friends were sharing their username and passwords for the various porn websites that they had paid for. Fabian was a tech guy and he realized that the porn industry was woefully behind… Read more

The Butterfly Effect: Dirty Work

The people responsible for the greatest amount of moral decay over the past fifteen years aren’t the people who are bearing the greatest stigmas. Read more

The Butterfly Effect: The Cost of Sex

We Westerners have confused love with desire, and now largely we no longer know how to tell the difference. Read more

The Butterfly Effect: The Legacy of Hugh Hefner

Yes, having pills and contraceptives may make sex safer, but c’mon, don’t we know that sex has never been anything remotely close to safe? Read more

The Burnette Chapel Church Shooting: Just Being Jesus

Some news outlets immediately tried to make this out to be a racial thing. You know, as in “A black man shot up a white church.” The problem with that narrative, is that this church isn’t white or black, it’s got people from several different ethnicities, the way, I think, God intends church to be. Read more

In Lieu of Self-Control

Recently someone asked me if I had all my babies naturally (as in, without an epidural). As it turns out, I did, but I don’t feel like I can claim that bragging right as fully as some women. Women who have their babies naturally in American hospitals are going up against a society that thinks pain is a sign of something terribly wrong and a medical system that is eager to over-engage at every turn. So those who commit to… Read more

The One Who Makes Us Tremble

When Russell and I first moved to North Africa we lived in a big green safari tent on a treeless plot at the base of a rocky hill. The government had insisted that all foreigners live on the far side of town, so after sunset, when all the women had carried their last load of firewood home for the night and all the little boys had ushered their father’s goats back into their pens, nights at our home were deep,… Read more

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