Thank you Fred Phelps

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A couple of y’all have asked me why I have been strangely quiet about Fred Phelp’s passing so I guess I should try my best to answer. Because thinking about this man and his legacy makes me mad, it hurts like hell and brings out the worst in my heart. As a Christian, a lesbian [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Phyllis

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I am sitting on my tiny front porch listening to the lonely wail of a train in the cool southern night trying to find the words to wish someone beautiful, talented, graceful (in all the ways) and incredibly special to me an amazingly happy birthday! I can’t seem to recall the circumstances of our first [Read More...]

Shame and Wonder In The Choir Loft

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So today I have the pleasure of lifting up a post by a friend of mine. Tripp has become for me an example of how a Baptist can live out their path with faithful consistency and radical hospitality.  Tripp is a living reminder of the core of my Baptist roots, the good and rebellious stuff, [Read More...]

Sacred Space in Cyberspace

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Hi there friends, there has been an increase in conversation lately about online ministry. I realize it is likely just on my newsfeed but it seems every day I see a question regarding online worship, sacraments or pastoral care.  Because I am experiencing what is commonly refereed to as writers’s block (I am calling it [Read More...]

10 Reasons Net Neutrality Matters to Progressive Christians

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This past fall I accepted a board position on the Media Justice arm of the UCC, OCinc. Since I care deeply about social justice as part of my duty as a follower of The Way, and since I spend addiction commitment levels of time engaging media of all sorts it seems this is a wonderful fit. [Read More...]

From skepticism to grace

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Earlier this year I shared a post from my friend and filmmaker Daneen Akers.  I am so grateful for the powerful, faithful work she and her husband have been doing through their film Seventh Gay Adventists.  Recently they made the film free for download (just over the Thanksgiving holiday) and it had over 3,000 free downloads [Read More...]

Troubled Convergence

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In response to a niftly little post by my friend Tripp Hudgins (that was a result of a great little FB te-ta-te) I have some rambling thoughts. Tripp I am grateful that you have lifted up the issue of evangelical siloing that’s bugging you. Allow me to quote you just a teeny bit to invite [Read More...]

Which blog post next?

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I want to write all the things.  I write one thing at a time, removing one festering foible at a time to make room for the next to bubble to the surface. Friends, I have been writing in fits and starts since just before my father died but I have a head full of swirling thoughts [Read More...]

Always Queer, Never Quiet

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Friends, it is time to introduce you to another guest blogger.  It is my pleasure and honor to lift up the powerful work of Marcus Patrick Ellsworth.  I met Marcus at the Veritas gathering in Chattanooga where communities of faith came together for an afternoon of love, grace and solidarity with the LGBT community of [Read More...]

In the valley of the shadow

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We buried my father one week ago today.  There’s so much I want to tell you about the death of my dad but in order to do so I need to tell you just a little about his life. As I look back over my journey of last couple of weeks, and really my whole [Read More...]


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