Advent: Over All, Through All, & In All

Advent.Advent is the season of longing. The season when we stand in solidarity with the people of Israel thousands of years ago, groaning for deliverance and redemption. It is the season where we stand in the darkness, feeling the full weight of injustice, of sin, of our lostness. Where we feel the harsh cold winds of winter that tell of coming death. In this season, we feel the full magnitude of our perceived estrangement from God and from one another.In the season of Advent we are … [Read more...]

Coffee Cups, Christian Privilege, and the Gospel

Red coffee cups. This is the subject of the latest culture war among conservative Christians. Last week, Joshua Feuerstein, a self proclaimed “evangelist” based in Arizona, posted a now viral video on YouTube declaring his outrage that Starbuck’s new seasonal coffee cups were simply red and had no reference to Christmas or Christ. What should have been one radical (or attention seeking) youth pastors video has blown up into an international movement of conservative Christians going to Starbucks a … [Read more...]

To Christian Voters in Houston

Dear Christians Voters in Houston who opposed HERO-I am writing to you today with a deeply grieved heart. Deep in my spirit, I can hear the words of Jesus as he gave his live on the cross saying, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing." (Luke 23:34) In a very real sense, you have chosen to reject Christ and have stood for his oppression and marginalization in your city, because Christ is found, not behind the mighty pulpits of your churches or in the faces of the p … [Read more...]

On Discipline

Have you ever felt like your life was scattered and disorganized? That everything was a rush to get to the next thing on the "To-Do List"? Have you ever looked at the lives of others that seem so rhythmic and healthy, where they have time for personal wellbeing, accomplishing their dreams, and have a vibrant social life and wondered how in the world they do it when you're giving all you have and are struggling just to get by?I have.I've often found myself so envious of others lives, … [Read more...]

The Flow of Love

Each Sunday, I take time to reflect on a sacred text, usually from the Revised Common Lectionary, in order to recalibrate, challenge, and fuel us to continue on this rough and rocky journey of faith. Today's reading comes from Mark 12:28-34: One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lor … [Read more...]

Women of Wisdom : Conversations with Iyanla Vanzant, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Marianne Williamson

For centuries, many of the worlds religious traditions have sought to silence the voices of women, insisting that their place is domestic and not in the public sphere, teaching, leading, and shaping culture. Yet in the midst of these oppressive institutions, women have been resilient, working hard to find ways to subvert societal norms and assert themselves as leaders, visionaries, and creatives, shaping our world in monumental ways. While much of this oppression still remains in cultures and … [Read more...]