Happy Birthday to me and Martin Luther King Jr.!

It's my birthday today!And it's also Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday!I'm proud to share a birthday with such a great man. King is one of my heroes, as he is a great role model for non-violent activism. He made a difference without pulling any triggers or dispatching any troops. He taught me to believe that the power of love and non-violence can change the world.I'll let the man speak for himself. Here are a few of my favorite quotes by him (taken from brainyquote.com): A nation that c … [Read more...]

Diving into the ocean of religion

Interesting discussion on yesterday's post, friends!In case you missed it, yesterday I responded to the viral video that's been going around the interwebs lately--Jeffersen Bethke's "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus." I argued that religion and Jesus are not incompatible. In fact, in order to have a "relationship" with Jesus, we need to take action--action that, for many people, looks like religion.I really wrote that post to myself. I do that a lot--write things to myself. Writing is how I … [Read more...]

It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship?

When I was growing up, and people asked about my religion, I would parrot the phrase I'd heard from countless well-meaning pastors, Sunday school teachers, and friends. You know the one..."It's not a religion. It's a relationship."Then, there's the viral video that's been going around lately. I'm sure you've seen it making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, and the Blogosphere:"Why I hate religion, but love Jesus."(side note: for an excellent response to this video, check out Elizabeth … [Read more...]

I’m pro-life. I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-woman.

I'm pro-choice.Therefore, I am pro-life.I'm pro-life.Therefore, I am pro-choice.I couldn't be one without being the other and my support for each side strengthens the other.Let me 'splain....No, there is too much. Let me sum up.I'll start with this--even though the exact point at which human life begins cannot be pin-pointed by science, I still feel uncomfortable with the concept of abortion. I'd like to think that I, personally, would never get an abortion (though, the way I reacted … [Read more...]

If the Bible had an F.A.Q. section…

Do you ever wish that the Bible had an F.A.Q. section?Or maybe it does, and I just haven't found it yet. Some Christians probably have--you know, the one's who are always saying, "The Bible clearly says that..." Yeah, those Christians must have found the F.A.Q. section.Because, let's be honest. The Bible is anything but clear.It's complicated, contradictory, and confusing.If the Bible had an F.A.Q. section, this is what I'd like to see in it:*What IS salvation?*Is there a hell? … [Read more...]

A year in review

What a year it has been!I think I'll recap some of the highlights:I turned 21 and had my first alcoholic beverage (a Bud Light. Gross. Happy to say that Abe has taught me to appreciate good beer, and I will never again darken the doorways of my tongue with a Bud Light)My boyfriend of three years broke up with me on facebook (which didn't seem like a highlight at the time, but looking back, all I can think is Hallelujah, Chunky Peanut Butter!)I discovered that I could, in fact, survive … [Read more...]


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