Sometimes I believe Mark Driscoll.

I'm sorry my writing has been so sporadic lately. I've been busy with school and I've been fighting off a particularly bad bout of depression for a few weeks now. I'll try to write as often as I can, but I need the extra rest lately. Thanks for understanding! A couple of weeks ago, Mark Driscoll decided to preach a sermon telling people, "Some of you, God hates you," and I decided to forgive him for that. I wrote a post in which I decided that I was going to show God's love by loving Mark … [Read more...]

God loves Mark Driscoll (and everyone else)

God is love. God doesn't hate anyone. God poured his wrath on on Himself, because He loved us too make us drink that cup. Mark Driscoll needs to be reminded of that.But, you know what?So do I.Sometimes I get this idea in my head that God hates all the same people I hate.Sometimes I believe that God hates Mark Driscoll.I won't lie-- Mark Driscoll isn't my favorite person in the world. For one, he glorifies a part of me that I hate-- the violent, angry part of me that I've been trying to … [Read more...]

Feeling the world’s brokenness…

Do you ever feel the brokenness of the world?Do you ever hurt with the rest of humanity?Or groan with creation as it waits for redemption?Sometimes, in our individualist, self-centered society, we forgot the bigger picture. We forget that we are part of creation. That we are members of humanity.We forget that we were meant to be, as Rob Bell says, "connected with each other in one giant global embrace."Knit together in love.Just like we all will be in Christ's coming kingdom.But … [Read more...]

Find God’s will for your life…or else!

You know what will drive you absolutely bonkers?Trying to find God's will for your life.Or maybe it's just me. Maybe your Bible has a built in GPS with a direct line to heaven that tells you, in a creepy robotic voice,"Turn right in 300 feet." "Go to Grace College in 2 months." "Marry Dave now." But I know mine doesn't.I grew up hearing sermon after sermon, reading book after book, about finding God's will for my life. The idea was that God has a list of things that he wants me to do, and … [Read more...]

The problem with generalization

I have been unable to avoid thinking about the issue of gender roles in our society and in the church.A few days ago, a famous pastor posted a facebook status calling people to mock "anatomically effeminate males," and reactions to this brought up some interesting discussion in the blogging world. "What gives us the right to call a man effeminate?" people wondered. Where do our standards come from?Inspired by others (especially Tyler L. Clark and Dianna E. Anderson) who were frustrated with … [Read more...]

What I learned from the turtles

Over the weekend, my best friend and I got our first tattoos. Mine looks like this:Why a turtle, though? Well, first of all, to symbolize the long life of our friendship. Also, my best friend and I are the proud, unconventional parents of two turtles of our own. We rescued them from the black market in New York and raised them together. Aren't they cute?After taking care of these little guys (who aren't so little anymore) for a few months, God began to use them to teach me some important … [Read more...]

Love may Win, but Environment Loses (via Images and Words)

My boyfriend decided to judge Rob Bell before reading his book. Check out his blog for yet another review of Love Wins (from a perspective that you probably haven't heard yet). I may be biased, but I think it's pretty dang funny. Garbage, utter garbage. And I say garbage with utter contempt, because as a proud recycling citizen of the U.S., I find contempt in garbage. And I find nothing but garbage in Rob Bell's book, Love Wins. The book has gained quite the controversy in conservative … [Read more...]

Sometimes I yell at God.

I hesitate to write this post, since, with my previous posts about cutting, I am well on my way to becoming the stereotypical depressed blogger, and I prefer to refrain from things that are stereotypical. But, let's be real here. It's been a painful year. I've had to get up just to get kicked back down; I've had to turn around and face a past that's been lurking behind me my entire life; I've had to pull more than a few knives out of my back; I've had to rely on a mustard seed of faith to keep me … [Read more...]

Love, in a word.

Today I was asked to define the word "love" in less than 25 words- to limit the definition of the single world’s greatest source of power, hope, and joy to just over two dozen words. I thought to myself, “Can such a thing be done? How does one even define love?  In slightly more than 25 words, I can attempt to describe the concept, but, define? Do I dare try to do such a definition justice?”I can describe how it looks - the sparkle in the eyes of every newlywed, the 90 year old couple at church … [Read more...]


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