April 4, 2018

Photo credit: freeimages.com “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” – Judges 21:25 RSV As a teenager who had been raised Catholic, one of the things that first drew me to Evangelicalism was how laid back it seemed – especially with the contemporary worship music as well as how the youth pastors prayed to Jesus as though he was talking to a longtime BFF. These non-traditional approaches to… Read more

February 15, 2018

Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” – Genesis 3:19 NRSV Last year, a dear friend of mine passed away after losing her battle with cancer, and her funeral happened to land on Ash Wednesday – the first day of the season of Lent. Prior to this I knew it was going to be a busy… Read more

January 24, 2018

Photo credit: Wikipedia “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their world, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” – John 17:20-21 RSV There’s an area in my city called Church Street where there are at least ten different church denominations within a span of… Read more

January 18, 2018

Photo credit: Flickr “To learn who rules over you, simply learn who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire 1 ***CONTENT WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES*** I have always understood members of the LGBTQ community have endured hostile and unjust treatment throughout history. I grew up in an era when it was common for kids in school to name-call using homophobic slurs. To be called such things was some of the most humiliating and dehumanizing ways to make people feel inferior. Although… Read more

January 10, 2018

Image credit: Flickr SPOILER WARNING!!! If you haven’t already seen the film, stop reading right now and go watch it! Otherwise, read at your own discretion… (more…) Read more

November 30, 2017

Photo credit: Stephan Kunze / Unsplash I remember hearing my grandparents recall a time when the local church was the epicenter of community events and social gatherings. They used to reminisce about the days when they used to attend movie nights and dances that were hosted in the parish hall while they were dating. It seems as though their generation lived in a golden age when much of their neighborhood was united by the fellowship of Catholic culture. But as… Read more

November 21, 2017

Photo credit: freeimages.com At seventeen years old, I took the dramatic step that almost every new Christian makes by accepting Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I can honestly say experiencing the love and grace of God for the first time is difficult to describe in words, but the best I can do is to say it was emotional, exhilarating and relieving as though a massive weight was lifted from my heart. I’m sure my raging teenage hormones played a… Read more

November 10, 2017

Photo credit: Flickr Growing up in a rural community, I had the privilege of learning how to care for animals, whether it was on my own farm or someone else’s. While I have a small amount of experience with livestock like cattle and pigs, I owned a couple dogs and raised some rabbits of my own. I often heard people joke about whether I was raising my rabbits for food, but the thought of eating my own pets was something… Read more

November 1, 2017

Image credit: Flickr I remember when I was around 10 years old, my friends and I walked around town during recess one time. One of my buddies at the time led the group to a small culvert along the railway tracks where he hid a Playboy magazine to show everyone. Clearly this wasn’t the first time the guys had been sneaking away porno mags from their older siblings. As the only firstborn in the group, it was obvious to them… Read more

October 3, 2017

Image credit: Flickr Sixteen years ago I remember when I was about to catch the bus to school, and the television was on when I had heard the breaking news for the first time. It had been recently announced that one of the towers of the World Trade Center was struck by a passenger aircraft. My parents and I were confused about what was really going on. Did the pilot lose control over the plane? How does something like this… Read more

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