Abuse · Church · Theology

Redeeming Love

A recent article I read argued that the US justice system is often too lenient on perpetrators of sexual assault. Not only that, but there can also be a significant disparity in sentencing based on race, socio-economic status, etc. As Rachel Denhollander tweeted regarding the article, "The answer is horrifically simple. We just don't think… Continue reading Redeeming Love

Abuse · Church · Theology

Let there be Light

(Trigger warning: subject matter involves child sexual abuse.) As many of you know, I was sexually abused as a child. There were two incidents -- one involved an old man, and the other, an older boy. The first involved being groomed by an adult, the other was the "natural" result of being consistently intimidated and… Continue reading Let there be Light

Church · Theology

From the Pit of Hell

World Suicide Prevention Day was a couple of weeks ago. That day, I read about another beloved Christian who died by his own hand. I don't know him and I don't know his story, but according to his Twitter feed, he was a pastor who was very concerned about mental illness which makes his death… Continue reading From the Pit of Hell

Church · Theology

Mazes, Minefields, and Sheep

When I was in my 20s, I seriously considered becoming a counselor/therapist. But a counseling professor at a local seminary I visited changed my mind. I don't remember much about our conversation, only that I told him how much I enjoyed ministry (i.e. teaching and discipling) and wanted to help people. His response went something… Continue reading Mazes, Minefields, and Sheep

Church · March 2019 Posts · Theology

On Herod and Exploitation

Yesterday's sermon was on Mark 6; the story of Herod be-heading John the Baptist at the request of his wife, Herodias. I walked away from that passage the same way I have for years -- without much additional thought. The story seems pretty straightforward. Herod immorally marries his brother's wife, John the Baptist rebukes him… Continue reading On Herod and Exploitation

Church · Feb. 2019 Posts · Theology

The Struggle to Pray

Praying consistently is a challenge for me. And I say this as a co-leader of a church ministry designed to pray. Ironic, isn't it? But it's true. You know what's easy for me? Planning. I can plan and vision cast and talk about global events for hours on end, but ask me to lead prayer… Continue reading The Struggle to Pray

Church · Feb. 2019 Posts · History · Theology

Reputation vs. Repentance

Growing up, I was fascinated by stories from the past. I have so many great memories of visiting relatives, sitting on the porch with them, and talking non-stop about so and so and how our family history is connected to this and that. It was fascinating and, I suppose, partly why I became a history… Continue reading Reputation vs. Repentance