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

Abuse · Writing

Scars

He thinks I'm beautiful. But all I see are marks welded into my skin by sun, rain, wind, and age. He thinks I'm beautiful. But all I feel are lacerations of the soul inflicted by those who could not see beauty -- only opportunity. He says I'm beautiful. But instead of hearing his life-giving words,… Continue reading Scars

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