My faith is the most important aspect of who I am. For it to be real, it must influence every other part of my life, including how I think of politics and how I vote. I can’t claim to believe Jesus called us to care for the poor, for example, and then not vote or support politicians who would enact policies that would care for the poor. It would be hypocritical and faithless. It does not negate my responsibility to care for them more directly. Neither negates the other. Serving at a soup kitchen or giving money or donating or even inviting a homeless family to eat in my home would not release me of my responsibility to vote in a way that would effect help for not just the few I meet but all people nationwide.Read More An Evangelical Feeling the Bern
I really can’t stand church marquees in general. They are almost always obnoxious or embarrassing. They’re not too bad when limited to announcing times for events and no more. This time, though, one was likable enough to go viral and start showing up all over Facebook, etc. and it was from a church right here […]Read More I Heart Hateful Christians
I have started reading Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner, and I have to say ‘thank you’ to Vanessa for recommending it to me because it has so far been powerful and inspiring. Winner is a Christian who grew up Jewish, and this book is about her insights into spirituality that she gained from Judaism […]Read More Faithful with Every Bite
As a follower of Jesus who values a holistic approach to life and worship (and I am convinced the Bible values, assumes, and even demands the same) I view everything through the lens of my identity in Christ. As a person who is a whole, I cannot divorce my mind from my body nor separate […]Read More Christian D.I.D.
It’s hard to believe, but our “new” baby girl is getting close to a year and a half old already. Evelyn is a sweet and active girl, smart and in love with reading books. She is astoundingly patient, inquisitive, happy, and almost always fusses or cries because of some legitimate reason. She seems perfect—though I […]Read More Hiding from Papa
“…the restoration of the church will surely come only from a new type of monasticism which has nothing in common with the old but a complete lack of compromise in a life lived in accordance with the Sermon on the Mount in the discipleship of Christ. I think it is time to gather people together […]Read More An Old Song with a New Dance (Part 2 of 2)
Calvin Miller’s The Singer is a narrative poem retelling Jesus’ story in the context of the Middle Ages, and the main character is a bard who sings a song that changes lives. The book is beautiful and poignant, and it communicates in ways an essay or a speech could not. Yet, the Singer’s song is […]Read More An Old Song with a New Dance (Part 1 of 2)