We must also understand that being in the world, but not of it, is necessary if we are to be a light to those who are in spiritual darkness. We are to live in such a way that those outside the faith see our good deeds and our manner and know that there is something … Continue reading Not of this world
1 If the Lord had not been on our side— let Israel say—2 if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us,3 they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us;4 the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us,5 the raging waters would have swept us away. 6 Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their … Continue reading A Prayer for August 23, 2020
One massive issue that so many of us who have deconstructed struggle with is the question, "what is allowed for me?"Many of us have spent a lifetime being told what the lines were for us. We were allowed to believe this, not that. We were allowed to do this, not that. Boundaries were tightly enforced … Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?
A short story about Pastor Jim Crandell who followed his convictions in leading his church through the pandemic. Does he trust medical experts & government leaders? Or does he trust God?
This past weekend, I celebrated a birthday. It was a milestone birthday. I turned 35. I don't know how I managed to blink my eyes at 25 and find myself at 35. I don't feel like I am 35. And yet, I am. So bizarre how that happens, right?But thinking about hitting this ripe old … Continue reading What I’ve Learned In 35 Years
July's book pick for the "Faith, Coffee, And Books" was the very short and quick read, "Everything Happens For A Reason" by Kate Bowler. Admittedly, I was prepared for a very different kind of book when I sat down to read this. I thought the book would be centred more on an apologetics angle to … Continue reading Everything Happens For A Reason (A Book Review)
Never The Good Girl by Shari A Smith March 5, 2020 She never was the good girl She never played by the rules Every time they tried to lock her in She always found a way out She wasn’t supposed to wear these clothes The kind that bared her shoulders The kind that bared her … Continue reading Never The Good Girl (A Poem)
I bought "Transgender 101" by Nicholas Teich in June during Pride month. Some conversations I'd been having lately have opened my eyes to my lack of education on the topic, though I am 100% affirming. I needed to learn more in order to become a better ally. So I started googling for resources to learn. … Continue reading Transgender 101 (A Book Review)
As part of my effort to educate myself so that I can be a useful ally in the anti-racist conversation, I bought several books. One of those books was a short love letter written by pastor Lenny Duncan to his denomination: the ELCA. I was, simply put, blown away by this book. While this book … Continue reading Dear Church (A Book Review)
I occasionally hear people asking why those of us who have left Evangelicalism continue to talk about our issues with the movement. There are a lot of people out there who truly do not understand why so many of us feel compelled to keep speaking up about our experiences and the impact that Evangelicalism has … Continue reading Why I Speak Up