Josh Harris and Empathy For The Deconstructing

Today, Josh Harris updated his Instagram account with an announcement that he no longer considers himself a Christian. In his own words: "...I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. The popular phrase for this is “deconstruction,” the biblical phrase is “falling away.” By all the measurements that I have … Continue reading Josh Harris and Empathy For The Deconstructing

Eshet Chayil

I began to write this poem after watching the funeral of Rachel Held Evans. I listened to her friends and family describe her as a woman who always asked the hard questions, always loved, always gave of herself when she could. I couldn't stop thinking to myself, "They are talking about a woman who was … Continue reading Eshet Chayil

Loving Yourself Is Not Sin

A few days ago, while looking through my memories on Facebook, I saw an old post of mine. In this post, I was talking about how, at the time, I genuinely believed that I was unlovable. I saw myself as someone who didn't deserve love or companionship because I felt inherently broken. I couldn't envision … Continue reading Loving Yourself Is Not Sin

Islamophobia and Christian Culture

Nearly 9 years ago, I was sitting in the audience of a small Bible conference in Calgary, Alberta in Canada. I and my family had been involved with Last Days Bible Conference since its very first days in 2002. I volunteered each year in selling merchandise for the speakers, and I briefly helped run the … Continue reading Islamophobia and Christian Culture

Does God Require Adversity?

"The fact is, God is not concerned whether we are happy or not. But he is very concerned over whether we are holy. We can be happy and on our way to hell. But if we are holy, it is only because the Holy One is at home in his temple, our hearts. So we … Continue reading Does God Require Adversity?

“Shameless” Review

Last night, I finished the latest book written by Nadia Bolz-Weber, “Shameless”. This is the book I wish I could have read 4 years ago when I was beginning to question the teaching I’d received my entire life from the church in regards to sexuality, gender roles, and the marginalized (particularly the LGBTQ+ community). Nadia … Continue reading “Shameless” Review

New Beliefs, Same Old Worldview

This is a topic that's been weighing on my heart a lot over the last year, particularly in recent weeks. In my conservative days, authoritarianism reigned supreme. We were told what to believe. We were told not to question. We were told not to disagree. We were told that if someone did not have the … Continue reading New Beliefs, Same Old Worldview

What Shame Tells You

Shame tells you that you are different. Shame tells you that there is something fundamentally wrong with you. Shame tells you that you have to hide so that no one knows how broken you are. Shame tells you that no one will love you as you are. Shame tells you that you will never be … Continue reading What Shame Tells You

Feelings Are Not a Threat to Our Spiritual Safety

The heart is deceitful. We can not trust our own emotions. We must use reason above all else because God gave us brains and He intends us to use them. If you're like me, these are all things you've likely been told during your entire experience with the conservative evangelical church. We're told to fear … Continue reading Feelings Are Not a Threat to Our Spiritual Safety

Braving The Wilderness with Brené

I just finished this book mere moments ago. Wow. I feel like this is the book I should have read about 15 years ago. When I didn't understand the difference between fitting in and belonging. I didn't understand boundaries. I didn't even know who I was, really. This is the book I should have read … Continue reading Braving The Wilderness with Brené