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

Atheists Aren’t A Threat

If you've spent any time in evangelicalism, you've most certainly heard the narrative that atheists are fools, bad people, bitter people. Atheists are nihilists without a moral code. We need to stop. It's hurtful. It's false. It's a lie. It reflects poorly on the God that we worship when we say this nonsense. Atheists are … Continue reading Atheists Aren’t A Threat

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

Damaged Goods: The Book

Damaged Goods by Dianna E. Anderson is my latest read. You need to read this now. All of you. Stop what you’re doing and hop over to Amazon and get a copy. Then come back to finish reading this, please. This is the book I wish I’d read before I started dating. This is also … Continue reading Damaged Goods: The Book

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