Yesterday morning, I sat in the rocking chair in my six-week-old Jessen’s room and watched him sleep. School shootings have always wrecked me. But now they do on a different level. I found myself thinking about his first day of kindergarten. How it’s supposed to be such an exciting day, but one that I’m already … Continue reading Power. Love. A sound mind.
“The ultimate test of one's faith is his ability to say ‘But if not.’" - Martin Luther King Jr. On Sunday, our pastor challenged us to listen to one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermons. So, I listened to and read through the transcript of his sermon “But If Not” from 1967. In reading through … Continue reading But If Not – MLK Day reflections
“Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping...” - Matthew 26:40 I’ve heard a lot of people use the phrase “every step an arrival.” As I watched the Derek Chauvin trial yesterday, and ultimately saw the verdict rendered, this phrase popped into my mind. But to my white brothers and sisters in particular, … Continue reading A step, not an arrival.
A brief response to the Atlanta shootings. The night of the Atlanta shootings, I had a nightmare I was involved in a mass shooting. I was huddled under a chair, hearing shots ring out around me, when I woke up in a panicky but grateful sweat. It took a long time before my husband was … Continue reading Jesus wept.
Christian Nationalism misrepresents Christ and Christianity. I had a moment of reckoning with my road rage when my church handed out bumper stickers with their name and logo on them this past fall. As silly as it may seem, having that bumper sticker on my car is a weird reminder that I’m no longer just … Continue reading Citizens of Heaven, part 2
Confession: I love The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. In my opinion, there’s no better way to end a stressful Monday than by texting my sister, mom and girlfriends as we dissect every ounce of drama that goes down all in the name of finding love. For those who aren’t familiar with the show, the drama … Continue reading What The Bachelor Taught Me About Cancel Culture
Understanding Christian Nationalism Slowly over the last several years and heightened in the last several weeks, we’ve seen the phrase “Christian Nationalism” crop up. While undertones of Christian nationalism have always been in existence, it seems like it’s been percolating more than usual in recent history and then exploded in the wake of Joe Biden’s … Continue reading Citizens of Heaven, part 1
For many people, this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday might be hitting harder than usual. While injustices towards our black brothers and sisters have been going on literally for centuries, it definitely felt like 2020 was the impetus for a renewal in the prioritization of racial reconciliation and justice. We began to see people come … Continue reading This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, do more than post a quote
“For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45 It’s not lost on me even as I write this blog the power that words can have. They can bring life or they can bring death. They can tear down or they can lift up. It’s a funny concept to think about … Continue reading The weight of our words