I will be honest, I am ending 2020 in such a place of joy. This year was a heck of a ride, just as I am sure it has been for everyone else. I am concluding this year so different than this time last year, let alone even the beginning of this year. God has…Read more Habits I’m taking into 2021 —
*Before this post, I want to create some space to share some resources that I have been using to learn more about the current social and cultural conversation. And, I want to be mindful of continuing to create space for the voices that may need more space to be louder, and be heard. I found…Read more a self-reflection.
Over the past few days, I have felt it placed on my heart to talk about faithfulness. I want to start by asking the question “What is faithfulness?”. I think a lot of us associate being faithful with not cheating on our romantic partners. But apart from this, is there a universal definition? Oxford Dictionary…Read more Faithfulness
This post has taken many forms over the past few weeks, both mentally and physically. It has been written, deleted, restarted, renamed, deleted again. This has been an emotionally draining and stressful time for my husband and I, and gave us a really interesting perspective for Christmas. There are still a lot of emotions sitting…Read more Seasons // Seed to Sequoia.
In the past few days, I have encountered several situations and conversations that have made me wrestle with what I believe. I think this is important, as it is in the wrestle that we hold on tighter. I think, also, that it is important for us to name the things we believe and to be…Read more Things I Believe
A few weeks ago, I wrote post titled "Thoughts on Church", in which I reflected on the modern Christian church culture. I had been in the middle of re-reading Letters to the Church by Francis Chan at the time, and was experiencing a really big personal reevaluate of my church life. I have since finished the book, and…Read more Letters to the Church (Chapter 1)
I started this year listening to Letters to the Church by Francis Chan, through Audible. It was an impulse decision, and what a book. I listened to it, and then bought a physical copy, because I needed a space to underline, highlight, and make notes. There are so many nuggets of gold in this book,…Read more Thoughts on the Church.
My Religion professor is amazing. Today, she brought in Aaysha Noor, a Muslim woman and speaker, as a guest lecturer. (If you go to the linked website, Ms. Noor is the woman in the middle, in a pale pink head scarf.) Today was probably my first real opportunity to engage with Islam, apart from reading…Read more A Dialog with Islam
I've been struggling with whether or not I wanted to write this post. But I'm going to be vulnerable with you. I moved into my new college last Saturday. I moved in early because band camp was slated for the few days before Freshman Orientation. My brother, who is a freshman, moved into the same college…Read more Vulnerability.
In church this morning, my pastor referenced a book titled Whatever became of sin? by Sean Fagan. That title really caught my attention. Coming hot off my Morality Problem post, with all that research still buzzing through my head, I was a tad caught off guard. I wanted to say, "But Pastor Jerry, our culture is so…Read more What happened to sin?