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When Your Past Thinks Your Present Is Going To Hell

My mom, who goes to plays regularly, was telling me about one she just saw called “The Christians” by Lucas Hnath. She loved it, and told me that the plot centers around a pastor of a megachurch who stops believing in Hell. I immediately asked for the screenplay, because obviously this sounded amazing. And it… Continue reading When Your Past Thinks Your Present Is Going To Hell

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Healing Spiritual Wounds Review: Chapter 1 “A Tree Grows In My Bedroom”

For the next few weeks, I’m going to be reviewing a new book by Carol Howard Merritt titled Healing Spiritual Wounds *(published February 7). I’ll write something about every chapter, but each chapter might not get an individual post. I think this book will be helpful to me (the first chapter certainly was!), but I’m trying… Continue reading Healing Spiritual Wounds Review: Chapter 1 “A Tree Grows In My Bedroom”

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On Forgiving Church For Not Being God

I recently read Spiritual Direction, a compilation of Henri Nouwen’s writings, for a class I am taking on the topic. I have deliberately avoided reading anything by Nouwen, mostly because other people have gushed about his life and called his works “life changing”. When people start drinking the Life-Changing Kool-Aid, I usually run the other way… Continue reading On Forgiving Church For Not Being God

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Backsliding Down The Slippery Slope

When I have taught university courses on Biblical Interpretation or New Testament, I have not been simply giving out information. Because I teach academically about topics that are intertwined with religion at a religious school, I am a unique sort of shepherd–I teach, I challenge, but I also pastor young students through spiritual crises and… Continue reading Backsliding Down The Slippery Slope

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Identifying as a “Former Evangelical”

I am a confirmed Episcopalian. When I attend church (about 2-3 Sundays per month), I go to an Episcopal church. I plan to have my children baptized in an Episcopal service by an Episcopal priest. I have (and use) a Book of Common Prayer. I tied a blue ribbon around my front doorknob during Advent.… Continue reading Identifying as a “Former Evangelical”

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On The Cross of Christ And The Agency of Christians

My husband feels uncomfortable if he gets too warm at night, whereas I like to pile mountains of blankets over my head leaving just my nose exposed to the world, but only for breathing purposes. If I could use a snorkel and keep my nose warm, too, without also being crazy, I totally would. We were… Continue reading On The Cross of Christ And The Agency of Christians

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When The Kingdom Doesn’t Come

The day after the election, I was scrolling through Instagram when I noticed a distinct pattern. Now, no one in my feed was rejoicing over Donald Trump’s election win, so know that my feed definitely leans one way more than another. But hear me out on this one detail. Most of the white women I… Continue reading When The Kingdom Doesn’t Come