Celebrating the Light for Church Leaders

Dear pastors, teachers, worship leaders, and Christmas Eve servants, I get it. Christmas Eve is a long day. Especially this year. Sunday morning AND Christmas Eve? Who decided that was a good idea?! If you're anything like me, Advent comes and Advent goes, and before you know it, it's Lent. Not much time to just …

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Lofty Expectations at Christmastime

Christmas in Texas is a big deal. For me, it’s a three day long affair, and the whole family shows up - grandparents, aunts, uncles, first-second-and-third cousins. And as our families grow, great-grandkids are in the mix. Potluck, loud laughter, fishing in the pond out back - because the pond is never frozen, y’all. Four …

Some exciting news!

“God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them.” Genesis 1:27 (CEB) Neil DeGrasse Tyson gets unusually excited when he explains how humans came into being. Our molecules can be traced to the stars that exploded billions of years ago, scattering gas clouds that …

Dear Graduates: Advice from a Millennial

Dear Graduates of 2017, Congratulations! You made it! You could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but now you're out of the tunnel completely! You're done. You took all the tests. You wrote all the papers. You did your time. On to the next chapter, friends. Transitioning out of high school is …

Reaffirming my Baptismal Covenant

OK, so I lied. Instead of writing about 3 R words, I’m doing four. Deal with it. When Jesus lovers are baptized into the Christian tradition, they take on a new identity – one that renounces the spiritual forces of wickedness, rejects the evil powers of this world, and repents of your sin. That’s really …

That Dirty “R” Word – Repentance

The other day, I talked about the first two R words in the baptismal covenant: renounce and reject. For someone like me, who is called to written word as a deacon in the United Methodist Church, the first two R’s are really easy. I see injustice, and I tell people about it. Sometimes loudly. What’s …

Renounce and Reject

I don’t have cable. I waste enough time on Netflix, and I get enough bad news on my Facebook feed everyday. Social media brings out the monster in just about everyone. Scroll for like, five minutes, and it’s easy to see that something has gone wrong in this world. Corruption, murder, terrorism, racism, Islamophobia, genocide, …

Our Baptismal Covenant

The other day I disclosed that I was baptized twice: when I was an infant and again in a youth group that told me my first baptism was illegitimate. I now see that this was clearly a denominational doctrinal difference, and I embrace my infant baptism as the real one. That second one was just …

Good Ol’ H2O

About 71 percent of this tiny swirling gem in the middle of our vast universe is covered up with water. Two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. Almost three-fourths of our home. The average human body is made up of 57-60 percent water. It’s in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the tears we …

Water, Soulmates, and Growing Things

I like to garden. I'm not very good at it, but it still brings me joy and inner peace in a way that really nothing else does. I'm from Texas, so waiting this long to put seeds in the ground only to have them swept away by the Kansas wind or the surprise freeze still …