Y'all - it's official. Last week, I was ordained as a deacon in full connection in the United Methodist Church! My ordination was the culmination of years of twists, turns, roadblocks and whiplash. It was the culmination of years of God beckoning me closer to God and neighbor and further from my comfort zone. It … Continue reading What happens when you say “yes” to God
I don't usually write poetry, but I did the other day. Fathom Mag solicited submissions for poems or essays from the perspectives of unnamed biblical characters, and I tried my hand at some poetry. It was a contest I didn't win, but I thought I'd share my submission with y'all. Here's my last two coins, … Continue reading My Last Two Coins
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 … Continue reading Celebrating the Light for Church Leaders
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 … Continue reading Lofty Expectations at Christmastime
“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 … Continue reading Some exciting news!
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 … Continue reading Dear Graduates: Advice from a Millennial
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 … Continue reading Reaffirming my Baptismal Covenant