When your VBS curriculum surprises you…

Dear Pastors, Kids Ministry Directors, and VBS Directors in the Great Plains Conference: Over the weekend, Group’s Vacation Bible School curriculum was the topic of much social media discussion and debate. Group describes its theme, Roar!, as an “epic African adventure [that] engages the whole heart.” At first glance, the theme appears to take on … Continue reading When your VBS curriculum surprises you…

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 … Continue reading Reaffirming my Baptismal Covenant

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 … Continue reading That Dirty “R” Word – Repentance

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, … Continue reading Renounce and Reject

Upside Down, not Trickle-Down

I’m sitting in my local Starbucks as I type this reflection. I can hear “The Little Drummer Boy” over the grinding of coffee beans as I take a sip from my tall red cup covered in cartoon Christmas lights. It doesn’t say “Merry Christmas.” It doesn’t even say “Happy Holidays.” And we Christians are freaking … Continue reading Upside Down, not Trickle-Down

Divine Disruption

I'm not a preacher. I'm a writer through and through - I'd much rather write out a sermon and just publish it. Someone else can read it, but please don't make me speak! Which is why this past week, I attended the Young Preachers Festival at Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City. At one … Continue reading Divine Disruption

10 Things More Dangerous than Target’s Gender Neutral Restrooms

Aw, heck. Target went and did it again. There's a lot of buzz going on right now about this "bathroom bill." I first heard about this whole deal on Facebook, and I have to be completely transparent here - I was not keeping up with state policy making. So as far as I knew, Target … Continue reading 10 Things More Dangerous than Target’s Gender Neutral Restrooms

Pistols and the Prince of Peace

Happy New Year! Well, I'm a few days late, but maybe I'm working on my type A personality as my NY Resolution, and I intentionally posted this late to get over my perfectionist tendencies. Or maybe I'm always late, and maybe I should just work on my time awareness this year. Don't ask my husband … Continue reading Pistols and the Prince of Peace

Political Punches and Jesus Jukes: Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

A poor teenage girl from the middle of nowhere with hardly any social services just found out she is pregnant. She's scared and lonely. Who can she turn to? She racks her brain for any and all possible options as she's faced with the thought that makes her sick to her stomach. How will she … Continue reading Political Punches and Jesus Jukes: Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

Political Punches and Jesus Jukes: Refugees and Immigrants

If you don't follow Humans of New York, go do that right now. Like, leave this blog, open up another tab, and do that before you read this. This article can wait for that. You're welcome. One of the most moving photos on HONY captures a woman in a colorful head covering and a zip-up … Continue reading Political Punches and Jesus Jukes: Refugees and Immigrants