The Bible holds within it stories of holiness elongated into a sustained encounter with another. We call that friendship. The story of Naomi and Ruth tells us how women’s friendship is sustenance through times of adversity and peril. This is a chronicle of survival and difference. At the beginning of the book of Ruth, two … Continue reading Ruth Taught Me The Power of Female Friendship to Overcome Death
(An adapted excerpt from “Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S) Dear Church, how the hell did we get here? The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the whitest denomination in the United States. Many of our congregations are in decline, and our society is becoming … Continue reading Dear Lutheran Church, How The Hell Did We Get Here?
Feeling deep gratitude for my family, Church of All Nations, as I reflect on the Santa Lucia celebration we shared together recently. Santa Lucia is a Swedish holiday recognizing the Italian St. Lucy, known for aiding persecuted Christians during the Roman Empire. It is also a welcoming back of the sun during the darkest time … Continue reading Celebrating Scandinavian Heritage Without Upholding White Supremacy
There’s a lot at stake in conversations surrounding missions. Most missionaries have packed up their belongings and made a huge life-altering move to another side of the world—their change of address is transcontinental. They’ve likely fundraised from multiple churches and individuals, invested months and even years of their lives discerning their calling before going all-in … Continue reading Chau’s Death is a Tragedy of Arrogance and Hubris. Let’s Learn from His Mistakes.
The doctrine of original (or universal) sin says people are born with a tainted or sinful nature. Meaning there is some propensity for evil within us, or that we are born separated from God due to the sins of the first humans. This conclusion is draw from the creation narratives in Genesis. For centuries we’ve … Continue reading Original Eroticism: God saw that it was good, why don’t we?
Remember the pop-Christian phase of the early 2000’s? Christianity sought, as it always does, to relate to younger populations. This era’s strategy was a turn toward a pop-Christian aesthetic: urban God apparel donned with “Jesus is my homeboy”, hip-hop gospel, Christian fiction marketed to teenage audiences, even performance poetry- all meant to instill in budding … Continue reading From Abstinence to Raising a Man-Boy Husband? Christianity Asks Too Much of Women