I Surrender All (Learning to Breathe Again)
Blessed are the Refugees, for they are welcome in the Kingdom of God.
It is so hard to believe that it has been a year since I got a call asking if I would accept a ministry position at a wonderful United Methodist faith community in Huntsville Alabama. A year since I quit a job that was literally killing me, packed my things, and loaded my family up to move to a new place, to start a new job, and to start a new chapter of our life doing the one thing that had almost left us completely broken just a few years prior.
I never thought I would be back in ministry. Hell, if I am being honest I was not even sure I would ever be committed to a local church again.
At the base of a hill during the cool afternoon we sit with a multitude of others who have followed a Rabbi from Nazareth out into the countryside. Some of us are waiting expectantly for whatever discourse he is about to give, some of us are here because we just had to know what all the fuss was about, others here because quite frankly we find it hard to believe that anyone from Nazareth has much good to say.
Brick and Mortar Gods
The Sun was darkened, the moon turned to blood, and in a flash the Western sky was rent and the earth trembled beneath a voice like that of an archangel.
The king of Kings had returned.
The Lord of Lords.
The long awaited day of the second coming of the Son of God had finally arrived.
I Deny the Resurrection
I labored by the sweat of my brow for thorns and thistles; the ground producing what you commanded and you still would not accept it!? So what was I supposed to do? Lord.... The fruit of my labor was not good enough... It was blood that you wanted and blood I gave to you.
Practicing Resurrection (All Saints Day)
Despite how often I study the scriptures, pray, meditate, and seek to experience the God of Jesus Christ (the God of resurrection) I still find myself denying the Resurrection.
As Christians we await not the destruction and death of creation and the world we now inhabit but rather it's true birth. We know that death is merely a stepping off point between this age and the age in which all things will be set right. The age in which the whole sum of creation will be swallowed up in the divine glory of the incarnate word of God, our Christ.
Advent For The Rest Of US
It has been one month since I decided to quit my job, uproot my family, and move nearly two hours away to a city where we basically do not know anyone all to take a job making roughly $8k less a year...
As leaves in the wind
So! As you may know, the historical (liturgucal) Church year has become highly important to me over the last couple of years! That being said, one of my biggest goals of mine is to help those that are more unfamiliar with the liturgical year and how it can be super become more acquainted with it.
There's a wolf in my heart!
For a little over two years our little family has struggled. We have struggled with our faith, our relationship, our dreams, our hurts and our place on this tiny pale blue dot.
YOUR GOD IS TOO SMALL
For the last year I have been working on an epistolary style fiction story on and off as inspiration comes and goes. Below is a short excerpt from the main protagonist Alexander Hall (also the narrator). To give some context he has been shipwrecked on an unknown island(?) after setting sail for a world he has only seen in his dreams. Since losing the ship and washing up on this island he has been stalked by a pack of wolves for days. This entry in his journal comes right after he has a direct run in with the pack leader.
Pax Christus: A word to Christians on Memorial Day.
Really, I did.
In the past few years it has become increasingly hard to not severe myself from evangelicalism altogether. I spent years swallowing questions and telling myself I just did not believe hard enough. I even told myself that my heart was just deceiving me. After all it was you that taught me my heart was deceitful above all else, was it not?
Echo: Prayer Manager (Sort of a review)
Jesus came offering a new way to see and live in the world. A way that stood in direct opposition to Rome and its gospel of Pax Romana. A way that the apostles and church Fathers were so convinced had the power to reshape all of creation that they were willing to die for it. But not by going out with a fight. No! The gospel of Jesus led them to abandoning the sword and the false idea that war was a viable means of progress.
God our Mother
“Echo’s number one goal is to help people pray. Whether it be to simply keep track of prayer requests, give space to engage with God, or simply help remind people to pray… Echo is a tool to help Christ-followers engage with God.”
As a young teen who craved for a consistent Father figure it only made since that at the onset of my faith I would best understand God as "Father." But these days, more often than not, I find myself praying "Our mother who is in Heaven..."
Akedah (A midrash of Genesis 22)
"Before time dawned and space was called to be, before the heavens were stretched out and filled with a sea of stars, before the earth was summoned and filled with people and life and endless beauty, before there was anything, there was the Father, Son and Spirit and the great dance."
-C. Baxter Kruger
I can not forget the feeling of those ropes tied so tightly around my wrists. There has not been a single night that I have stopped shaking since you held that knife above my chest, father.