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The Pharisees, Jesus, and Drawing Lines in the Sand

The Pharisees, Jesus, and Drawing Lines in the Sand

  Growing up in the church it was always pretty clear to me who the bad guys of Scripture were. I knew that the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law were not down with Jesus and tried repeatedly to fool and shame him. But Jesus was too smart for them, instead skillfully and compassionately evading their traps: refusing to condemn a woman they wanted to stone, challenging them to study what is meant by God’s declaration “I desire mercy, not…

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Prayers for these United States of America

Prayers for these United States of America

I loved this liturgy of prayers from church on Sunday and wanted to share them with you, in case you are like me and are finding it difficult to know how to pray for our country these days. We pray for liberty for each human being, that no one is oppressed or exploited. God of mercy, hear our prayer. We pray for democracy, that each voice is heard, and no one is silenced. God of mercy,  hear our prayer. We…

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Sharing a story: Meeting God on The Mountain

Sharing a story: Meeting God on The Mountain

Doing something a little different today… Thanks for hanging out with me! I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment about what resonated with you in my story, or how you feel about me telling a story in this video format. And for fun, here is my friend Sasha’s blog. Pictures I promised…              

The Future Is Female

The Future Is Female

  Have you heard about the women leading the resistance movement these past few months? The women who organized the largest protest march in history? The woman who refused to argue Trump’s travel ban in court and was fired for it? Or the woman who issued the stay from the bench? The woman who persisted when she was told to stop speaking? The women who broke from their party for the sake of our nation’s children? Or the women sitting on…

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Woman, you are loved and gifted and called

Woman, you are loved and gifted and called

It happens without fail. Every.Single.Time. When casual conversation with old friends or new acquaintances turns to the fact that I am going to seminary, the next question out of the other person’s mouth is always what are you wanting to do with your degree? As in, what are your post-graduation plans? Why are you spending all this money? What is the job you are hoping to go after? And every time I smile, slightly shrug my shoulders, and admit I…

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Confession

Confession

  I confess my fear. I confess my lack of faith, in God and in my fellow human. I confess that I have turned up the noise and turned down the Spirit, intentionally fueling the rage. I confess my anger. I confess cursing under my breath and dreaming up twitter slams. I confess my judgement at perceived stupidity, outright hypocrisy, and deliberate misleading. I confess rolling my eyes and slamming my head so many times a day it might lead…

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My Pro-Life Ethic

My Pro-Life Ethic

Years ago during a meeting with my pastor I was shocked when he asked me if I was pro-life. I knew what he meant was are you anti-abortion so on that level I wasn’t really surprised. But the question really bothered me because I was a foster parent who spent much of my free time serving teen mothers, married to a man who’s recent journey with Jesus into Scripture had led him to take a pacifist stance. Wasn’t this pro-life activity in our…

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