The Ministry of Disappointment


I grew up as a church teen in the 1990s. Kirk Franklin had just proved that gospel songs could be played in church and in the club. Gold and purple “Jesus Is Lord” banners were …


October 06 2014

The Breakfast Club


Her tears were watery magnifiers - incredible resolve damming a river - making her impossibly blue eyes look bigger and bluer. I hadn't known when we made our plans the conversation would go so deep, so fast. …

Persecuted Christians, Western Christians


“When you’ve had any contact with real persecuted minorities you learn to use the word very chastely. Persecution is not being made to feel mildly uncomfortable. ‘For goodness sake, grow up,’ I want to say.” …


October 02 2014

Speaking of the Spirit


Ten years ago we built a house. Correction--we contracted with a builder to construct a home for us. We watched as they poured the foundation on our selected cul du sac lot, as they framed …

Tables of Confrontation and Reconciliation


At the seminary, in the cafeteria, there were round tables. Right in the middle. Around the perimeter there were rectangular tables up against the windows. There was a table for the Latin@s, a whole section for …

when mama mary showed up in my garage and how i do faith now


I I was a good Protestant until Mary, Mother of God, showed up in my garage. There’s really not a poetic way of talking about this. I am now one of those people you see on whatever …

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