There has been much discussion lately around this idea of hell. Readers have reached out to me on numerous occasions asking me the same question: do you think hell is a real place? I can almost hear the fear resounding in their words as they painfully type the question… It’s the question from congregants that … Continue reading What did Jesus really save us from?
There’s been a lot of talk recently around this idea of deconstruction inside the Christian faith. I think for many people, the idea of deconstruction can hold a variety of different meanings. Leaving many scratching their heads wondering, Is that me? If you find yourself questioning what you’ve always believed or what you were always … Continue reading To the Deconstructing Christian
Easter is often referenced as “holy week”. Depending on your background and personal story, the word holy can tend to have a lot of feelings associated with it. Growing up for me, holy week and Easter had a sweetness to it. Memories of Easter egg hunts in my Grandma’s backyard, to waking up to Easter … Continue reading Easter – when the definition of holy changed
Last year was my jump into a world of raw, honesty. Part of that honesty included admitting that I had neglected myself and my needs for far too long - and was paying a high price for it. Part of the price I paid was loads of stress and anxiety. This pushed me into a … Continue reading A look at anxiety and stress inside faith communities
I’ve called myself a “Christian” from the moment I could talk. Singing Jesus Loves Me was one of the first songs I ever sang. I got my first Bible in Elementary School and was playing CD’s of Amy Grant on repeat in my room as a pre-teen (I didn’t discover DC Talk and Jars of … Continue reading 2018 – Re-thinking my Christianity
The true meaning behind Pink’s new song, What about us? has become quite the topic of discussion. The first time I heard the song, it resonated with me, but I wasn’t exactly sure why. Johnny McDaid, one of the co-writers, said in an interview with Billboard, “sometimes when you're writing a song you don't know what … Continue reading PINK says what many of us are afraid to – the tie between God and the song, What about us?
As much as physical, mental and verbal abuse are worthy of conversation, spiritual abuse has earned a well-deserved seat at the table. Spiritual abuse has quietly lurked in the background of religion for centuries, yet many have stayed quiet. Although things seem to be shifting as more people are finding the courage to come forward … Continue reading Identifying Spiritual Abuse – Anger, Sadness and Learning to Trust again
Some of you seeing this title may already be up in arms, because you looooove your church. You love your pastor, your small groups, the kid’s ministry and the community you have built. I get it. And I love that you love it. Let me clarify that I am not devaluing your church encounters or … Continue reading Why many are leaving the mega church – it might not be a bad thing
I’ve been circling around writing this for a while. Some of you may be like, didn’t everyone get mad at Jen and Glennon like months ago??? Yes. Like you, I watched the storm rage around them and when the world moved on, I quietly watched the aftermath. Now, it’s Eugene Peterson’s turn. The sharks are … Continue reading Jen Hatmaker, Glennon Doyle, Eugene Peterson and the church
I’m taking a deep breath and am going to be real with you. This is a hard topic for me. Over the course of a failed marriage, church falling outs, parenting issues, career changes and a whole gamut of unexpected life obstacles, I’ve tasted the joy and healing of healthy friendships – I’ve equally swallowed … Continue reading The brave friend – who you need when life gets hard