Scripture, spiritual, theological

Jesus, Tired Out

If you're a lectionary user, you know this morning's gospel lesson (about Jesus and the woman at the well) was a particularly long, rich passage. There's much that could be said about this story as it unfolds -- but my spirit barely made it past the second verse. "Jesus came to a Samaritan city called… Continue reading Jesus, Tired Out

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mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual, theological

Finding Freedom From Shame

This was originally posted on the blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. A therapist once pointedly suggested that I was experiencing shame. I promptly suggested she was wrong. Shame is for people who’ve done egregiously terrible things, I thought (which is kind of all of us, I now realize, “for all have sinned and fall short… Continue reading Finding Freedom From Shame

church, ministry, Scripture

Discipleship According to Sara Bareilles

"I used to be scared of fire," I said calmly, as a thin flame danced before my face. I was serving as an acolyte maybe a month into my time at divinity school, recruited at the last minute to help with a chapel service. The kind of recruitment that starts with a simple favor (carry… Continue reading Discipleship According to Sara Bareilles

arts & creativity, church, Scripture, spiritual

Door of Hope: A Photo Essay

From last week's lectionary readings: "Therefore, I will now allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. From there I will give her her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor* a door of hope. There she shall respond as in the days of her youth, as at the time… Continue reading Door of Hope: A Photo Essay

church, personal, Scripture, spiritual

In a Foreign Land

"How shall we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?" - Psalm 137:4 I recently moved to the foreign land of North Carolina. To be sure, I am no Israelite in exile, for I chose to move here of my own free will, accompanied by all the familiar belongings that would fit in my… Continue reading In a Foreign Land