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Beautiful Trauma?

P!nk's hit song "Beautiful Trauma" hit the airwaves in fall 2017, right as I was taking a graduate course on trauma, including theoretical, clinical, and pastoral perspectives on trauma and recovery. Intrigued by the pop song's title, I've wondered ever since its release: Can trauma be beautiful? If so, how? To which my initial response… Continue reading Beautiful Trauma?

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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

arts & creativity, spiritual

The Spiritual Discipline of Instagram Use

“Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies.” – Sherry Turkle This Fall, I'm taking a course on "Intro to Christian Spirituality" with Dr. Lauren Winner, in which we are tasked with completing the following assignment: Technology Fast: For one week this semester, fast from cell phones and Internet-based communications technologies (e.g., email, Instagram,… Continue reading The Spiritual Discipline of Instagram Use

arts & creativity, church, spiritual

“Trade These Ashes In For Beauty”

I happened to hear the song "At the Foot of the Cross" among a mix of other songs today. Even though I've heard this song countless times at church and campus ministry gatherings, one line struck me this time -- probably because today is Ash Wednesday. "Now I can trade these ashes in for beauty"… Continue reading “Trade These Ashes In For Beauty”

arts & creativity, stories

Stop and See the Skyscrapers

*a class assignment to write about something that brings us joyOne clear Sunday afternoon in August 2010, my parents and I went out for lunch at my favorite Colombian café, nestled in uptown Dallas, and then for a drive past the famous city skyline. When the skyscrapers were close enough to be seen well but were far… Continue reading Stop and See the Skyscrapers