Below is a broadcast of an episode of Life, Love, Wellness that I participated in with Rev. Sandy Rogers out of Atlanta. Sandy has been a great spiritual influence in my life for her ability to fully integrate all of her experiences into her spiritual walk. My hope with this conversation is that people will … More Transforming Emotional Trauma
When I first decided that I was going to be a Christian, I knew that the endgame for me was being able to live the love of Christ expressed in the Bible. How I knew that I would have arrived was if I could–with a genuine heart–say the words, “Forgive them for they know not … More Who Is Qualified for True Love?
“I’m really not that scary.” That’s what I thought to myself when I saw the guy run into his house, close the door, and peep through the blinds as I walked by. I almost felt sorry for the guy for being that afraid. If he had taken a closer look he would have realized that … More No Fear In Love
Is there an ideal that you profess to believe, but that–for reasons you cannot readily explain–are quite incapable of expressing? Perhaps it is something as simple as eating healthier or watching less television. Or perhaps it is something much needed in this world like living into a society where inclusiveness and equality are not just … More Love Your Inner Me(s)
I am beginning this post with the question in my mind, “What is the most liberating message that I could convey to readers at this moment?” I’m asking this, because I want to make a positive contribution to some of what I am witnessing with people right now. When I asked the question to myself, … More According to the World’s Rules
After hearing about the recent shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling I started asking myself what I might be able to offer to the community in terms of creating an opportunity for transformation. Soon I was supplied with an answer and a subsequent confirmation. On Thursday afternoon as I walked down Pearl Street in … More Mixed Feelings on Race?
John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. … More Who Does Jesus Belong To?
Fear and God. For a long time those two words seemed not to go together for me. After all, in the book of 1 John we are told “God is Love” and despite how we tend to think of hate as love’s opposite, anyone who has ever loved knows that is inaccurate. Fear is actually … More The Privilege of Fearing God
As I mentioned in the video, today I was thinking about the burden of innocence that we all share and how Mary, the mother of Jesus, symbolizes that burden. Sometimes I imagine if some of us hurt folk were able to just pour out our hearts and tell the burdensome story of how we lost … More The Burden of Innocence
One of the words that freaks out many of my fellow liberal Christians and people abused by religion or even the people who qualify themselves as “spiritual but not religious” more than anything is “REPENT!!!” Sometimes I imagine myself saying it in a sermon and seeing people’s eyes bug out. They might say, “Oh crap! … More Where Are You?