Choosing To Be Oblivious

“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” – Toni Morrison This quote is the ringer for us to answer the call and listen to what people of color have been saying about racism.  This is our clue that we can’t deny.  When I say “we” I’m talking to my fellow white…

Community Is Discovered

Community is not created.  We are already connected to one another.  The moment we realize a connection between ourselves and another person is when we begin to build community.  It is these connections that lie under the surface which we fail to see because of the barriers constructed either by ourselves or the culture in which we live.  If we…

LOVE ENDURES | Broken & Contemplating

Wishing violence upon someone or carrying out a violent act looks NOTHING like Christ – NOTHING.

We are called to be men and women who stand up for the oppressed.

We are urged to be a people unified in their love for those who don’t look like us, think like us, vote like us or believe like us.

The Jesus I read of in the ancient texts is one who would mourn with those families of loved ones lost through all of the violent acts we’ve seen so publicly in the last week. He would be in Dallas, and Baton Rouge, and Falcon Heights.

I believe His heart is broken because we would rather argue about who is right and live in denial of oppression than really look at the system and walk with those suffering in hopes that we could bring more hope, grace, and peace through sacrificial love.

A New Radiance | The Christmas Story

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I…

What If?

I once read, “What would the world think of us if we stopped demanding our way and starting laying down our lives and living sacrificially?” What if? What if we stopped complaining about gay rights or homosexuality hurting the sanctity of marriage and we actually began to stand up for the oppressed homosexual community with…

The Leisurely Stroll

Tonight in our round table discussion group we discussed living a life that is ironic.  We have detached ourselves from our beliefs in a way that puts just enough distance between us and what we find in scripture or even what we feel like God is urging us to do, that we can not do…

What’s It Going To Be?

Today, what’s it going to be? Will you continue to walk on the paved, often swept, pebble free path of the modern stereotypical american christian life? or Will you choose to go off the path and into the wilderness, where the unknown awaits?  The possibility of attack lurks around every bend.  At times, there is…

Spotty Teachings

I recently joined the REVOLUTION!!!  Well, I’m not sure it’s the Revolution, but I did join Spotify.  If you don’t know what Spotify is, take a quick jump to the site.  The gist –  it is a music sharing website.  You can share your music with other Facebook friends and they can share their music…

Find Someone

All I would like to do today is encourage you to find a person or persons to have meaningful conversations with.  Find people who love God enough to have conversations with each other that don’t end in someone being angry or bitter.  Community is essential in this life and a massive part of community is…

Serving Through Distribution

As i sit in the comfort of my sufficiently cool duplex, God tears my heart apart for the poor.  He opens me up and pours in the reality of the kingdom.  The kingdom of God is a kingdom of service, not a kingdom of power.  Every time God begins to teach me something, He starts by…

Us And Them

My son, Kye, turned 4 in May.  He has grown up so quickly.  It has been absolutely insane to watch him develop into this little person with quirks and humor.  Truly I cannot grasp how this all happens in just 4 years.  He has now been attending his Pre-K school for one week and HE…

short and sweet

today’s blog – short and sweet. enjoy every minute you have. savor your relationships. love everyone you meet with a love unsurpassed by any before. spend as much time in the company of people who don’t believe anything you believe. remain teachable – teachable moments happen all around you and often at the most unlikely…

making the shift… soon i hope

over the last 3 years i’ve had this urge inside of me to live differently.  in the beginning stages it was a conviction on how big of a home i wanted, the food i was eating, the clothes i was wearing.  there became in increasing awareness of how my decisions, the daily decisions, effected people…

segregation alive and well

i wonder if all of my friends are friends because we have things in common? over the last several months i’ve been involved with a sunday evening college/20 something’s group.  i’ve been traveling a lot as of late for photography so i haven’t been there as much as i would like, but i’ve committed myself…

i’m going to heaven baby!

as i’ve begun reading, researching and asking questions about what salvation means, rather, how do we define it, i’m learning that the majority of people responding believe that salvation, connects us to God.  i would agree with this whole heartedly, but i’m concerned with the idea of God being somewhere “out there” or salvation happening…