Few things have helped build my character more than my love for the Buffalo Bills — except for my faith. Both have taught me how to handle heartbreak, loss, expectation, and hope. As I think about how my faith and love of football have become part of my identity, and since the only thing I … Continue reading The Theology of Football: Advent Reflections
Y'all, we need to talk about sin. We need to talk about not only what sin looks like, and what it doesn't, but also how we must respond to sin. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus challenges us to "be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect." But, can we as Christians truly ever be perfect? John … Continue reading Bearing Each Others…Sins?
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of youbut to seek justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8) At the center of God's kingdom is relationship. God created humanity, not for God's own personal pleasure or gain, but out of love and desire for … Continue reading Prophetic Justice in a Modern World
I'm tired. I'm tired and I don't even have a right to say I'm tired. I'm tired of seeing our POC brothers and sisters oppressed, abused, murdered, lynched, and ignored. I'm tired of hearing their stories, watching their videos, seeing their tears, and feeling their pain. And yet, I have no right to be tired. … Continue reading To My Fellow White People
I know you are all tired of hearing about, talking about, and reading about the COVID-19 pandemic-- I am too. I am tired of talking about it, but I am not sure I am done talking about it, because this is not something that is going away,. Talking about it won't make it disappear, but … Continue reading COVID-19 Confessions
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, and I had intended to write something about the theological significance or whatever. But, why reinvent the wheel? Google it. Instead, this post will probably be more personal than theological-- which is typically the standard for me anyway. So, as I've been reflecting on life, here are my thoughts, and my … Continue reading Love, Lent, and Learning to Live
Before I started seminary, I was warned, by good-intentioned people, that I would probably question my faith. I was told this was okay, because it happened to almost everyone, and I would more than likely find God again, even if it wasn't until after graduation. Losing my faith in God was made to sound like … Continue reading Losing Faith but Finding God
*This blog is kind of long (Sorry not sorry). And yet, it still does not encompass all my experiences with seminary. Mostly what has been going through my mind in the past few days. I have so many more things I want to say-- so stay tuned and I may upload more that better explain … Continue reading Dissatisfaction?
Today marks the beginning of Advent. And I am really excited. I have always loved this time of year-- Advent-- but I have not always appreciated the significance of it. Growing up, Advent was always presented to me as the four weeks leading up to Christmas. We lit the candles, read the Scripture, and waited … Continue reading Advent: Hopeful Remembering and Patient Expectation
I was going to finish my blog about God using unexpected people to do unexpected things tonight. But I couldn’t. I was going to write about how I struggled today because I missed home so much more than I ever have before even though I’ve been gone way less time than I have before. But, … Continue reading An Overwhelming, Open Letter