Local poem promotes racism & xenophobia

But perhaps, that is this man’s implicit intent? To tell everyone who is not a Christian that they are not valued. In that, I sure hope to God (quite literally), that this particular businessman does not have any clients of any other religious beliefs. Because if he does, in this awful piece, he tells them that their religions are ridiculous, and have no place here.

The arrogance of martyrdom

A common part of Christian Evangelicalism is the belief that it is the duty of the church to go out into all the world and take them the message of Jesus, whether they want to hear it or not. This message is to share what they call the “good news”; that we are sinful and sinners separate from God, without …

Farewell to an icon

Fans around the world began to mourn early Monday afternoon when it was announced Marvel Comics co-creator, Stan Lee, had passed away.   For those who are not part of the world of comic books, fantasy, and fandom, it may be difficult to relate to the depth of emotion those of us in that world were overwhelmed by. After all, …

Why are Nazi’s a thing in 2018?

This past weekend, 11 people were killed in a synagogue in Pittsburgh by a Nazi. A Nazi killed Jews, in America, in 2018.   In another event, a white man gunned down two black men when he was unable to enter a predominantly black church to carry out an attack.   After reading the news, I messaged a friend of …

Rot in hell (or at least in prison)

On Tuesday afternoon I opened Twitter to see a name trending that I would be happy to never see or hear again — Paul Bernardo. I’m not ashamed to say part of me was hoping when I clicked on his name, that the trending news would be that the man was dead. That he had finally kicked the bucket and …

Love Wins

Today is National Coming Out Day, a day recognized both to raise awareness for the greater LGBTQI+ community and provide a basic form of activism against homophobia through coming out to family, friends, colleagues, and living life as openly as possible as a member of this community. One of the biggest criticisms I still hear is “I just don’t understand …

Fire and Rage

I spend so much time filled with fire and rage. It burns so hot that it threatens to swallow me whole. This passion inside of me destroys me as much as it drives me. So many of us were raised believing fire and rage were bad. That we needed to put out the flames and fizzle out the fire because …

It’s okay to sit on your pain for a while

Last year at Thanksgiving, I was more grateful than I could remember being in a long time. Despite a very difficult two years, things seemed to finally be looking up.   As those of you who follow my columns know, things kind of went to hell right after. The miscarriage, the loss of a treasured job, and wrapped up with …

Power Corrupts, Especially In Evangelical Leadership

Abusive leadership. This is a staple of many Christian organizations, and it is unfortunate. The cliche phrase “power corrupts” comes to mind. I have witnessed over my years many kind, generous, well-intentioned people fall subject to this. And while, in many ways, they remain kind and generous, in others, they become the abusers themselves. There are often warning signs. In …