Life

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 …

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 …

#LetGaryGraduate

Christian University holds education hostage: #LetGaryGraduate

The internet is in an uproar (and rightly so) after a gay man has been denied the right to graduate by his university, a school that has decided to hold his education hostage because he would not fall into line with their outdated views. Although by 2018 it was assumed the human race would have progressed to a point where …

Race, paradigms and privilege

Many of us were ashamed, though not surprised, to hear of some of the racial attacks on a local candidate during her campaign. After an article regarding this was shared to one of our local Q&A Facebook groups, an argument broke out over the use of the words “white privilege”. The statement had been used in reference to the number …

Why #Exvangelical and #EmptyThePews

Finding my way through deconstruction and back to reconstruction was hard. It wasn’t until I found the #Exvangelical community that I began to re-embrace my faith and figure out how to move forward in it. Before I get into what it means to be part of that and the #EmptyThePews movement, I want to give a rundown of what it’s …

Selfish Gain

We all are selfish at times. Sometimes we lose track of where the line of determination and self-care/support becomes selfish pursuit. It’s easy to convince ourselves that we are doing things for others, when in fact, it’s all about us. There are a lot of selfish people within the Church. People who take advantage of the hearts and generosity of …

How Creative Planning Keeps Me Motivated

Like many people struggling with mental health issues, getting motivated can be a challenge at times. For me, I basically have two modes — super motivated and completely unmotivated. Over the years, one of my biggest challenges has been finding ways to overcome this. Looking at what stifles your motivation can reveal a lot of interesting things. One of the …

Why Pregnancy April Fool’s Jokes are Cruel and Unfunny

Without fail, at least one person on my news feed annually takes the opportunity to make an April Fool’s joke about pregnancy. People laugh in amusement and then mock those who comment saying it’s hurtful. “Learn to take a joke!” “Take a chill pill!” And more recently, “You’re such a snowflake!” Here’s the thing though — there is literally nothing …