A Year of Personal Firsts in 2022

2022 was a challenging, interesting, and fulfilling year for me. I couldn’t have predicted many of the “firsts” that happened, but I’m thankful for all of them.

Deadly Contempt

I’ve noticed an interesting trend in my online discussions and readings: contempt as a starting point of interaction. I can only conclude that this issue has always been there, but I’m only newly noticing it. As I think about my own history, I realize that this was often how I…

A Man Shall Leave His Father and Mother

On this occasion of my 30th anniversary, I am finding that the most famous pair of Bible verses about marriage means far more to me than I ever thought possible, and it’s not just about marriage. I am called to leave many things, not just my father and mother, as I pursue the Lord and His calling on my life.

Boundaries

Boundaries are a good thing. I’m adjusting my boundaries on social media, so I have better chances to learn from others, and to minimize the emotional arguments that so often pop up.

Come Let Us Mourn and Rejoice TOGETHER

What if the very time we’re supposed to mourn with those who mourn is when we’re rejoicing over the very thing they’re mourning? Or the very time we’re supposed to rejoice with those who rejoice is exactly when we’re mourning the very thing they’re rejoicing?

Relics

Faith isn’t just carrying around someone else’s bucket of old dusty relics; faith is doing the hard work of examining each one carefully to see which are worth keeping.

To Be A Christian in Babylon

Taking Native American land and life to secure European refugees the ability to worship God freely is deeply enshrined in the Christian Nationalism view of American history. But that seems to run counter to the nature and actions of God described throughout the Bible.

Things I Have Learned This Year

I am finding that many things I was taught were dangerously one-sided and served to uncritically reinforce the views I was given. But when I add additional history to my understanding, I am forced to pull back from many conclusions and doctrines and political understandings.

Exposed by Change

Perhaps the truest test of a relationship is what happens when one of the people changes. It’s also the best chance to learn and grow.