Walking the Narrow Road

I needed to journal these thoughts out. I’m sharing them because I thought maybe some of you might relate. I grew up Quaker, which was a deeply personal, private Christian experience on many levels. But the thing about being a Friend is that your deeply personal, private Christian experience will undoubtedly manifest itself in a […]

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Avoiding God

Avoiding God I have a confession to make: I’ve been avoiding God. It’s probably a terrible thing for a minister to confess, one who works in a Baptist church, but I just… I just haven’t been feeling it lately. At some point in the last month, my desire to journal shrank as well as my […]

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Welcome the Poor to Church

How should you respond to someone who doesn’t look like you that wanders into your church? I’m not just talking about people who look like they stand outside of your normal social circle, I’m talking about the obvious ones: the homeless, the disabled, and those who quite literally walk in with everything they’ve got. It’s […]

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Paul and Your Revelation of Jesus Christ

I Haven’t Always Liked Paul If you’ve known me for a considerable amount of time, then you know I don’t always think highly of the apostle Paul. (If you don’t know who the apostle Paul is, then just know he’s credited with writing the bulk of the New Testament scriptures). I have always thought he was […]

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Fearless and Confident

Fearless and Confident The four of us were hunched under a dim light looming over the table. Beers were in hand and the conversation was electric as we recalled distant memories of one another. I met Josh and Tara Bruce while on the World Race in 2008. We spent some time in Thailand and Vietnam […]

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The Way You Should Go

“Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, ‘As soon as you see the […]

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Slow Down

Slow Down

The last three years of grad school felt like a blur, which gave me pause right after graduation a few weeks ago. I’m going to slow down, I told myself. And I have. I took a break from writing. I took a break from reading. I took a break from thinking about most things theological. […]

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On Hospitality with Abdul

As I scrunched myself into the back of his car, I said hello. He quietly said hi back and confirmed that I was, indeed, headed to the Chamblee MARTA station. It was my second time using Lyft, a service identical to Uber. I was using it because I had a $50 credit and was only […]

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