I was introducing my 5 year old niece to Wonder Woman yesterday via the scene with her storming no man’s land between the trenches in WWII. Niece, sat wearing her brother’s hand me down Hulk costume over her tutu and Minnie shirt, seeing Diana tossing bullets aside decided that maybe Wonder Woman was worthy of her time and asked if we could go back to the beginning and watch it. It’s difficult to get anyone to compete with the strength and smashing of Hulk in my niece’s eyes so I was pretty chuffed she decided to consider the idea of … Continue reading The Provacativity of Courage
This week a married friend asked about dating and what it’s like right now. I want to say thrilling but my words are more likely exhausting? Frustrating. Weird. Really weird. Soul sucking at times. Still-foolishly-hopeful? Occasionally fun? Is there one expression to capture of all those? This is what dating would be like in my imaginary world: Meet someone. In.real.life. Probably through friends or a common interest. He’s cute. He thinks I’m cute. But also thinks I have said something that is profoundly wise or witty (Basically depth. Please like me for more than just my butt.) and wants to … Continue reading Dating in 2019
We don’t need to close ourselves off from the world in order to maintain the status of “Christian country.” It’s a myth that we are anyways. Both the Bill of Rights and my general Christian conscience motivates me to welcome Muslims, Hindus, atheists and anyone else wanting freedom and a place to grow and raise their family. I’m not a religious pluralist. I think Jesus is the only way to get to God but I’m not afraid of changing demographics. The gospel stands up in a pluralistic society so let’s welcome those who are religiously different. I trust the power … Continue reading The Gift of Asylum Seekers to the Church
New Zealand experienced its worst terrorist attack in history as Muslims attended Friday prayers in Christchurch NZ with over 49 killed by a gunman and accomplices. How should the church respond? Romans 12:15 tells us we should mourn. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” The life of a Christian is marked by a change. How we interact with God, neighbors, and self is affected as we meet Jesus and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, changing the heart of a Christian to be countercultural. Right now, there is a growing fear of the “other” across the US, Europe, and Australia which is an evil … Continue reading Calling the Church to Mourn for the Mosque
Politics is a dirty game. It is divisive usually, but now especially, so it is not surprising that I hear many of my fellow evangelical Christian slate off politics for the gospel. “I don’t do politics. I am a gospel person.” I can appreciate that. The gospel is the good news of Jesus for all people. I can see why it is attractive to be about Jesus over what feels like the most divisive parts to our society. I would say in large part, that describes me as well. I can hardly think of a friend of mine who is … Continue reading Why the Christian should care about public policy
How much have you considered where you were born and its impact on your life? My reflections started when I was young. We would visit poor villages in Mexico to visit family friends of my grandparents and mother or relatives of my aunts and uncles and my mom would lecture me before we went, “Christy, people are going to offer us hospitality and they will give you the best they have. You are to eat whatever they offer and say thank you. No complaining and no comments if it’s not what you are used to.” I didn’t understand words like … Continue reading Deserving my Citizenship: Reflections on grace and generosity
We need to sit down and have a family conversation America. Portland Oregon, December 22, as 2019 was fast arriving, another black man was racially profiled, had the police called on him, and he was shamefully kicked out of a Doubletree hotel he was staying at as a guest. His crime? Talking on the phone to his mother in the lobby while black. The US feels more divided than ever. When we say “Black Lives Matter,” people hear instead that we are against the police. When athletes take a knee in civil protest at a game to remind people of … Continue reading Again.