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Dec 2014 Blue Candle

Healing Sanctuary

In the church parking lot, I was breathing deeply.  I knew that going inside was something I needed to do, but I also knew that it would be hard. I had no idea just how comforting attending my first Blue Christmas service would be. I was nervous about going.  I mean, who really wants to have to deal with grief in front of them like that?  So much of our … Read →

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Advent, 2014

You might be a preacher if … the refrains in your head after the non-indictment of Michael Brown's killer in Ferguson, MO are “your brother's blood is crying out from the ground” and “Rachel is weeping for her children. She refuses to be consoled, because they are no more.” You might hear those refrains intertwined with Ella's Song by Sweet … Read →

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Holy Sexuality

Let me be honest. I do not know a single friend or peer in my generation who has waited until marriage to have sex. I’m not saying they don’t exist; it’s just that I don’t know any of them. I have yet to attend a wedding where the couple is not already living together, or quasi-living together. It’s the nature of the time and place we live in. It’s what I … Read →

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The Single Rev by Choice, for a Season

You know the poem about how people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime? Singleness sometimes feels like it has come into my life (unbidden) for a lifetime, but I'm choosing it for this season. God and I have had words about this singleness business on more than one occasion. The arguments were particularly intense when I was in … Read →