Good Guys, Bad Guys and A Long-Overdue Apology

{A little over a year ago, I organized a #BlackLivesMatter protest in my city and preached a message on racial equality in my church. Some of what I said alienated my white friends, which I have been reluctant to address. I cannot back down on my position defending racial equality, but I see now that my … Continue reading Good Guys, Bad Guys and A Long-Overdue Apology

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The Right To Be Whatever You Are

I need to tell you something: I've been lying. Or at least shrinking the truth. It took me until Sunday night in a room full of Christmas carols to realize it. I stood up for the chorus, "Sing Joy", but I didn't feel joyful. And I finally knew why. I have so many reasons to … Continue reading The Right To Be Whatever You Are

How To Get Time Back

I used to hate November. It smelled of death. In November 1994, my friend Melissa's mom died of cancer. Melissa was only motherless for two years. In November 1996, Melissa died in a car accident, days after the anniversary of her mother's death. Four more years and another dear friend, Joe, died. It was another … Continue reading How To Get Time Back

Sometimes I Don’t Believe In Redemption

It breaks my heart to say this, but sometimes I think people can't be saved. Our church's mission is Live the Restoration, to literally display what the Gospel story looks like in my life so others can imagine it in theirs. Sometimes I pray for people I meet out in real life, or at work … Continue reading Sometimes I Don’t Believe In Redemption