I go to a non-denominational church. It is a pretty big church actually, with a total of 5 services on Sunday (3 in English and 2 in Spanish). The kid department is overwhelmingly large (trust me, I used to work in it). The people are great though. In my past experiences large churches were just … Continue reading The Church
Great post. I have found myself in a conversation about this constantly – it is all about love. Follow Jesus and the example that he has set for us. We are not better than each other as people, we are all flawed and we have all sinned. What we can do is love each other.
The other day, Zac and I went into a retail store and were greeted by an associate.
I soon recognized the associate as someone I used to go to church with years ago. Someone close to my age, who I had shared many years sitting next to in our small little church.
But, he had changed.
He was now a she.
I could tell my friend recognized me, but didn’t think I would recognize them. They helped me around the store and their hands were shaking almost uncontrollably the entire time.
I knew why.
They were afraid.
Afraid of what I might say if I caught onto who they were.
Afraid of seeing the shocked Christian look of horror on my face.
Afraid of my judgement or God knows what Bible verses I just might hurl at them.
Afraid of being shamed.
And it BROKE MY HEART.
I decided to…
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I feel like I need more time in the day, don't we all though? Currently I have my college classes and classwork, a newish workout schedule, 40 hour work weeks, weekly grocery store trips, cooking, baking, fun activities, and maybe socializing somewhere in there. I wonder where I fit in the time to read and … Continue reading Time, Time, and More Time
Well, I am officially 20 years old.. yikes! I am actually still really young, hopefully with a lot of years to live and a lot of adventures to take. My birthday was Friday, and what a great day and weekend. I love birthdays - not just mine - but all birthdays. Birthdays are like a … Continue reading To a New Age
Okay guys, stop going to court over the word God. GOD GOD GOD GOD. There I said it. I find it saddening to hear how many people try so hard to remove God from every. little. thing. "In God We Trust" "One nation under God" God in school, God in the workplace, God in the world. … Continue reading In God We Trust
On Saturday I wrote a post for Autism Awareness Day, and ever since then, thoughts about autism, disability, the church and goodness knows what else have been bouncing around my head. It’s like a whack-a-mole game in there sometimes.
One thing that’s been interesting this week has been the way in which Autism Awareness Day/Week/Month is framed in terms of language. Some autistic commentators prefer the use of ‘acceptance’ over ‘awareness’; others find that, on April 2nd, they become a resource for everyone who wants their awareness of autism raising and that becomes exhausting when you find social interaction difficult in the first place.
All that in mind, I’ve been thinking about how this relates to autism and the church, because that’s my hobby horse. And if autism is a spectrum, so is our ecclesiastical response to it.
It starts with awareness, of course, it has to. There has to…
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Guys, I went into my towns courthouse for the first time yesterday! It was weird, but just like you see on the movies! I was very intrigued by the whole process. I also hate that it was such a big deal for one simple piece of paper. I am a law abiding citizen (except for … Continue reading Episode 1 – The Only Episode That Never Ends
The other day I was chatting with one of my coworkers, and a family friend of about ten or more years, and he told me, "You are always happy," and that really got me thinking about how much of a 'fake front' I have put up for most of my life. To this day, I … Continue reading Perception: Me Versus the World
If I were to tell you my Testimony as a Christian one year ago, I am not sure I would tell you the same thing that I would today. I am going to walk you along my journey, my testimony, and how my testimony has changed. The Before: You see, for the longest time I … Continue reading Before and Now
***This is a true story*** ***DO try this at your local grocery story*** ***No cucumbers were harmed in the making of this story*** So my brother and I do the weekly grocery shopping for my family and we go to the store on Friday night because they are not as busy. Now the store is … Continue reading The Great Cucumber Battle: Lightsaber Edition