Shining Light in the Darkness: Searching for Hope in the Midst of Tragedy

Two weeks ago today, a fire started in the Smoky Mountain National Park spread furiously into the City of Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas of Sevier County, Tennessee. Thousands of acres burned, homes and businesses were destroyed and 14 people died as a result of this tragedy. While travesties of this nature are not restricted[…]

Seasons of Change

Isn’t it frustrating how at some point in college you realize your mother really was right all along? All those tid bits of advice that at the time felt like nagging, turns out they were actually valuable insights into the cycles and seasons of our lives. As some of these seasons are changing I can’t[…]

Here I Am Again at The Lord’s Table

I keep coming back to this. And my Lord I have so many essays to write and here I am doing this. I’ll be brief. So last week I went to a discussion about religion in politics held by the PCUSA ministry and a non-denominational one. Two different ministries with a wide spectrum of political[…]

In Defense of “Safe Spaces”

  “Safe Spaces”, chances are that you have heard this term before, maybe in an article, or on television, or just in regular conversation. I would also wager a bet that the context you heard this term was a less than positive context. I have heard it many times in reference to “millennials” and the[…]

Spoiler Alert

Don’t you hate when someone spoils your favorite showby revealing some key piece of plot information? Good grief, I do. I try to avoid these “spoilers,” as they’re called, like the plague but the internet seems to be full of them. They’re like little landmines that you stumble across and, before you know it, your[…]

Politics, poker, and the Lord’s table: Love’s amazing power to unify

I don’t like politics. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the opportunity afforded me to vote, I don’t like politics, mainly, because I don’t like to know what people think about issues that are divisive and polarizing. As grateful as I am to have the privilege to add my voice to the governing of the[…]

Their Blood Cries Out

A lot of folks ask me about my tattoos and I’m happy to share the meanings behind them. If you know someone with tattoos, it’s definitely appropriate to ask about their tattoos. I mean, I didn’t just accidentally get a half-sleeve on my left arm. One of my major tattoos is a bit odd. The[…]

Exclusive Interview with Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

I must admit, I get star struck by presby-celebs. I have a hard time keeping it cool when I’m around academic superstars like Dr. Brian Blount and Dr. Katie Cannon, powerhouse pastors like John Morgan, cutting-edge colleagues like Brittany Porch and Howard Dudley (don’t worry if you weren’t selected for this, I am doing pairs…there are[…]