I am an eternal optimist. I look for the best in people. Always. My greatest bent in life is to look for the ways in which things and people, systems and structures may be restored. I just see hope and potential everywhere. Brokenhearted people, antique furniture, neighborhoods crumbling under the foreclosure crisis, students who have […]Read More Heartbroken, Yet Still in Pursuit of Justice
I grew up idyllic and carefree in a valley just beyond the coal fields in West Virginia. I heard about abuse, I read about it, I knew that it sometimes happened. That sometimes a woman would get beaten by a boyfriend or husband. I knew about rape, but it never happened in my world. It […]Read More #Justice: A War Cry Against Gender-based Violence
According to Business Insider, Christmas is the biggest commercial holiday celebrated in the U.S. In 2011, consumers spent just over $700 in gifts alone. $400 of that was spent on gifts for children. We spent another $2.6 billion in paper to wrap all that crap up. Paper that would be promptly torn, crumpled, shoved into […]Read More A Guide to Sustainable Christmas Celebration: Part 2 Experience not Excess
This is the third post in a series discussing the book Dangerous Presence by Jason Butler. You can read more or purchase the book here. “Americans typically don’t like risk. We see risk as bad, dangerous. Risk can get us into trouble, ruin our finances, and mess up our future. Most of the time, we […]Read More Dangerous Presence: Risk Management
He’s exactly what you would expect of a 6th grade boy. High energy, an alternately charming and maddening blend of extreme silliness and budding sarcasm, an affinity for jokes involving rude body noises and a distaste for homework. He can be tough, he puts effort in to his “devil may care” demeanor. Tried to cover […]Read More Did You Forget?
“Jesus and justice go together” he said. It’s no news to me at this point, in some ways it’s astonishing to me that this is still news to some of my brothers and sisters in the U.S. Church. I forget sometimes that my journey into God’s heart for justice is only a few years […]Read More Synon(amiss) – Why our approach to justice and mercy is missing the mark
I am so excited to be sharing this book with you today! Recently Jason Butler the lead pastor at Transformation City Church released his first book: Dangerous Presence: Following Jesus into the City. So, yes, the book is written by the lead pastor of the church I serve in; it is in large part the […]Read More Friday Book Club: Dangerous Presence