Free To Love One Another or Afraid to be Free?

“if you loved me you’d let me die…” I went with a reluctant, heavy expectation to the Maundy Thursday service. My child’s words ringing in my ears.  My need was great. It hit me, sitting there.  I was in the middle of the Community of God, but felt utterly alone.  And it was all my fault. For I have […]

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{Enough, Continued …}

Part One of processing the book Enough is here. I read the book “Enough” by Will Davis Jr and wrote my review.  I kinda thought that would be the end of it.  Lesson learned – my More Than Enough, my Plenty, my Abundance can be or IS someone else’s Enough. Such a neat  idea in theory, but […]

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{Above all Love One Another: A confession on being an LGBTQ Ally & a Christian}

unless we’re all free, none of us are free. Kathy Escobar  a pastor and writer, challenged me with these words on her blog this week: “i’m a nut case for equality.  you hear me talking a lot about gender equality but that’s just because it’s a critical starting place.  when half of the population of the […]

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Why Stay in the Church? (Here’s Why I thank God for Mine.) UPDATED

God has many that the church does not have, and the church has many that God does not have.  ~ Augustine   Even though it is totally embarrassing to be labeled an “evangelical” Christian today, mostly because of the politicization of organized religion and because there are so many crazies on the religious right.  (I know.  I’m […]

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Why I am Afraid to Read the (entire) Bible

Here’s the honest and mortifying truth. I have never read the entire Bible, whole.  I have studied various books at length, sometimes on my own but more often with a group of others.  But I have never opened the whole of the great book of God’s WORD, Old and New Testaments, and soaked it in […]

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I Am More (a poem response to Blackhawk’s Sermon “Who Is Your God?”)

I Am More By Melody Harrison Hanson The future disturbs, chases at my sanity and sensibilities. I am scared of each intake of breath, every thought and this moment. I am stuck. The only thing that makes sense is Jesus. I lean in to Him.  I cry, ready for anything. If only I could cry […]

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Do You Trust God? (A response to Blackhawk’s sermon “Stop”)

BE REAL. One of the ways I’m going to do that – be real — is to write a response to the sermons I hear at my church, Blackhawk. These responses are not from the church, just my reflections.  I am always challenged by teachers at Blackhawk, sometimes profoundly, but I don’t — to be honest — always take the time needed […]

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Men have been talking about men for so long, they don’t even realize it.

I recently wrote about my frustration and confusion with the Church and particularly my church.  It seems to me the Church is ignoring the stories of women in the Bible, and historically as artists and theologians, and in the Church worldwide. Now I don’t have history or theological degrees, but it doesn’t take those to […]

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