Same-Sex Relationships and Christianity

This past fall, I read two books that were a huge comfort. The first was God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines. The second was: Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships  by James V. Brownson. I was very pleased to read these twoContinue reading “Same-Sex Relationships and Christianity”

On The Gift of Voice

I served as scripture reader in church today. It was only my second time doing so, but the only reason I don’t do it more is because sign-up is approximately 3 months in advance and it’s difficult to know my schedule that far ahead. It is not my first public speaking engagement–not by a longContinue reading “On The Gift of Voice”

Poem: Suffering Servant

PainPain fills my being.My heart clenchesMy eyes waterMy breath quickens.I amA suffering servant.Honor and loveHope and faithAnd strong determinationThese keep me moving on.“Why must I suffer so?”I cry to the Lord.The Lord answers me:“To teach others.To teach yourself.To forge youInto a shining light.”Peace fills me.I feel refreshed.RenewedI walk on.

Poem: Lord Of Night And Day

Close your eyes.Listen.Can you hear it?Can you seeWith sight beyond sight?When winds howlWhen thunder crashes;When seas rageWhen everything is dar;When all seems lost;God is there.God is Lord of night and dayOf all creationOf all time,God is always with you.I am full of darknessFull of painGod is always with m.eHe always has beenHe always will be.CloseContinue reading “Poem: Lord Of Night And Day”

On Baptism

This is my confession: I am Christian–but I have not been baptised with water. There are a few reasons for this, and I think the time has finally come to share them. I went through several seasons of faith in my early life: from a childish version of Christianity that didn’t survive contact with theContinue reading “On Baptism”

What Do You Hope For?

What do you hope for? It’s a question I’ve been asked many times in the past, and will undoubtedly be asked again. It’s been asked most by Christians in my life, but hope is definitely not the exclusive territory of Christianity. Hope has been even more on my mind of late–given how stressful and despair-invokingContinue reading “What Do You Hope For?”

Poem: Voices Of Creation

Listen, childCan you hear it?No, no, not with your ears onlyBut with your wholeBody, mind, and soul.Now do you hearThe voices speaking to you?The trees and the grass, rocks and seasThe birds and snakes, bees and deerAll creaturesAll creationSpeaking to you?“That’s animism,”The doubters say.“No, truly,”I reply,“It is the experienceOf a life spent learning how toContinue reading “Poem: Voices Of Creation”

Poem: Not Alone

Pain, pain, pain.I struggle to walkMy burden is great.The wind howlsThe storm ragesI grow weary.My voice cries outIn breathtaking despairTears flow down my cheeks.My steps grow slow and heavyFor love of friends and family.I ask for strength and guidanceIt is granted to me.Light shines inBanishes the darkFor a time I am who I was madeContinue reading “Poem: Not Alone”

Poem: What Lies Ahead

As I walked In quiet communion I asked the Lord What lay ahead for me “You will face great pain” The Lord answered quietly “And great troubles A hard road is meant for you A road with few signposts And oft you will be lost and confused Sacrifices you will be asked to make AContinue reading “Poem: What Lies Ahead”