This one’s for the girls…

If you feel like you are too overweight, if you feel like you are too skinny, this is for you. If you look in the mirror and see dark circles around your eyes, this is for you. If you stand on the scale and the numbers make you openly weep, this is for you. If you check your outfit and change six different times before going to class or work, this is for you. This is for all of us whom society has told we’re not pretty enough, too short, too tall, too thin, too fat, too young looking, too old looking and everything in between.  Continue reading “This one’s for the girls…”

When Safe Spaces Aren’t

Feb 26, 2008 may seem like just another day to most people, in fact it probably feels like a regular day to everyone else I went to college with.  Not for me, however.  You see, on Feb 26, I woke up and put on three loads of laundry and walked back to my room when my phone began to buzz.  The message was from our emergency alert system, informing the college campus that we were on lockdown.  There was a man on campus, with a gun. Continue reading “When Safe Spaces Aren’t”

Oh, The Places You Will Go

This past Sunday and Wednesday, I had the privilege of being able to preach in both Goodson Chapel (at Shenandoah University) and Oxnam Chapel (at Wesley Seminary).  I’ve attached the recording from my sermon at Oxnam Chapel, and I hope that you enjoy it.  The scripture passage was Acts 16:9 – 15.  I cannot believe that I have delivered my final sermons and that graduation is only nine days away!

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Dance in the Graveyards

The past month or so, I have been witness to communities mourning and grieving.  I wrote this sermon for my preaching class last year.  It is about Psalm 30 and the way in which I have fought and argued and danced around death with my God. I encourage you to listen to the following song, and then read the text.  It will all make sense, my friends.  I pray that you find some strength and hope in these words.

Delta Rae – Dance in the Graveyards

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Brokenness and Blessing

For the past three years, my mum and I have utilized my Spring Reading Week as a chance to get away, just the two of us.  We head to the beach and spend our week shopping, walking around and enjoying a break in the midst of our respectively busy lives.  This year, we headed to the beach and decided to take a road trip.  The following is what happened as we ventured around Charleston. Continue reading “Brokenness and Blessing”

The Least, the Lonely and the Lost

Survival.  To survive.  According to Webster’s dictionary, survival is “the state or fact of continuing to live or exist especially in spite of difficult conditions”.  In a time where people are talking about doomsday, the apocalypse, the rapture! survival is a key piece of that.  People are making their doomsday kits, filled with batteries, flashlights, cans of spam and other non-perishable items.  If it were me, I’d probably include the Harry Potter books and chocolate, but that’s my personal preference.

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An Officer and a Theologian

One of my opportunities for growth over the past two years has been to put myself into uncomfortable situations.  There are times when I have ran like my hair was on fire to avoid those situations.  No-one willingly wants to be uncomfortable.

At the beginning of this month however, I took the challenge on.  I decided to participate in a ten hour ride-along with the local Police Department. Continue reading “An Officer and a Theologian”