There has been a time when you have questioned the core of what you believe. You laid in bed afraid of the consequences of sharing it or even found yourself lying with your hands raised in singing and proclaiming the very newly questioned belief. You might question the virgin birth, the resurrection, the miracles of … Continue reading Belief Struggles.
There is a character in the New Testament many of us know about: Judas Iscariot. Judas plays a key role in the story of Jesus the Messiah, for he is the one who reveals the location of Jesus to the Chief Priests. This started the process of Jesus being found guilty of heresy, ultimately leading … Continue reading Judas: Our Responsibility
I am a hypocrite. This is a realization I have come to after working nearly five years in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Being employed at this particular non-profit has given me the opportunity to work with real cases of poverty and abandonment. I go to food pantries and talk with the … Continue reading I Am A Hypocrite
You may know of a story in the Bible that features Pilate; if not, here’s a summary. He stood before an angry crowd of people accusing a man named Jesus the Messiah of blasphemy, because his teachings challenged the systems that benefited the elite and did harm to the most vulnerable. In an effort to … Continue reading Our Savior, Jesus Barabbas.
I remember where I was sitting, what I was feeling, and who was on my mind the evening of November 8, 2016. Rebecca looked at me with terror as the reality of a Trump victory creeped closer and closer with every swing state declaration. “Thomas, what is going to happen?” My eyes welled up with … Continue reading Making America Fear Again
During a period of my life, I was away from church for two years. A full year of this time belonged to deep reflection and atheism. I came to grips with the fact that the god I thought I worshiped was not the one I wanted to be ruling over me. I had spent the … Continue reading Leaving the Past: My Faith Journey
For too long, I lived serving a false god who hates, bars and favors. This god put borders over people, waged war against my neighbor, blessed some with the clothing sewn by slaves, provided food to some while others starved. A belief in such a god was like believing in Santa Clause. Santa seems to … Continue reading God is Dead. Follow Jesus.