I Am A Hypocrite

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

Values

For me, living a contemplative life started with determining my values. When a person comes to the understanding of what they value, it helps set the foundation for how a he/she lives their life. My beliefs are really only augments of what I value, and starting with that gave me the foundation I needed to … Continue reading Values

The Throne Room

Peter Rollins tells a parable similar to this one:  Imagine yourself as a pious Christian person who has gone to church every Sunday, Bible Study on Wednesdays and even occasionally volunteered in the food pantry having died and then goes to heaven. You are looking forward to seeing St. Peter at the gate with his … Continue reading The Throne Room

Burning Bibles

Imagine with me a pastor walking through the city on an azure winter day, clear skies with a wind that is chilling enough to appreciate the coziness of your clothing. On his walk he sees a homeless man sitting in an alley with a small makeshift cardboard shelter, a blanket, a pillow, and a shopping … Continue reading Burning Bibles

Some Thoughts on Voting

Every year we approach the polls with some sense of self-responsibility, sometimes in a selfish way.  We do our best to research the candidates, the tax levies, the state law measures and in the end, we will inevitably ask ourselves. “How will this vote affect me?” This question is asked while worrying about a tax … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Voting

Stop telling me it is “All in God’s Plan.”

When I started this essay Rebecca and I were accepting the fact that our first pregnancy may end in a miscarriage. By the time it was completed, we had received word that we were no longer pregnant with our first child. Two weeks prior, on a Friday, we were meeting with Rebecca’s doctor and were … Continue reading Stop telling me it is “All in God’s Plan.”