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Santa Christ? Jesus Claus?

Separating the attributes of Jesus from those of Santa this time of year can be tricky. Growing up as an American kid in a Christian household, I was told that “Jesus was the reason for the season” but that big ol’ jolly guy in the red suit was definitely a reason, too. Always the inquisitive one, I had figured out by about age five or six that Santa Claus was just a legend and commercialized character, but that did not stop me from wanting all the perks on Christmas morning that came along with believing. And yet there was still ... Read More »

On Fighting for Joy and Clinging to Hope

This Advent season has been hard. Really, if I am honest, this fall has wrecked me. Between constant reminders of violence, injustice, inequality and my own personal heartbreak, there have been days during the past few months have sometimes seemed unbearable. While I believe I know at the core of my being the loving Father-heart of God, in the midst of the pain, I have found it hard to hope. Daring to hope means opening yourself up to disappointment and heartbreak. It feels risky and foolish, and sometimes false, like it is often shrinking instead of growing. I was talking ... Read More »

Five Things Friday: 4.18.14

Five things I’ve been loving lately… This podcast interview with “Science Mike,” about faith lost, atheism, and meeting Jesus in the mysterious. It’s really long, but great for commuting or multi-tasking. This book which (of course) made me cry and consider eternity.   Read More »

In Praise of Millenial Church

I have done a fair amount of traveling over the last few months through various parts of the South, and have come to realize something: when I am away from my church family on Sundays, I find myself homesick. It’s somewhat shocking for me to come to this realization. As I’ve written about before, it’s taken a long time for me to really embrace Hoboken as home. Coming here has required being a part of a culture vastly different from the one I moved from, and in the past I have sometimes felt like an outsider in church that purposes to reach ... Read More »

My Top 10 Reads of 2013

I have a handful of friends who are always asking me, “So what are you reading?” They know this is probably my favorite pastime, and is a quick way to cut past the small talk and start discussing ideas that really matter to me. So with that in mind, I thought I’d share with you my favorite books I read this past year, in hopes that you’ll share yours! 10. Kisses from Katie by Katie J. Davis with Beth Clark I read Katie’s story on my Vision Trip to Uganda this fall, and it couldn’t have been more perfect timing. ... Read More »

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