A Prayer After the Pulse Shooting in Orlando

After the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL, I, like several white straight Christians, struggled to respond. Here’s my imperfect prayer following this tragedy, stemming from my own context. Below are some helpful resources that have guided my prayers. Please note: this will be edited to include additional resources below. Please feel free to recommend any additional resources. 

Oh God,


Our hearts are broken.

Our world is broken. Continue reading “A Prayer After the Pulse Shooting in Orlando”


God is…. (A sermon on the Trinity)

This sermon was preached on May 22, 2016 at Dayspring Baptist Church, St. Louis, MO on Psalm 8. You may have seen bits of this sermon from other sermons.

I have a confession to make. I like to doodle. I doodle during sermons. My PhD supervisor, who doesn’t allow electronics of any kind in the classroom, will allow doodling, because it gets the brain thinking in different ways. In Sunday School, when I was teaching on the mystic Hildegard last week, we learned how artwork causes us to think about God in different ways. I’m not a very good artist, so maybe I’ll pick out a word that I connect to the sermon and write it in different ways. Or, like last week during Pentecost, I drew images of the Holy Spirit: flames, a dove, etc. So, if you feel comfortable, whether you are young, or old, feel free to doodle in your worship guide as we explore with the Psalmist who God is, and who we are, through thinking about the Trinity.

Hildegard’s icon of the Trinity in her Scivias. Source

What is the Trinity, anyway?

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“Biblical Masculinity” and “Sanctified Testosterone:” Why Biblical Manhood is Idolatrous

Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, describes the need for “biblical manhood” for “anemic churches.” However, the notion of “biblical manhood” is idolatrous.

When I first read the article in Baptist News Global about Jason Allen’s comments at the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (view its entirety here), I got a lump in my throat, my shoulders tensed up, and my chest ached. I was reminded of a time when I was working and a man, not my supervisor, but in leadership where I worked, came up to me while I was at my desk. Continue reading ““Biblical Masculinity” and “Sanctified Testosterone:” Why Biblical Manhood is Idolatrous”

“Enough”: A Sermon on Isaiah 55:1-9

This past Sunday, I preached at Webster Groves Baptist Church in Webster Groves, Missouri on Isaiah 55:1-9. This was in part for Martha Stearns Marshall Month. You can listen to it here, beginning around minute 36. Thanks to the congregation at Webster Groves Baptist Church and Rev. Dr. Terrell Carter for your hospitality!   Continue reading ““Enough”: A Sermon on Isaiah 55:1-9″

Responding to Ashley Ray’s Comments on the “Feminist Rebellion”: Why I am a Baptist Feminist

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When I usually come across articles like the one describing Dr. Ashley Ray’s lament on the “feminist rebellion,” I usually ignore them. However, I am reminded of how comments like this reflect embedded beliefs and practices of many people. This is similar to Donald Trump’s and other candidates’ xenophobic comments, which seem exaggerated to the point of being grotesque, but actually reflect some peoples’ beliefs.

When I tell people I identify as a feminist[i], some folks seem shocked or confused, in part because of comments like  Ray’s, which attempt to paint the feminist movement in broad strokes without knowing the breadth of feminist theory and literature. Continue reading “Responding to Ashley Ray’s Comments on the “Feminist Rebellion”: Why I am a Baptist Feminist”

Wendy Farley and Claims of Heresy as Methods of Domination

Wendy Farley’s Gathering Those Driven Away: A Theology of Incarnation examines incarnation through the lens of the marginalized, claiming that the “witness of Christianity’s rejected and despised is essential to the gospel.”[i] She claims that the “true apostolic faith” only occurs when we listen to the voices that have been driven away.[ii] As such, in her first chapter she looks at how the language of heresy has perpetuated a dominating and isolating logic that contradicts the Gospel of love. Continue reading “Wendy Farley and Claims of Heresy as Methods of Domination”