The Pulpit as Intersectional Space: Jesus’ Good News

When I was 16 years old I found the courage to say “no more” to an abusive relationship that included sexual assault, stalking, and emotional tyranny. After that day, his threats and stalking got much worse. But I knew that I would rather die standing in my truth, than live in the captivity of trying to placate him anymore. Jesus led the way. I heard and believed Christ’s voice of healing, “I want you to be well.” After I said “no more” school became a place I dreaded to go. He was a great athlete in my small town so … Read the full post

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My Turn: A Femifesto (Feminism and Religion Post)

It’s coming up on a year now that pretty much everything changed in my family’s life. My over twenty years of married life, up until last year around this time, had been built around football. John’s work as a coach in the NFL and Division I collegiate football had moved us all over the country—coast to coast and in between. This time last year our move was for me to take a job. No more football. And a move not for football meant massive shifts in the daily life of our family. I cannot count the number of times since … Read the full post

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Truth and Consequences: Never Again

The velocity of the car pressed my body against the seat with a force that felt impossible to fight. But, still I tried. Every muscle tense—as if working to hold my bones in place. I could hear his voice over the roar telling me my future—I would stay quiet, because no one would believe me. This vortex of force jolted me into silence with a potent tool: fear. Fear seeped into the ruminations of my teenage mind: fear of shame, fear of being judged, fear of his anger and hostility, and fear of losing my life. That fast car and … Read the full post

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Sacred Attentiveness: A 2017 Practice

Have you ever had the patience to sit still and watch as one of God’s creatures goes about its normal business? Not a dolphin show or a dog doing tricks—not entertainment for us highly distractible human beings. I am talking about creaturely normalcy, for a turtle or a squirrel or a spider.   Consider for a moment their capacity to focus on what really matters—food, home, awareness of their surroundings, knowing the true difference between friend and foe, being ever ready to protect and defend when needed, and being always watchful for the provisions they actually need. These creatures are … Read the full post

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Latest Post on Feminism and Religion: Elegy for An Old Life Gone

I married into your strange cadence
A drumbeat that never felt natural
All consuming was your intention 
But I protected pieces of myself from your designs
And more pieces retrieved me
As you showed me your true colors..
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Recent Sermons

My last three sermons at Grace Covenant can be found here:

September 4, 2016 “Let Us Count the Ways”
Scripture: PSALM 139: 1-6, 13-18; LUKE 14: 25-33
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August 21, 2016 “Free the Sabbath”
Scripture: ISAIAH 58: 9B-14; LUKE 13: 10-17 
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August 14, 2016 “The Signs of the Times”
Scripture: JEREMIAH 23: 23-29; LUKE 12: 49-56
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Sermon “Guarding Grace”

Summer of 2016 is giving us lots of reasons to feel terrorized. We need each other to remember that God is guarding grace even now–so that it can never be extinguished, so that it will always be loose in this world.  Listen here. Read here. 

Preached at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Asheville, NC 7/31/16
Scripture: Hosea 11: 1-11, Luke 12: 13-21

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Sermon “The Big Ask”

The “Big Ask” is the hardest and most important thing Christians can do in our world today.  Listen here. Or read here.

July 24, 2016 Sermon, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC
Genesis 18: 20-32; Luke 11: 1-13

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Sermon “Fazed and Disoriented”

My sermon this week at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC is on Mary and Martha. Is this a liberating or oppressive text? Or both? Listen here and read here

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Going Deep: Sports in the 21st Century with Devon Ramsay

Our latest episode of Going Deep is with former UNC standout player Devon Ramsay, a strong student, a remarkable young man, and a legitimate NFL prospect during his collegiate career. Devon’s story lifts the veil on the nefarious nature of NCAA violations and collegiate revenue sports today. And Devon’s story is worth your time! Listen on iTunes or SoundCloud and find more information about Going Deep at www.shoopsgoingdeep.com

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