Category Archives: Misfit Faith

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Breath and Harmony

I love knowing the people I sit next to on Sunday mornings. I love knowing what’s beautiful and what’s difficult in their lives right now, what difficult and beautiful things they have already moved through in life. It helps me to see the gentle harmonies of our lives in community, of our lives as part […]

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Fellow Misfits: Nadia Bolz-Weber

I feel like a conversation about Misfit Faith could not be complete without adding everyone’s favorite sarcastic Lutheran into the discussion. If you haven’t read her book, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, yet, you are missing out. Reading her book makes you want to know and love the Jesus she […]

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The Idol of “Changing the World”

When I was a little girl, I loved to help other people. I liked to be teacher’s helper, I liked to babysit, I liked reading books about people helping animals. I was a good kid and I wanted to help other people (and animals) have lives as good as mine. It’s what we were taught […]

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A Prayer for Authenticity

Faithful and Eternal God, Today I would like to keep my thoughts to myself. I would like to smile and nod and move through and not engage. I do not want to worry people, I do not want to excite people, I do not want people to think about me as different (or to think […]

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What Keeps Me: Jesus

Last week I wrote about one reason I stay at church: the community. And as wonderful as my church community is, it’s a good thing there are other reasons to stay too, because they are human and therefore, sometimes, mess up. The second reason I stay at church is one that doesn’t mess up. I […]

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Where I Found God: LGBT Yoga

A few months ago, my blog friend Karissa asked if I’d be interested in writing a post for her “Where I Found God” series, about finding God in unconventional places). I said yes, even though I didn’t know exactly what I’d write about. And then last week, I experienced God pretty far outside the boundaries […]

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Isaiah 35

Today, I’m keeping it simple with something of an unconventional and misfit way of experiencing the Bible…   … by blacking it out. I’m not going quite as far as Thomas Jefferson’s cut apart Bible, but sometimes it’s valuable to focus on what speaks to you in a specific passage and move forward from there. […]

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Gun Control, Nonviolence, and the Gospel

  I just finished reading Brian Zahnd’s A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor’s Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace, and I loved it. Don’t get me wrong, it probably took me 8 months to get around to reading the whole thing, but not for lack of thought-provoking content. When I grew up in […]

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Mystery in the Age of the iPhone

I just wrote the title of this blog and then spent 20 minutes reading an article about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that someone posted on facebook, all on my iPhone. We live in a time where we have nearly unlimited access to information literally in our back pockets, and we use it. If there is something […]

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Fellow Misfits: The Foreigner in Your Land

It’s no secret that immigrants are near and dear to my heart. I work with immigrants, I live in a highly diverse part of town, I lived as an immigrant in another country last year. I, on a small scale, understand the heartbreak and difficulty of life as a foreigner, and I care deeply for […]