Do You Read Scripture Like a Pharisee of Like Jesus?

Way back in college, I took a class on the history of religion in America. One day during a discussion about some Christian evangelist, one of the other students offered this criticism of the man’s work: “it’s like he’s actually trying to be like Jesus.” I sat there a bit bug-eyed. Can you imagine – a Christian who was actually trying to be like Jesus? Whatever could that evangelist have been thinking?...more

MD Question 6: Hailing Gay Marriage

Maryland voters will be voting on Question 6, to approve or reject the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which would allow same-sex couples to obtain a civil marriage license and protect clergy and religious institutions from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs....more

"I'll Pray for You"

How often do we tell a friend that we will pray for them and then it slips our minds?  Do you, like me,  find yourself, in the midst of a task, when a friend comes to mind and you feel terrible that you haven’t remembered to pray for her during a time of suffering? Image: paul david (busy running!) via Flickr ...more
I recently tweeted a comment about this and it is so true.  One of the most impactful moments of ...more

It's the Prime Directive or Why God Allows Evil

Yesterday, I saw a blog post by an atheist asking, "If I had the power to save everyone at the theater in Colorado because I was all-powerful and all-knowing, and I didn't do it, wouldn't I be evil?" The old theodicy question - how do we explain a world of evil if God is all loving? It's a legitimate question. And one that we have a hard time answering well. So, I was thinking about that atheists' question last night while laying in bed....more
(As a christian); I have a nagging question...I understand why and how humans suffer, but I ...more

Learning to Pray with Full Purpose of Heart

I have a confession to make:  I am not very good at praying.  While I grew up praying over meals, saying prayers in church, and saying prayers at bedtime, I just am not very consistent at meaningful prayers in my adult life. ...more
Such a reality !!! We remember God when we are in trouble. We forget to thank him in our good ...more

Your Self-Esteem is Tearing You Down

Turns out, self-esteem isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I recently read about a very interesting study, which compared self-esteem to self-compassion. Now, before you roll your eyes and call me a hippie, read the findings:...more

Celibacy was Not the Reason

I read an interesting article that got me thinking about what makes a wedding special. And, I have to tell you, it's not what this guy thinks....more

Facebook Boundaries

          I am Facebook friends with a lot of Mormons from my childhood and adolescent years.  Some of them - mostly peers from my teenage years - I befriended.  Others friended me - some of the requests were from people I hadn’t seen in years and so I found myself at a loss as to how specific I needed to be about my break with the Mormon Church.  Should I be up-front about the issue or should I just assume they either knew or didn’t care?...more
 @Champagne Tastes Thank you, Champagne.  :)more

The Book of Mormon Girl

I finally read The Book of Mormon Girl.  I’ve been meaning to for awhile now.  I think I was avoiding it because I knew it’d make me face some things.  I was right....more
I think when faith makes a transition to institution, we're all in trouble because everything ...more

You Want to Judge Me?

I was in the grocery store this morning with my 1 and 2 year old children, and I was TOTALLY judged by another woman. I am not going to tell you the details as they are not really pertinent to the act of the  judgement itself. Honestly, my first emotions were of embarrassment, hurt, and then arrow piercing fury. I immediately left the store without saying anything to the woman (which was a good thing at that point) and when I was putting my children back in their car seats Mary, mother of Jesus, popped in my mind. Pretty random huh?...more