Redefining Terms

When I was a little girl, faithfully attending Sunday school each week, we had a little saying that went like this: “Jesus, Others and You—that’s how you spell JOY.” I inhaled that sentiment like it was the sweetest of perfumes. YES! We should always be last on the list, giving ourselves away to Jesus and to other people. That’s […]

Alternative Devotions

I started doing my daily devotions differently since November 2016. After the U.S. election I could not listen to the voices, often white ones, that contributed to the 81% evangelical vote. Already committed to diverse voices, I became more strident. I ran in the opposite direction to try and create a counter-balance to what just […]

Look at the Cross Again

Let me be the first to admit today that I do not understand the cross. The simple explanations of my childhood—that the cross spans the chasm between me and God—no longer satisfy. There is so much mystery, so much that I cannot wrap my head around, that I am tempted to just quietly back away, […]

The Fire

by Beth Watkins | Twitter: @iambethwatkins I was still young when I learned of the fire. I grew up in its proximity, among others who were alight, and I was in love with everything about it, asked to take it from my mother’s table As early as I can remember. I asked for the fire; This […]

When Sex Isn’t Magical

by Anonymous I carefully string the beads on a wisp of fishing wire. They’re clear blue, about ten of them. Then I thread the letters: T-R-U-E L-O-V-E W-A-I-T-S. More blue beads. I tie it round my wrist, feeling accomplished. This will fix everything. / / / / I came of age in the late nineties. […]