Love Ordains

I preached a sermon on discovery, dreams, and love. Then I pronounced them man and wife in the lush green grounds of Belle Villa Resort, Thailand, beneath the warm setting sun, before they made their grand surprise exit atop an elephant, whose tail swished against the bride’s flowing train. I’m not an ordained minister, but […]

Do My Words Matter?

By Nicole T. Walters | Twitter: @NicoleTWalters It wasn’t a revelatory moment when the heavens opened up. It was pieces of moments, scattered throughout my life like breadcrumbs leading me down the right path. Pieces of moments—that book I wrote in third grade and a journal entry saying I wanted to be a writer, all […]

Why Be Fine When You Can Be A Mess?

I used to be fine. All the time. Every moment of the day. No one was more fine than me. I might have just had a fight with my husband. Or received really tough news about a family member. Or eaten my weight in Dairy Milks to fend off a panic attack. But if you […]

Am I Siding with the Vulnerable?

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” —Arundhati Roy I have come to believe that nice Christians are the greatest enemies of faithfulness. I recall a conversation I had at the predominantly white evangelical college I attended. He was an Asian American brother recounting […]

A Blessing for What Is

Fear Not, says every angel and many a prophet. Into our terrain of terror, general or specific, the salvation oracle begins with this imperative. Love, you command. Love your self, your neighbor even your enemy. You leave no escape from the demand, no way out from the risk love requires. And so it is that […]