Why Am I Standing In My Own Way?

My older brother and I did not get along well as children. As adults, we have a good relationship but well into our teens things were smoothest when Mark simply pretended I didn’t exist and I did my best not to remind him. As we got older a strange thing happened. When my brother came […]

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 […]

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 […]

This Quiet Work is Enough

One morning a week I volunteer at our local food bank. This past week a woman came in who was in active labor. It took the staff several minutes to figure out what was happening and when they asked if they could call an ambulance for her, she said she just wanted to get her hamper […]

Change My Name, God

“I told Jesus be alright if you change my name … if you change my name.” —Roberta Flack “Christianity hasn’t been tried and found empty … it has been found difficult and left untried.” —G.K. Chesterton I started seminary this fall. The three-year-long whisper-turned-roar led me to apply when I gathered the courage to open my […]