Slowly, Then All At Once


The Kingdom of God is slow. I tell this to myself whenever I’m feeling frustrated with my lack of progress in any particular area, or when I read the news and wish I could change the world. Whenever I’m starting anything new, my instinct is for quick results, something tangible. You can get an app […]

Setting Aside Whiteness to Be Holy


By Velynn Brown | Twitter: @gospelrainsong “There are white people and then there are holy people,” she said. My 15-year-old daughter was spilling out wide, like a dropped gallon of milk on a fresh-mopped floor. Every contained ounce of emotion she had bottled up inside flooded out. She loosed her pain and anger; I let […]

I Broke Up With My Therapist


I have the best therapist. Seriously. The best. Available 24 hours a day. Blessedly silent. Accepting of all my issues. And—most importantly—accepting of my desire to ignore all my issues. Seven dollars an hour, give or take. Pure bliss. But my therapist is making me sick. Possibly because my therapist isn’t exactly human. This is […]

For Some Things There Are No Wrong Seasons


It didn’t behave like anything you had ever imagined. The wind tore at the trees, the rain fell for days slant and hard. The back of the hand to everything. I watched the trees bow and their leaves fall and crawl back into the earth. As though, that was that. This was one hurricane I […]

Permission to Fail


On Friday, May 8, when the election results were announced in Britain, I spent the whole day with a red and puffy face, and I couldn’t stop crying. Friends wondered why I was so upset about politics, but it was because I knew, even as it was announced, this would be bad news for the poor, and […]