Hell was rarely, if ever brought up as a topic in the sermons I’ve heard as a United Methodist. My denomination generally doesn’t discuss the afterlife much at all, mostly choosing instead to focus on God’s love and mercy. The existence of Hell, and why a person can potentially go there bothered me for a … Continue reading Medjugorje and the Afterlife
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” This verse has been my favorite Bible verse ever since I began my faith journey a few years ago. It serves as a simple but powerful reminder that no matter how much grief we have in our lives and in our hearts, there is no … Continue reading The Importance of Matthew 5:4
When I first read about Eugene Peterson’s apparent change of heart on the matter of same-sex marriage, I was surprised and undoubtedly pleased. For a well-known figure such as Peterson to make that move could only have helped push forward in the struggle of LGBTQ people to be fully accepted in churches. And so, like … Continue reading The Views of Eugene Peterson and the Divide in the Church
Ever since a powerful God-given experience I was given back in October 2016 (which I wrote about here), I’ve researched the life and writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish saint who is hailed as the Secretary of Divine Mercy. Divine Mercy Christians generally have a good idea of what God’s mercy is, based on … Continue reading Reading Up on Saint Faustina-Part 1
As a gay member of the United Methodist Church, after learning of the predictable but nonetheless frustrating outcome of Rev. Karen Oliveto’s church court trial, I’m finding it difficult to contain my temper and have any semblance of a filter on the angry words that I’m aching to speak. Rev. Oliveto’s status as a bishop … Continue reading The Outcome of Rev. Karen Oliveto’s Church Trial
Marian apparitions are a curious matter to me, especially as a Methodist who was never taught about these mysterious incidents. Recently, the one apparition that I’ve focused on is the one in Medjugorge, Croatia, where Our Lady appeared to six different children, and revealed visions of heaven, hell and purgatory. Among the six children, not … Continue reading Medjugorje and the Tyranny of Memories
Because I’m not a Catholic, approaching major Catholic icons such as the Blessed Mother Mary can feel odd at first. When I first began bonding with her, I really felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. But talking with the Mother of God, at least in my prayers, was truly soothing, and still … Continue reading The Blessed Mother Mary and Catharsis
This past October, God gave me an experience that helped me understand why suicide can't exclude anybody from His mercy.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) For every person who reads this verse, it is vital that they don’t misread the word “peacemaker” as “peacekeeper” instead, because the two words have very different meanings. I made this error when I first read through this part of the … Continue reading Peacekeepers vs Peacemakers
America has distorted Christianity into something it was never meant to be, something more akin to what the Pharisees who condemned Jesus idealized.