Laura Palmer’s Angel: a Cinematic Representation of God’s Faithfulness

Note: If you haven’t watched the original Twin Peaks 1990-91 series and/or Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, please be aware that this post will contain a few spoilers. Twin Peaks, with its bizarre themes and perspective on the paranormal, would certainly not be a top pick for Christian audiences to enjoy with their families. … Continue reading Laura Palmer’s Angel: a Cinematic Representation of God’s Faithfulness

The Importance of Matthew 5:4

“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

The Views of Eugene Peterson and the Divide in the Church

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

Reading Up on Saint Faustina-Part 1

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

The Outcome of Rev. Karen Oliveto’s Church Trial

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

The Rise of Islamophobia in Trump’s America

Because of my status as a white male, it’s taken me far too long to remove the rose-colored lenses of my privilege and see just how tainted, corrupted and twisted much of this country still is. When Dylann Roof set out to attack the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in the … Continue reading The Rise of Islamophobia in Trump’s America

Medjugorje and the Tyranny of Memories

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

The Importance of Praying for Closeted Homophobes

Manly Homophobes As I’ve mentioned in a few posts thus far, I’m a young gay man who has dealt with more than his fair share of homophobic harassers, all of them verbal, and many of them “manly” men. This has been a recurring issue in the last two years or so, and it’s taken a … Continue reading The Importance of Praying for Closeted Homophobes

The Blessed Mother Mary and Catharsis

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