Paralyzed by the Slash

In Spirituality by Caris Adel26 Comments

  I’m feeling paralyzed. There was an article the other day by Rachel Pieh Jones, asking ‘where are they? A significant challenge for nonprofits and ministries remains recruiting people who will commit to serve long-term outside the United States.” I know where they are.  They’re listening to everyone else who is telling them not to have a white savior complex and …

Smaller Than A Mustard Seed

In Spirituality by Caris Adel10 Comments

  “The villagers 10 minutes away really needed a doctor, and the only way to get them there was by flying.  The pilot knew he only had 3 minutes of fuel in the plane, but he trusted God.  So he took them up!  He flew 10 minutes, but there was fighting where he needed to land.  So he kept going …

It’s Sunday Morning – Time To Wake Up, God

In Spirituality by Caris Adel19 Comments

  My story is rooted in whispers, conversations behind closed doors, arguments, struggles, isolation, and above all, a certainty that there is only one right way to be a real Christian. My parents came of age in the Shepherding movement, which resulted in their arranged marriage.  We stayed in that church until I was 10, but the dysfunction lingered. I …

Reflections on Les Miserables, Christians, and Movies

In Miscellaneous by Caris Adel4 Comments

  It’s a movie about a society that turns it’s backs on people. A society that goes along with unjust laws. A society that doesn’t recognize names. Only numbers and their papers. It’s a society that makes it’s own movies because they’ve turned their back on people. A society that demeans and ridicules an entire industry. A society that doesn’t …

can we have an honest journey?

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Why do I even care about spiritual journeys and how the church is using this analogy? Why bother detailing the specific issues I have with how the church guides you towards maturity?  Is it just because I want something that makes me feel good?  It’s not that I don’t like the idea of journey for a life of following Jesus.  …

A Sh–ty Grace

In Spirituality by Caris Adel2 Comments

I have a new favorite visualization of what grace is.  Actually, I don’t know that I ever actually had a favorite visualization before.  In the past, whenever I thought about grace, it was usually to picture beautiful things co-existing with dirty things.  A beautiful flower rising out of a compost heap.  Two friends hugging and smiling through their tears.  Normally, …