White People™: That’s Not My Name

“I was their first connection to a new culture, a new country, as a teacher, I felt that if I didn’t make an effort to pronounce their name correctly, it showed I didn’t care about who they were.” – Jon Gundry  Names are important. They carry family histories, reveal cultural clues, they give people that…

Reflections on Pentecost

During FTE, Jess Reynolds asked me a question I don’t think I’ve ever been asked before, “What do you like about ministry?”. The question is more nuanced than I want to admit because it doesn’t ask what I love about ministry, rather what I like about it.

Dancing in the Moonlight

It was a warm summer night, the moon was full and I was just about to leave Austin and start my time at the University of North Texas. For years I had been hiding who I was from myself but under the mesquite trees in my friend’s front yard, I looked past the branches and I stared at the moon. Over the sound cicadas hissing, I heard a voice inside say, “Stop hiding”.

A Brief Reflection on Tone Policing

It was a warm Texas Summer day and I showed up early for a meeting that I had. In the midst of talking I was given a look. I remember the look that was given by the person I was speaking with, because I had seen it before from the same person and from hundreds…