How to Be a Bride and Still Smash the Patriarchy (Part 6)

First, a disclaimer: Any comments along the lines of "But you look great!" or "You don't need to lose weight!" will be deleted. Never has a person with body issues heard someone say things like that and gone, "You know what, you're right! I love my body now!" I am grateful for the love, kindness, …

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“Do you love me more than these?”

Adapted from a sermon preached at Roots Revival, a midweek worship service grounded in Americana/roots-based music at Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. The Scripture was Jeremiah 31:1-6. Many churches follow what’s called the lectionary to guide their worship planning and preaching. The lectionary is a 3-year cycle that …

“Even youths will faint:” Fitness, Ableism, and Loving Your Body—Today

"Even youths will faint and be weary,     and the young will fall exhausted;  but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,     they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary,     they shall walk and not faint." – Isaiah 40:30-31 A few months ago, our church staff …