• This Was the First Time I Ever ‘Shared the Gospel’ with Someone

    This Was the First Time I Ever ‘Shared the Gospel’ with Someone And it’s something I’d regret for the rest of my life “Wait, do they make their houses out of the trash?” I asked. “They sure do,” Pastor Steve* responded. “They don’t make much money because they spend all their time collecting water and begging for food. That’s why we’re here — to bring the good news of Jesus.” “And to bring food, right?” “Well, yes, the food is our way in.” There was that phrase again, good news. It hadn’t always bothered me. I do like that phrase more than the misused word gospel. It’s a cleaner translation from its Greek roots:…

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    Book Review: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander Of all of the books I have read in 2018, The New Jim Crow was the most important one. Often I am blind to my own privilege in life, but I’ve been striving to not only become aware of my privilege but to be able to use my position for good when I can. In her book, Michelle describes three stages of mass, government-sanctioned racist policies. Slavery, the Jim Crow Era, and Mass Incarceration. Until recently, because I was taught that “being colorblind” was correct, I often ignored why the majority of incarcerated people where black…

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    I Haven’t Always Known I Was Transgender

    I Haven’t Always Known I Was Transgender And that’s okay for a transgender woman to admit I was 24 when I realized I was transgender. You might expect most transgender people to give a different answer to that question. Until recently, I assumed that all transgender people had always known. The more transgender people I meet today, however, the more the complicated the answers seem. Maybe I have, in some convoluted way, always known. I certainly felt something was off for most of my life. I had felt that I was different, but I didn’t have the words to translate this gut feeling into something intelligible until much later in my life.…