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Why I Left the Church of the Nazarene

          Thank you everyone for reading and sharing my story. The reach and response have been absolutely overwhelming! Thank you for all your comments on this page, on Facebook, and through private messages. I read all of them, though I may not be able to respond to all of them. Thank you again. I have also made one correction below: the church that I served and worshipped at while I was in college was an Evangelical Methodist Church, not a Free Methodist Church as I had thought. 
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          About 5 years ago, I left the denomination that introduced me to Jesus. I didn’t walk out of the Church of the Nazarene with fanfare, fireworks or middle fingers. My relationship with the CotN had more of a soft closing. But I did leave. I let my credentials lapse.  I’m currently serving, preaching, and pursuing ordination in the United Methodist Church. When I first left the CotN, I got emails left and right from different pastors and friends wanting to know if it was true that I left, why I left, and if I’ll consider staying. Eventually, those kind of emails stopped. Now, I get emails from young Nazarene ministers asking me why I left, if they should leave, where they could go, and how to leave gracefully. I haven’t been shy about this conversation in person, but I haven’t Facebooked or said anything publicly about leaving the CotN, mostly because I love the CotN and I don’t want to hurt my friends there or somehow appear bitter. But I think it’s time I shared my story because I am entirely uncomfortable caring for so many ministry hopefuls who feel like they can’t serve in a church they love.

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A Break Up Note: With Certainty

You just think about what you've done, Certainty.
You just think about what you’ve done, Certainty.

Dear Certainty,

Sorry to do it this way, but it’s over.

     We had our time, and it was good. You really strengthened me over the years. You gave me courage to say and do some pretty awesome things. Because of you, I–more or less–stayed out of trouble when I was young. You helped me in college, and that was nice. Because of you, I was never really unsure of where to go with my life. I really need to thank you for that.

     But let’s be honest, Certainty, you’ve gotten me into a number of fights, too. read more »

Church Leadership Family Life St Paul's UMC Uncategorized

30 Goals For My 3rd Decade (apparently this is my 4th decade)

I turned 30 last Saturday, and when I showed my ID to the woman handing out wrist bands as last week’s Zoo Brews (beer festival at a zoo = awesome), she burst into tearful laughter and told me I look way too young. I guess I’ve still got it.

Anyway, thinking about this next decade made me want to put together some goals, and I’m happy to share them with you. I broke them down into 3 areas of my life: career, ministry, and life. Here you go:

Career

1. Finish my Doctorate of Ministry (D. Min). I’m about a 3rd of the way through.

2. Receive ordination in the United Methodist Church. Pretty much just waiting on my D. Min.

3. Clean my office. I’m about a 3rd of the way through. read more »

Church Leadership Churches Life St Paul's UMC

My Work Week

What’s a Sabbath with you?

sabbath permission

God gathered up a people who only knew slavery in Egypt. As God started to shape them into a people that would bless the world, God gave a commandment to this group of former slaves: rest from work for a day each week. Imagine what it means to a group of former slaves. Their God is commanding them not to work. Beautiful. They are truly free. When Moses reiterates the 10 commandments in Deuteronomy, he adds this reminder to the Sabbath commandment: Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day (Deut 5.15).

In short, my sermon yesterday was this: Sabbath is a gift from God to proclaim our freedom and God’s provision. You are not a slave to anything. God has set you free. You don’t have to work non-stop. God provides.

We also passed out Sabbath permission slips, which I thought were pretty cute. You can have one too.

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Family Life

Celebrating 7 with Joanna

7 is a biblically symbolic number for “completion” or “whole.” I don’t think we’ve completed our marriage, but I absolutely feel whole with you.  Happy Anniversary. To many more.

the first picture we ever took together! Ash Wednesday 2005.
the first picture we ever took together! Ash Wednesday 2006
June 22, 2006. I gave Joanna an important ring at Charlie's Gardens in McCall, ID.
June 22, 2006. I gave Joanna an important ring at Charlie’s Gardens in McCall, ID.

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Bail Me Out to Help Fight Muscular Dystrophy!

Family, Friends, and Readers!

I’m proud to tell you that I’m going “behind bars” to help in the fight against muscle disease. I’m joining other community leaders to help raise critical funds for the Muscular Dystrophy AssociationMDA, and I need your help to reach my bail! I’ll be raising funds for two children with Muscular Dystrophy to go to camp here in Idaho.

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My Birthday Wknd

This last week, I turned 29. I jokingly told someone at church that I’m about to end my freshman decade of living. I didn’t presume her age, but she laughed asked what does that mean for her?! Whoops. haha. Anyway, here’s some pics of what we did.

I love breakfast and brunch out. We haven't found our place in Idaho Falls yet, but yelp recommended Mitchell's. When we arrived, we found that it was a truck stop. Still, we loved it. Reminded me of Kwik Inn in Security, CO.
I love breakfast and brunch out. We haven’t found our place in Idaho Falls yet, but yelp recommended Mitchell’s. When we arrived, we found that it was a truck stop. Still, we loved it. Reminded me of Kwik Inn in Security, CO.
Here's my girls at Mitchell's! Clementine is getting so good at being out! She can now say, "Mama," "Dada," "Book," and "Gaga" which could mean dog, God, or Lady Gaga.
Here’s my girls at Mitchell’s! Clementine is getting so good at being out! She can now say, “Mama,” “Dada,” “Book,” and “Gaga” which could mean dog, God, or Lady Gaga.

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