Why Public LGBTQ Affirmation in the Church Matters

“We are not officially LGBTQ-affirming, but we accept everyone.” I have heard this almost every time I have begun to involve myself in a new church, and I have learned that people often believe this is a complete substitute for LGBTQ+ affirmation and inclusivity. Humanity has a tendency to get comfortable where we are. WeContinue reading “Why Public LGBTQ Affirmation in the Church Matters”

Steve Austin is Teaching Us How to Catch Our Breath

Listen to Episode 4 https://anchor.fm/MakingRoomOnThePew/embed/episodes/Steve-Austin-is-Teaching-Us-How-to-Catch-Our-Breath-e2pote” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>here! Steve Austin was a pastor when he nearly died by suicide. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, From Pastor to a Psych Ward, and Catching Your Breath. Join us as we talk about mental health, fear-based theology, and Connect with Steve on Instagram & Twitter @iamsteveaustin and at iamsteveaustin.com. GrabContinue reading “Steve Austin is Teaching Us How to Catch Our Breath”

Manda Carpenter Believes the Church is for Everyone

Listen to Episode 3 https://anchor.fm/MakingRoomOnThePew/embed/episodes/Manda-Carpenter-Believes-the-Church-is-for-Everyone-e2jp22” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>here!   Manda Carpenter is a writer and foster parent living with her husband Eric in Chicago, IL. Join us as we talk about the hard and beautiful ministry of foster care, how to survive your evolving theological beliefs, and who Manda thinks the Church needs to get betterContinue reading “Manda Carpenter Believes the Church is for Everyone”

B.T. Harman, On How to Support Christian Parents of LGTBQ Children

Listen to Episode 2 https://anchor.fm/MakingRoomOnThePew/embed/episodes/B-T–Harman–On-How-to-Support-Christian-Parents-of-LGBTQ-Children-e2jonu” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>here!   B.T. Harman is a writer and advocate for compassionate, grace-filled relationship–even when there are disagreements about fundamental ideas and theology. B.T. is the writer of Blue Babies Pink: A Southern Coming Out Story and the creator of Harbor, an online support group for Christian parents of LGBTQ children. JoinContinue reading “B.T. Harman, On How to Support Christian Parents of LGTBQ Children”

Shannan Martin is a Church Misfit

Listen to Episode 01 here! Shannan Martin is a writer and speaker living as a grateful neighbor with her jail-chaplain husband, Cory, and their four funny children in Goshen, Indiana. Join us as we talk about how to neighbor well, the problem with the American penal system, and being church misfits. Connect with Shannan on Instagram & Twitter @shannanwritesContinue reading “Shannan Martin is a Church Misfit”

12 Things I Did (Or Didn’t Do) In 2018

It’s the end of the year and we’re all feeling a bit more introspective than usual. Isn’t that how it always goes? Here I am, sitting at my dining room table on the night before New Year’s Eve, and it’s all I can think about: what I did or did not do this past year. Continue reading “12 Things I Did (Or Didn’t Do) In 2018”

The ABC’s of Building an Inclusive Church

I never considered church scary until I was no longer welcomed in with arms opened wide. I never thought church could be uncomfortable until I walked through the door after being asked to step down from my leadership roles when they found out I was dating a woman. I never imagined church could be anythingContinue reading “The ABC’s of Building an Inclusive Church”

Practice Self Care & Call It Good

I’m not great at practicing self care. I think that’s why I keep writing about it: to encourage and inspire us all to prioritize what our minds, bodies, and souls need to be healthy. I write about mental health and self care for you and myself. Mostly myself. If I’m being honest, I don’t practiceContinue reading “Practice Self Care & Call It Good”

5 Ways God’s Creation Can Connect Us Back to Him

“Nature is but a name for an effect, whose cause is God.” -William Cowper I grew up on my family’s farm in rural Ohio, spending more time outdoors than indoors most days. I knew the land so well I could find my way around the hundreds of acres my family farmed even in the darkContinue reading “5 Ways God’s Creation Can Connect Us Back to Him”

When I’d rather be in bed instead of church

I woke up that cold and rainy Sunday morning and I knew it right away: the last thing in the world I wanted to do was go to church. We had moved to a new town the day before and I just wanted to stay in bed. We were supposed to have an extra-long choirContinue reading “When I’d rather be in bed instead of church”