Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
February, 2012
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Grief
February 22, 2012
personal

This post is a little more personal than I usually get, but it’s been on my heart and I hope maybe it will be helpful for someone else to read. Most of the time I try to stay really positive about my queerness and being trans*. I am thankful for my experiences. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I wasn’t queer and trans*. But there are other days where grief washes over me. It’s not something I…

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Organic Leadership
February 20, 2012
book reviews

I recently finished reading Organic Leadership: Leading Naturally Right Where You Are (Shapevine) by Neil Cole. This is another book that is really good about diagnosing the problem but not very good about offering solutions. Cole is an advocate of what he calls “organic church”. It’s along the same lines as house churches, or cell churches. The idea is a network of smaller groups that reproduce quickly. I was hopeful that his ideas might be more applicable to what we’re…

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A Meditation on "We Take Care Of Our Own"
February 15, 2012
activism

I unabashedly love Bruce Springsteen. He’s got a new single out and I think it’s wonderful. Take a listen, and really pay attention to the lyrics: It’s written as a lament. A story of the United States gone wrong. But I also read this as a tale of the church gone wrong. Toward the end of the song he sings: Where the eyes, the eyes with the will to see Where the hearts, that run over with mercy Where’s the…

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A Review of "7"
February 14, 2012
activism

I just finished reading “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess” by Jen Hatmaker. In it, Hatmaker decides to pick 7 areas of her life and over the course of 7 months tries different experiments to change those areas. For instance, in her month focusing on clothing she chooses 7 articles of clothing and wears only those for a month. There is a lot that I really liked about this book. It’s an interesting concept (I love these human guinea pig…

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Luke 4 Lent Reflection
February 13, 2012
activism

This is the reflection I offered at House of the Transfiguration yesterday. It’s based on Luke chapter 4. It’s a short reflection as our services are discussion based. But I thought I’d share it here. I love the progression of this passage: The full of the Spirit experience of being baptized followed by 40 days of fasting. Then temptation and the announcement of his ministry. There’s a lot to unpack. It is said that Lent is observed to commemorate the…

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Satan Is Too Easy
February 8, 2012
personal

I’ve been reading more books that are evangelical in nature lately. Like I’ve said before there just aren’t many (any) good church planting books written by progressives. So you take what you can get. Currently I am reading a book on leadership in non-hierarchical communities and only 50 pages in I am finding a lot of value. Except the author keeps talking about Satan. I’ve heard a lot of talk about Satan in my life. From the popularity of C.S….

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Rolling Stone Article on Queer Youth Suicide
February 7, 2012
activism

This article has been getting passed around a lot in my circles (major trigger warning for suicidal ideation, suicide, bullying, harassment, homophobia, etc.) I’m not sure if it’s getting a lot of play because this area is 30 minutes from where I currently live, or because it’s printed in Rolling Stone or what, but I wanted to offer some thoughts. The story is a harrowing one: An epidemic of bullying ignored by school officials that leads to multiple suicides in…

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Rise of Christianity
February 6, 2012
book reviews

This is a review of The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal, Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force …. by Rodney Stark (link goes to my Amazon affiliate site which helps to power this site and other ministry). I first heard about this book when I attended a Jesus Seminar event at my church. They recommended it as a book written by someone more theologically conservative that came to the same conclusions they had about what cause the…

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Review of "The Shaping Of Things To Come"
February 1, 2012
book reviews

This is a book review of (full disclosure: link goes to my Amazon affiliates site which means if you buy it I get a tiny kickback which goes to help with ministry stuff). Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first (because there was some really bad stuff) and then we’ll get to the helpful stuff: The book advocated reparative therapy for gay folks at least once. Very not okay. Very not helpful. Very not healthy. DO NOT…

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