Shannon T.L. Kearns
Shannon T.L. Kearns
February, 2013
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Weekly Bookshelf
February 25, 2013
book reviews

When I go into someone’s house or apartment for the first time, I find myself especially drawn to their bookshelves. I want to see the books that they read and the ones they have on display. I like to know which ones have mattered enough to keep, which ones are dogeared and worn, and which are on the stack to be read next.   This week I read “Songs for the New Depression” by Kergan Edwards-Stout. I had heard this…

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Mainline, We Have A Problem
February 20, 2013
progressivetrouble

I’ve seen an article passed around a lot this week called “What if gay kids had a church that loved them?” and it has generated a lot of comments and shares. There is nothing wrong with the piece; in fact it’s a nice call for churches to be more welcoming. The issue is there are LOTS of churches that love gay kids! In fact, churches like the United Church of Christ, Metropolitan Community Churches, and the Old Catholic church (along…

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Weekly Bookshelf
February 18, 2013
book reviews

When I go into someone’s house or apartment for the first time, I find myself especially drawn to their bookshelves. I want to see the books that they read and the ones they have on display. I like to know which ones have mattered enough to keep, which ones are dogeared and worn, and which are on the stack to be read next.   First up this week I read Zero to 80: Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church…

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Lenten Failure
February 13, 2013
personal

I have generally been a lenten failure. It’s not that I set a goal and then fail on it, it’s that I never quite get started. Oh, I have grand plans! “I am going to observe lent!” I say with a spring in my step. Then the next thing I know it’s Palm Sunday and I have no idea where the time has gone and I haven’t done anything to prepare.   This has always been my struggle with devotional…

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Weekly Bookshelf
February 11, 2013
book reviews

When I go into someone’s house or apartment for the first time, I find myself especially drawn to their bookshelves. I want to see the books that they read and the ones they have on display. I like to know which ones have mattered enough to keep, which ones are dogeared and worn, and which are on the stack to be read next.   This week I read two books (still slightly behind on where I should be to read…

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Megan Phelps-Roper, Forgiveness, and the Past
February 8, 2013
personal

The other day I read that Megan Phelps-Roper and her sister Grace, grandchildren of Fred Phelps, had left Westboro Baptist Church. Megan was well known for being the twitter voice of Westboro. In this interview she talks about the first moment that things started to not make sense, and the moments that followed. She released a statement expressing her sorrow at the people she had hurt through her actions of being a part of Westboro.   When I read her…

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Weekly Bookshelf
February 4, 2013
book reviews

When I go into someone’s house or apartment for the first time, I find myself especially drawn to their bookshelves. I want to see the books that they read and the ones they have on display. I like to know which ones have mattered enough to keep, which ones are dogeared and worn, and which are on the stack to be read next.   I read two books this week and really enjoyed them both. First up was The Good…

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Another Milestone
February 1, 2013
personal

In all of the lead up to (and excitement around) my ordination, another milestone in my life happened that I didn’t really take the time to reflect on. On January 18 I marked the fifth anniversary of my first shot of testosterone. That was the day when I really began to live my life.   It was both a stressful and wonderful day. My (now ex) wife and I went into the city early to hang out before the doctor’s…

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