@Sea – Ep64 – Nick Laparra

May 6, 2021At Sea, Community, Compassion, Creativity, Deconstruction, Discipleship, It Is What You Make of It, Podcast, Reflections, Soul-Audio

The @ Sea podcast started out to be (and I hope continues to be) a helpful and hopeful guide through sometimes murky or turbulent cultural waters. Some of what that looks like is talking to people I don’t align with politically, ideologically, culturally,… Not because it’s enough to simply “celebrate diversity” but because the discipline … Read More

Hermeneutics, LGBTQ Youth, and the Pursuit of Love

April 29, 2021At Sea, Christianity, Church, Creativity, Deconstruction, Discipleship, Doubt, It Is What You Make of It, Leadership, Podcast, Reconciliation, Reflections

I remember being in a conversation, I think it was my Junior year of college, in which I was fully introduced to the term “hermeneutics.” I’d been familiar with “interpretation” before but the idea that there was a field of study based on the interpretive potters of readers was fascinating to me. It actually gave … Read More

@ Sea #59 – Fear and Booze & Beer and Taboos

March 18, 2021At Sea, Books, Christianity, Church, Community, Deconstruction, Discipleship, It Is What You Make of It, Reconciliation, Reflections

When Donald Miller’s book “Blue Like Jazz” was initially making its rounds through religious circles, one of the hot topics of conversation had to do with cultural taboos.  Namely, that there was a pastor in the book who cussed and that drinking alcohol was somewhat normalized. As someone who grew up around people who both … Read More