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Messy Jesus Business · 4d ago

Rebecca’s story

  “Can I call my husband?” It was the first question she asked. Rebecca had been held for a year in “children jail,” a holding center for those 18 years old and under caught crossing the bor...
Messy Jesus Business · 1W ago

Celibate Living in a Sex-Obsessed Society

Driving home from another ministry excursion, I pass billboard after billboard saying there are sex shops nearby. With each sighting, my stomach turns with sickness, my face falls into a fro...
Messy Jesus Business · 1W ago

Anxious resistance

I had a knot in my stomach all day. I couldn’t focus at work. I lost my appetite. I felt exhausted as soon as I woke up. My mind was running with a thousand scenarios of things going wrong. ...
Messy Jesus Business · 2W ago

Be perfect

Hypocrisy. According to Google, it’s “The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.” It’s a dirty word; the worst of ins...
Messy Jesus Business · 3W ago

Marked

Most days, our schedules are clogged with avoidance: We’d rather ignore the inevitable smudge of human decay.   This morning though, Ash Wednesday, we step into lines and confront the truth ...
Messy Jesus Business · 1M ago

Bread, art and a kindergarten heart

  “NO! I HATE this part of the bread! I won’t eat it!” My daughter had just realized that her peanut butter and honey toast was made with an “all-crust” heel piece. To a five-year-old who ha...
Messy Jesus Business · 1M ago

The wonderful inconvenience of love

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I love this day so much because this is a day when we can celebrate and praise God for the gift of the strongest force in the universe: love! Love is the foundation o...
Messy Jesus Business · 1M ago

Into the darkness: awkward yet unafraid

I am gripping ski poles through fleece-lined mittens, my feet secured to cross-country skis. My arms and legs slide back and forth, propelling me forward along the trail. I have only been in...
Messy Jesus Business · 1M ago

Death comes for us all, Oroku Saki

“Death comes for us all, Oroku Saki, but something much worse comes for you … for when you die, it will be without honor.” ~ Master Splinter, to the Shredder, in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle...
Messy Jesus Business · 1M ago

Death comes for us all, Oroku Saki

      About the Rabble Rouser: Steven Cottam serves as youth minister at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He lives in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia, with his lovely ...