A Christian Isn’t…

By: Robin DeMurga on Tuesday August 23, 2016

1. Trying harder 2. Managing sin 3. Living with integrity 4. Not cussing 5. Not smoking 6. Not drinking 7. Reading the Bible 8. Praying 9. Going to church 10. Participating in a small group 11. Submitting 12. Serving 13. Watching the company we keep 14. Believing “correct” theology...

God is Capricious

By: Robin DeMurga on Tuesday February 2, 2016

It’s in my nature. I worry about, struggle with, obsess over and push back against everything. I never developed beyond the childhood stage of constantly, over and over, asking the question “Why?” Then getting an answer and asking again, “…But why?” Always demanding answers. Included in...

No More Gatekeepers

By: Robin DeMurga on Tuesday July 21, 2015

“You don’t get it. You're too young. We couldn’t get away with any of this at Key Life 10 years ago…the church has changed. And thank God,” I said the other day. Back even just 10 years ago (and certainly 15-20 years ago) the theological, cultural and institutional gatekeepers were in...

A Tiny Miracle

By: Robin DeMurga on Wednesday October 29, 2014

It was a Brown family vacation to God’s Country, the Tennessee mountains, the highlight of which was gem mining. All 9 of us went with varying amounts of excitement and expectation. I was looking forward to the day. There is nothing I like more than mud…and the possibility of gems. My niece...

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

By: Robin DeMurga on Wednesday October 1, 2014

There is one problem. It is impossible. As human beings, we are tangled, messy balls of yarn—the kind kittens like to chase, bat around and trap in corners. Our physical, spiritual, psychological, emotional and mental “selves” are all an interconnected whole. “For you formed my inward...

How to Breathe Underwater & Other Lessons from the Fishbowl

By: Robin DeMurga on Wednesday July 23, 2014

My father—who once worked as a lifeguard—taught my sister and me how to swim. While I can swim and don't think I'd drown, I'm not big on putting my head underwater. For good reason. There is in me this essential need to breathe. The pastor, the pastor's spouse, and their kids all live in a...

Living Under Grace… According to Stan the Skeleton

By: Robin DeMurga on Wednesday July 9, 2014

All of it. Truth be told, I’m in love with Stan. A fellow student pointed at one of my drawings and said, “This is the day you fell in love with Stan.” She then smiled and added, “He just wasn’t my type.” Stan has got me thinking about the body of Christ…the wondrous connection we...

The Art of Grace

By: Robin DeMurga on Wednesday May 21, 2014

I've had my hands in wet clay forever. The act of creating something out of nothing is indescribable. It is both good and right. I lose myself. Time stops. Space disappears. I build from the base up, attaching, tearing away, pressing, adding texture. The clay grows into form under my hands. The...