Words don’t come.
Beka Tucker » Exvangelical
by bekatucker
1y ago
A lot has been happening for me and finding time to write is a challenge. Beyond this, sometimes, words don't come or I have too many and no clear direction in my thoughts. Then, there are times like this one today, when I have words but I don't like them. More children have died in ..read more
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Gone fishin’
Beka Tucker » Exvangelical
by bekatucker
1y ago
A little while ago, I attended the Association of Partners in Christian Education (APCE) conference virtually.  I was a face in a box on a screen listening to John Pavlovitz sharing his thoughts on compassion fatigue and the steps needed for work in ministry to be sustainable.  He offered an affirming, yet uncomfortable suggestion to ..read more
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Holy matrimony.
Beka Tucker » Exvangelical
by bekatucker
1y ago
It wasn’t until leaving the churches of christ and joining a presbyterian church that I heard my marriage referred to as holy.  It’s not that holiness hadn’t been attributed to me previously, but not in this new, more loving and dignifying manner.  Prior, it was my state of virginity specifically that I remember being identified ..read more
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I’m fine. This is fine.
Beka Tucker » Exvangelical
by bekatucker
1y ago
There is pain today, as there is every day.  Unlike in years prior, before technology made it possible to know of hundreds of harms in a matter of minutes of internet wandering, people typically only knew of the grief of those within their town, within the fields of their local newspaper reporters, or within the ..read more
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I’m pleading with you to be quiet for all the moms who can’t tell you how awful you’re being.
Beka Tucker » Exvangelical
by bekatucker
1y ago
Years back, before I had children of my own, I remember hearing “I can’t believe anyone would do that to their children.  Who does that?  What evil possesses a woman to kill her baby?”.  I’m positive that person had no idea of the damage they did in that moment or the continuing impact years later.  ..read more
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Am I an imposter?
Beka Tucker » Exvangelical
by bekatucker
1y ago
Being a church leader is paralyzing in some ways.  At times, it is affirming and uplifting, but on the other hand, it makes attending church feel like a job.  Anyone at any time can be upset with you- feel you haven’t done your part, should have done it differently, should have kept your mouth shut ..read more
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Happy Sad
Beka Tucker » Exvangelical
by bekatucker
1y ago
I had a difficult conversation a couple of days ago and I’m still processing it.  One of my children asked me about the Bible and how I feel about it, sharing with me that it makes him feel happy and sad.  I, too, feel those same emotions when I open it.  I have such a ..read more
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A cup of coffee please, not a side of platitudes.
Beka Tucker » Exvangelical
by bekatucker
1y ago
Gratitude has a place in all of our lives, but I don’t feel it is something we should tell others to have.  Phrases like “find the silver lining” or “everything happens for a reason” are not helpful.  When a person is experiencing distress, whether profound or not, those trite platitudes do very little more than ..read more
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I don’t need to add anything to this.
Beka Tucker » Exvangelical
by bekatucker
2y ago
"If we are urgently committed to seeking truth and doing justice, then we will clean up our information processes, systems, and content. We will improve the dependability and trustworthiness of our information. We will not listen to inveterate liars, even if they tell us things that we wish were true. We will value truth, seek ..read more
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People are still dying.
Beka Tucker » Exvangelical
by bekatucker
2y ago
I understand that some people are uncomfortable by the physical mask I wear when I go inside public and private places.  My husband has been ill off and on for months now and we need all of his available sick leave for him, not for him to use because of any illness I might have.  ..read more
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