Author Archives: Sharon Autenrieth

About Sharon Autenrieth

Wife, mom to 5, homeschooler, Christian Education Director, idealist, malcontent, follower of Jesus.

Week One in Trump’s America

We are in Bizarro world now, where unless someone hands you a pamphlet entitled “I’m a White Nationalist: Ask Me How” you cannot suggest that they have troubling ties to white nationalism. I know that many people are enjoying this … Continue reading

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A Donald J. Trump Link Salad

I never blog anymore: I just rant on Facebook. But today I’m going to use this platform to share a few links about our newly anointed Republican nominee for president, in an attempt to consolidate my ranting. Then, of course, … Continue reading

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On Civil Disobedience and the Respectable Response

In the wake of the Chicago Trump rally shutdown and the traffic stoppage protest in Arizona, I’ve been hearing a lot about civil disobedience and protest.   I also heard the opinions of the people around me at the St. … Continue reading

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In the Trump Bubble

“You’re going to do what? Are you crazy?” “Please, Mom, don’t go!  You’ll do something stupid and get hurt!” “Let me know if you need to be bailed out of jail.” I went because I want to understand. I went … Continue reading

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The Lord Has Come: Lace Up Your Boots (A Sermon for Christmas Sunday)

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses,Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is … Continue reading

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American Christianity’s no-cost discipleship

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, leader in the German Confessing Church Today one of my … Continue reading

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What, you too?

“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” C.S. Lewis I bought a t-shirt at the Storyline Conference.  It’s a great t-shirt:  a … Continue reading

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First, Compassion: Compassion Fatigue Can Come Later

We’re exhausted.  My last post was written in the days immediately following the SCOTUS same sex marriage decision, and it seems the entire summer has been one long stream of public controversies, celebrity scandals, tragedies, disasters and culture war battles. … Continue reading

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At Pride, in the name of love

I was at St Louis Pride this weekend. Saturday night, as I felt more and more anxious about being “outed” as a Pride attendee, I decided I needed to write about it; face my fear head on. I could tell … Continue reading

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17 thoughts on not being a pastor

1.  I never much liked the title anyway, so that’s lucky. 2.  When I first heard that I might not be relicensed this year I was panicked, angry, hurt, and desperate to get the Credentials Board to change their mind. … Continue reading

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