© 2019 -  Joshua Wilkey - This Appalachian Life

Occasionally, I use this space to write about my faith. I am a Christian, and my faith is a core piece of my identity. I am a Lutheran, and my wife and I are members of an amazing little church in Western North Carolina. Our congregation is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a protestant denomination that embodies a spirit of service and inclusion. As you will be able to tell from the essays below, my faith informs my political and social views. 

October 9, 2018

I grew up in a religious tradition that pretended to honor women while systematically subjugating them. 

For this reason, I am not surprised at all that conservative evangelicals, including women, so resoundingly support a man who was accused of sexual assault by an utt...

June 19, 2018

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever...

June 17, 2018

I had the privilege of filling in this morning for Pastor Rosemary Peek at our church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran. This is the text of my sermon:

The Kingdom of Heaven is like Kudzu. It sounds crazy, right? But stick with me.

I love Jesus’s parables. This time of yea...

October 31, 2017

Jesus wouldn’t recognize the brand of fundamentalist Christianity being practiced today in a whole lot of Appalachian churches.  

Growing up, I didn’t know there was an alternative to the fundamentalist Southern Baptist Church. I spent Sundays and most Wednesday evening...

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