We’re Asking the Wrong Questions About Three-Parent Embryos

I’m not necessarily opposed to three-parent embryos. But I am opposed to sanctioning this technology, and others like it, without first considering the actual moral conundrums they raise, not the well-meaning but ultimately immaterial ones so often discussed in articles like this one. [Read more...]

WWJD About Independence Day?

The important question isn’t whether we should or shouldn’t acknowledge Independence Day in church. The important question is whether we believe that with God all things are possible, including the redemption of our nation, in all its brokenness and all its promise. [Read more...]

How Having an (Insurance-Covered) IUD is Saving My Life

If I were to become pregnant again, there is enormous potential for another harrowing birth and permanent damage to my body and ability to do the things that I love, want, and need to do. That potential means that I would seriously consider having an abortion. I know I don’t want to face that decision. And I know that a tiny boomerang of hormone-infused plastic ensures that I haven’t had to, and won’t have to, make such a decision.

This is why I feel like my IUD is saving my sanity, my family, my very life.
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Original Sin and Throw Pillows: On the Ethics of Stuff

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In May, I published an essay for OnFaith about finally realizing, after years of guilt, that wanting and having a comfortable, attractive home is not necessarily un-Christian. The essay, later published in the print edition of the Washington Post, got lots of responses from readers thanking me for tackling a question that many Christians, particularly [Read More...]

The God Who Wants to Be Noticed

I believe the universe, or more precisely, its creator, wants to be noticed. In noticing life and love and healing and connection and resurrection and redemption, and naming those occurrences for what they are, we witness to the God who made a world in which such everyday miracles are not just possible, but inevitable. [Read more...]

Dealing with Our “If Only”s

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I am pleased to be participating in a blog tour for my friend Michelle Van Loon’s new book from Beacon Hill Press, If Only: Letting Go of Regret. Regret is one of the most devastating emotions, I think, and one we simply don’t know what to do with. We’ve learned to deal with our anger by counting [Read More...]

Can Hospitality Be Too “Scruffy”?

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Several years ago, when I was invited to speak at a conference, a friend (who was also speaking) and I shared a room to save money. Our room was not in an actual hotel, but rather in a sort of guest house that the hosting organization ran in an old apartment building. The furnishings were [Read More...]

Why Church is Important (One Reason, Anyway)

Perhaps part of me thinks that to be worthwhile, prayer and Bible study have to be strenuous and difficult and unpleasant. Showing up to church to sing beautiful music, read ready-made prayers, and hear an excellent sermon seems too simple. [Read more...]

Revitalizing Churches and Communities the “Slow Church” Way

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After years of driving south to visit my husband’s family in North Carolina, our family has developed a series of designated stopping places that give us just what we need at certain points in our journey. There’s the Delaware rest stop with pretty flower gardens and a playground, which is a perfect place to stretch [Read More...]

Why I Don’t Pray or Study the Bible (Much)

While I grew up in the Episcopal Church (the same Episcopal Church I currently attend, in fact), I didn’t start thinking proactively about my Christian faith until I got involved with an evangelical fellowship in college. I learned a lot of unfamiliar evangelical lingo, including “quiet time” (sometimes shortened to “QT”) to refer to time [Read More...]

“A Beautiful Disaster”: Marlena Graves on Suffering, God, & a Child-Like Faith

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When people get all in a tizzy about how the Internet is ruining real human relationships, I get exasperated. Because thanks to Facebook and online journalism, I have a cadre of writing colleagues with whom I have almost daily contact, and whom I also consider friends. One colleague/friend is Marlena Graves, who is one of [Read More...]

Evangelizing with Strawberries

Every Memorial Day, families in our suburb of Hartford, Conn., gather in the town center for a parade. Our church takes advantage of our location on the parade route to invite passers-by to stop for bowls of strawberry shortcake (with hot dogs and drinks also available). It’s a modest fundraiser for the church, but also [Read More...]


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