Defiantly Love Your Neighbor

While many people have said what I’m about to say - I will say it again - there just aren’t words for what happened in #Orlando. There just isn’t a way to talk about it in a way that honors the depth and breadth of pain and sorrow that is encompassed by this tragedy.And so, I will lean into tradition, with something many people dismiss off hand as simplistic or trite, but I call us to:Defiantly Love Your NeighborAll the neighbors. The nice ones and the despicable ones. The peaceful on … [Read more...]

Re-engaging the Bible (aka the Mess)

“I stopped reading the Bible because I can’t handle the mess.”My friend let this out in the middle of Sunday morning House Church. It wasn’t a surprise. I know the struggles that she is going through. I thought it was a really concise statement about how many people feel about the Bible. And many times, when going through this, there isn’t anyone there to walk through it with safely.Over the last 2 years, as my house church has ebbed and flowed, we have developed a pattern that seems rea … [Read more...]

A Resurrection World for Women

Given how Lent went, I’m thankful that we are reminded that resurrection comes. After the darkness and disappointment of losing Christ, resurrection is the beginning of all things being made new.Recently I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the state of women and girls in the world, and have been having lots of conversations about the hook-up culture that singles find themselves in. The combination of all of that is not necessarily encouraging.So, I’d like to share with you a list of … [Read more...]

Lent Derailed

In my last post, I shared about some unscheduled Spring cleaning - an oven fire, a fire extinguisher, and a massive mess. Well, I am still finishing the cleaning. It seems to grow in scale, the closer I get to the finish line. I’m not sure how that’s possible, but it’s what it feels like.One thing this whole event did was derail my attempt at Lent this year. I attempted a food based commitment, and losing the ability to cook pretty much sent me over the edge. It’s not that I couldn’t succeed, … [Read more...]

Unscheduled Spring Cleaning

Sunday morning, as we were preparing for brunch, our oven tried to eat itself. We are super thankful that everything is okay. We have to replace the oven. But it could have been worse.We did however have to use a fire extinguisher and that created a huge mess. One that has taken several days of intense clean up, an early unscheduled spring cleaning. The chemicals in the extinguisher can hurt electronics and damage other surfaces, so everything has to be wiped down, dusted, vacuumed, and … [Read more...]

Wayne Grudem for President #nothanks

Disclaimer: I tend not to comment on politics, and I haven’t been following the Republican race very closely, but I came across something this week that was really startling (excluding anything Trump). It is a clear reminder that we need to be aware of who is informing our candidates and potential future leaders. A Slate article by Ruth Graham unveiled that Marco Rubio has installed Wayne Grudem as part of his religious liberty advisory board.You may not recognize his name, but W … [Read more...]

A Little Christmas Hope

The Nativity scene is one of my favorite parts of the Advent/Christmas season. Remembering the stories of childhood, the mystery of the biblical narrative, and the beautiful images that are almost other-worldly. Angels worshipping from the skies above, stars shooting across the Milky Way, and wise men travelling from thousands of miles with great gifts. While it’s easy to put all this in context and question the way it all really went, it’s still a beautiful picture. One that captures our ima … [Read more...]

Unboxing

They’re nothing more exciting than a box. Cats love them - usually empty. Kids use them as fuel for endless expressions of imagination. We get gifts in them. Send gifts in them. We get practical things out of boxes and extravagant things. Boxes are great. And so, it’s no wonder that we talk about the way we see the world as putting things in boxes or insisting that we are box breakers.From early in life we learn to categorize and order the world around us. Mom usually gets her own box. Then c … [Read more...]

Women Sticking Together

 When I first started studying women and the church, it became very clear that this is never a one way topic. It seems throughout history that every time women take two steps forward toward equality and fair treatment, they get pushed back at least one step, and sometimes if feels like two or three. As of the present, gender equality is not something that is achieved and then remains intact, but is something that we must continually work to keep at the front of our consciousness. While … [Read more...]

The Cost of Changing Faith

An ongoing discussion I keep stumbling into is how people are dealing with changes in their faith. Whether through a church transition, personal challenge, or a change in the direction of life, faith is continually growing and transitioning. These transitions are challenging because things that seemed secure are now more fluid. There are periods of calm, where it feels more settled, and moments where the foundations are shaking and we’re not sure which way to go. This can be a very lonely p … [Read more...]


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