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August 04, 2015
Walter White is My Shining Star
When I first met Walter White, I was in pretty bad shape. Incapacitated by my...
July 21, 2015
A Bug Night of the Soul
It was a night of tumors, broken relationships, lost jobs, and loneliness. A night of...
June 05, 2015
Hello, Insomnia, My Old Friend
It may have started with the antique grandfather clock in my childhood living room. The...
May 18, 2015
In the Marrow of Depression and Anxiety
By the time you read this, I’ll be feeling much better. Therapy will have commenced,...
April 29, 2015
Sexist Assumptions and the Difficult, Dirty Work of Grace
My husband was deep into a bathroom remodeling project when he asked me to stop...
April 15, 2015
Writing This Post Was on My Bucket List
I’ve never left North America, seen the Statue of Liberty, or dipped a toe in...
March 27, 2015
Dollar Store Evangelism
Because I enjoy the finer things in life, I ran into Dollar Tree the other...
March 11, 2015
“A Pair of Silk Stockings” and Other Frivolous Pleasures of Mothers
After a harrowing weekend of yelling at my children, I decided I needed to take...
February 20, 2015
Back to the Drawing Board
To say I can't draw myself out of a cardboard box is to assume I...
February 03, 2015
The Power of Twelve
You won’t want to do it, but I’ll ask just the same: imagine being twelve...
January 21, 2015
Childhood Cinema Redux
Over our recent winter break, my husband and I introduced our two older kids to...
January 06, 2015
An Introvert’s Resolution
My husband and I saw a stage production of Harvey in Milwaukee last month. The...
December 17, 2014
In Defense of Fruitcake
At some point or another, every Christmas celebrant in America has to draw lines in...
November 25, 2014
A Tradition without Tryptophan
November is always an interesting time for a family of vegetarians. While my three children...
November 03, 2014
Praying the “Sleeping Tune”
In an effort to help believers who struggle with prayer, many evangelical speakers and books...
October 23, 2014
Raising Kids in the Creation/Evolution Divide, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. At the time of our children’s young-earth themed Vacation Bible School, I...
October 22, 2014
Raising Kids in the Creation/Evolution Divide, Part 1
Two summers ago,my husband Jeremy and I decided to cancel our family’s cross-country road trip...
September 25, 2014
Better Red(head) than Dead
One day my mother came home from the interior decorating shop where she worked, very...
September 11, 2014
How to End an Era
We're supposed to shake our heads when Daisy Buchanan, considering a summer solstice celebration on...
August 27, 2014
Your Life Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means
On the last night of Image's Glen West Workshop earlier this month, after a moving...
August 06, 2014
He Fits Right In: Our Story of Open Adoption
I’ve tried to stop policing adoption language, no matter how much phrases like “real mom,”...
July 21, 2014
My Own Desert (Tortoise) Father
I didn’t spend enough time with Oscar this summer. For forty years I've believed time...
June 04, 2014
My Date with One-Eared Joe
I didn’t get many dates in high school. At the time, I thought I was...
May 15, 2014
That Woman is Gone: Discovering Postpartum Depression
On some spring mornings, even nine years later, a remnant returns: red-winged blackbirds wake me...
April 28, 2014
Pennies from Heaven
I’ve never really been into crosses. Like fire hydrants or Starbucks, there are so many,...
April 10, 2014
Keeping Up with the Writing Joneses
By the time this post runs, I’ll be in Grand Rapids at the Calvin Festival...
March 19, 2014
Stumbling into the Waterfall: 25 Years of
To celebrate Image’s twenty-fifth anniversary, we are posting a series of essays from people who...
February 25, 2014
Letting It All Hang Out
I was zoning out at a red light when a shiny object—or, shall I say,...
February 04, 2014
For a young woman beset with all manner of insecurities, the early nineties in southern...
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