If Only We Could Have A Discussion About Our If Only’s

Happy August, friend! As miserable as last winter was for those of us living in the area of the country caught in the clutches of the Polar Vortex, this summer's mild temperatures and abundant sunshine have almost erased the memory of mountains of snow andFrozen-like temperatures.(Well, almost.)Though we're in the second half of summer, many of us are shopping for school supplies and looking ahead to autumn's schedules.For those of you involved in planning upcoming Bible studies, … [Read more...]

Pop Goes The Blessing Bubble


I've known a small handful of people who've had lives remarkably free from trial, reversal or loss. One woman I used to know had her entire life mapped out using the blueprint of the American Dream, Conservative Christian Version, from a very young age. Her life has gone pretty much the way she'd planned it: marriage, two kids, a dog, lovely suburban home, stable career, a bit of travel, a cozy group of friends. It was pretty amazing to witness over the years. If your life unfolds precisely as … [Read more...]

The Church Deserves Better Than Ugly Decorations

1987 called. It wants its tissue box cover back. You know the one, made by hand in colonial blue and dusty rose calico. Author David Murrow appears to have found the final resting place of this artifact in the churches he's visited. He excerpted a section from his book, How Women Help Men Find God, in a blog post entitled "Does Your Church Look Like A Beauty Parlor?", describing the country-folksy décor in some small and mid-sized church buildings:As I speak in churches, I notice the bea … [Read more...]

…On Earth As It Is In Heaven: A Prayer


Like many of you, I am glued to the news coming out of the Middle East. An ocean of virtual ink has been spilled this summer in debate over the Israel-Gaza war, the Israel-West Bank conflict, and the hard shift caliphate-building ISIS has brought as its taken hold across war-ravaged Syria and Iraq. And the reality is that heart-breaking recent events in Somalia, South Sudan and Ukraine are not disconnected from what is happening in the Middle East.I am writing from a comfortable home in a C … [Read more...]

Interview: Immigration (The Skeptic’s Guide Series)


Each Thursday, the mailman delivers a weekly shopper newspaper to us that includes a few local stories and a feature entitled "Sound Off". This space is devoted to printing the rants of commenters emboldened by the possibility of complete anonymity. (The paper instructs them to call their pearls of wisdom in to a phone number I suspect is connected to an answering machine in a broom closet.)As the numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have made their way across this … [Read more...]

Sample: Teach Us To Want

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We who follow Jesus are supposed to desire God, and in doing so, will ourselves brute-force-style out of desiring anything else this world has to offer. Our desires are wrong and carnal. At least, that's the message we think we're supposed to believe about the nature of our desire.My friend and fellow Her.meneutics contributor Jen Pollock Michel contends in her new book Teach Us To Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith (IVPress, 2014) that God has a different story to tell us about … [Read more...]

Interview: Love Letters From The Edge

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I've been talking a lot about my book lately in this space. I'm grateful for the opportunity to share its message with you! However, this week, I'm looking forward to highlighting the writing of others.Today, I want to draw your attention to an excellent resource for those who've experienced trauma and/or loss. Love Letters From The Edge (free today only on Kindle!) is a beautifully-written series of letters that gives voice to experience of a trauma survivor - and the way in which God would … [Read more...]