Review: The Hardest Thing To Do

If anyone but my friend Carole had handed me a book series like Penelope Wilcock's The Hawk and The Dove, I would have found a way to smile politely, tumble together a sloppy "thanks but no thanks; too busy" and pass them back to the giver as if I were playing Hot Potato.  Carole, a brilliant friend possessing the equivalent of a black belt in classic literature, pressed the stack of three books in Wilcock's original trilogy on me back in the days when they were three separate books. (They've … [Read more...]

A Plea: Listen To The Voice Of Grief

Last Friday, Christianity Today's Her.meneutics blog ran my post entitled "Like Valerie Harper, We're All Terminal". In it, I contended that we in the Church talk a lot about eternal life, but we stink at helping each other deal with death. After I wrote the Valerie Harper post, but prior to it being published, I received a series of emails from a young ministry wife I'll call "T". I referenced her story briefly here.Because of her life circumstances, "T" requested that I not share her name. … [Read more...]

Out To The Margins: Ginnie Lange

What does honest faith look like? If I head out to the margins, the places at the edge of things where our messiness and Christ's forgiveness meet, I have the best chance of finding the answer to that question. From time to time, I'd like to introduce you to people I know who've followed Jesus out to the margins. You and I may not sign off on each of these friends' choices or convictions, but I hope their stories will spur you to wander out to the margins yourself. (If you do, let me know what … [Read more...]

When Theology Becomes An Assault Weapon

What appears to be pristine theology, presented in user-friendly form, may in fact be a deadly assault weapon.A young friend was struggling with how to trust God as she faced infertility. She didn't feel as though the Ladies Bible study crew at her church would be the best place for her to process her questions and emotions. I suggested we read a book together - something that could shape our conversation and our prayers. I offered four titles addressing the subject of trust, a couple of … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip #10 – Moshe’s Mama

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture chronologically in order to explore our exile experience. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, click here. * * * * * * *When we lived in WI, my husband and I were foster parents for 2 years, licensed to do "cradle care" for Bethany Christian Services. According to state law, ba … [Read more...]

Church staff as ensemble cast, congregation as audience

Reed and Linda* relocated to a new city so Reed could lead a faith-based nonprofit organization after many years of pastoring a church.It took the family several months to find a new church home, which was a disconcerting experience for them after spending so long at the helm of their former church. They finally settled on a mid-sized non-denominational congregation in a nearby town, and met with the church's pastor to introduce themselves and put their gifts and experience at his team's … [Read more...]

Church staff as ensemble cast, congregation as audience

Reed and Linda* relocated to a new city so Reed could lead a faith-based nonprofit organization after many years of pastoring a church.It took the family several months to find a new church home, which was a disconcerting experience for them after spending so long at the helm of their former church. They finally settled on a mid-sized non-denominational congregation in a nearby town, and met with the church’s pastor to introduce themselves and put their gifts and experience at his team’s dis … [Read more...]


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