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The Gift of Context In Worship
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Welcome To Post-Adulthood?
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Unintended Consequences Of The Jesus Movement: Church by...
The middle-aged man stood before our group of mostly thirty-something congregational lay...
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What Kind Of Evangelical Am I?
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Forced Out In The Name Of "Reaching Young...
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Practicing Privilege In The Local Church
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I've written a lot about the relationship between those at or beyond...
40+ And The Church / The Sermon Zone
At a social event last weekend, I ran into C., a woman...
Two Wildly Different, Strangely Similar Books Asking One...
It's complicated. No, that's not a Facebook update on my relationship status.*...
Come To The Table (Part 2)
Yesterday, I shared the first half of this fictional story about a...
Come To The Table (Part 1)
Someone recently asked me who my blog readers are. It seems like...
"The Church is the New Israel": Ideas Have...
Professor Diane Leclerc of Northwest Nazarene University has a piece up on...
Is this my seat at the kiddie table?
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Whose Gifts Are They Anyway?
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What Happens At Your Church After An Older...
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Does Biblical Community Happen When You Live Where...
Every time I walk past an American Legion building in a nearby...
Content Trumps Character? The Real Message Of Disclaimer...
The recent uproar surrounding charges of plagiarism swirling around some of Mark...
On Building Fences Around Fences (Part 2)
Click here to read part one of this post. It takes a...
On Building Fences Around Fences (Part 1)
Recently, I ran across this list, reprinted from Wayne Grudem's* 2006 book...
No Swimming Allowed (Final)
Click here to read part one of this story I'm sharing as a...
No Swimming Allowed (Part 2)
Click here to read part one of this story I'm sharing as...
No Swimming Allowed (Part 1)
John MacArthur's recent Strange Fire conference was a hot topic around the...
"Do you have anything you'd like to confess to me before we...
Called to be the father?
You know how it is when you hear a sentence that simultaneously...
Church Leader: What Happens To You When You...
When I read sad posts like this one from a former church...
Nepotism And The Local Church: A Question
The pastor’s wife leads the worship ministry at their small congregation. Or…the...
Make Trouble, For God's Sake
It is very unusual for a church leader to encourage followers to...
Should The Church Be In The Marrying Business?
I really wish the Church would rethink her role in the marriage...
When You Say The Church Has Replaced Israel...
When I used to hear Christian speakers glibly toss out statements like,...
When Your Church Has Been Rocked By Scandal...
Should you stay or should you go? Besides being a riff on...
40+ And The Church / Survey Final
A few weeks ago, I wondered if it was just me having...
He kissed the secret of his childhood sexual...
Earlier this week, Pastor Josh Harris, pastor of Covenant Life Church in...
40+ And The Church / The Connected Have...
I've received more than 400 responses to date from those over 40...
40+ And The Church / A Matter Of...
Three weeks ago, I posted a brief survey querying those over 40...
40+ And The Church / Beyond Sunday Morning...
Church is where you go on Sunday morning, right? Over 70% of...
40+ Adults And The Church / Outgrowing The...
Is it possible to spiritually "outgrow" a local congregation? It is not...
40+ Adults And The Church/An Update
Last week, I shared some preliminary results (here and here) and first...
40+ Adults And The Church / Survey Results...
Sidelined by loss. Pushed out by politics. Tired of doing, doing, doing. Invisible....
40+ Adults And The Church / Survey Results...
The most remarkable part of the survey I posted last week came...
40+ Adults And The Church / Survey Results...
One conversation led to another. And another. And a bunch more after...
I am the church
Though my husband and I are still attending a congregation in our...
Praying for you, future Pope
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Of Bulletin Boards And Plaster Pillars
It was the Battle of the Bulletin Boards (BBB). Specifically, where said...
Leavin'...on a Sunday mornin'
"I want to leave my church, but I feel as though I've...
A Response To "An Open Letter To Everyone...
Author Margaret Feinberg has penned a kind and genuine expression of concern...
Teaching to indoctrinate or to educate?
It took me a long time to understand the difference between teaching...
All In The Family?
Yesterday, the Out of Ur blog ran a post about one of...
(Don't) take me to your leader
What is it like to be led by a spiritual leader who...
Who read Scripture during your church service this...
Should women be permitted to read Scripture aloud in a church service?...
Nothing new under the sun
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Women can. Should they?
I am currently reading Carolyn Custis James' thoughtful call to action entitled...
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What's a nice egalitarian woman like you doing in a complementarian church?...
Oh so much has been written about the consumerist nature of western...
Growing pains - part 3
"Leaving a church because you're not 'being fed' is a sign of...
Growing pains - part 2
One reason the question of whether it is possible to "outgrow" a...
Growing pains - part 1
Yesterday at Scot McKnight's popular Jesus Creed blog, he started a discussion...
Kickin' `em when they're down
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Banned book at church
Bill and I have been attending a small church for the last...
Church staff as ensemble cast, congregation as audience
Reed and Linda* relocated to a new city so Reed could lead...
What's A Nice Jewish Grandmother Like You Doing...
In 2013, I became a grad student at Northern Seminary. I wrote...
No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
Precious few of us will ever receive an invitation to travel for...
Jerusalem Day 2017
This Tuesday evening at sundown, the Jewish community will commemorate Jerusalem Day...
Shavuot, Pentecost: To Learn, To Try, To Eat
Shavuot begins at sundown on Tuesday, May 30th. Click here for a 5-minute...
What Does "Rejoice In The Lord" Mean?
Not long ago, an acquaintance asked me how I was doing. She...
Many Evangelicals were shocked to hear that one of their own, broadcaster...
Introducing: Long Days Of Small Things
When writer-friend Catherine McNeil told me she was writing about the spiritual...
It's Still Easter: One Thing To Learn, One...
It's the Wednesday after Easter. All the decent candy (chocolate bunnies and...
Is It Possible To Think For Ourselves AND...
At one end of the spectrum, we have the language of the...
Review: Deliberate Acts of Kindness
What do the person running the church nursery, the senior running the...
Yes, Seders Are For Christians*
Yes, Seders are for Christians. The asterisk in the title above Last week's...
Passover: One Thing To Try, One Thing To...
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When A Parent Is "Left Behind"
There has been much written about the exodus of Millennials from the...
Holy Week: Where "Follow Me" Leads Us
I started Lent this year with good intentions. But we all know...
Review: Of Stillness And Storm
My husband and I once had a pastor whose wife had never...
Reflection: The Sound of a Million Dreams
A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand...
True Influence: The Mordecai Option
The Jewish feast of Purim took place this year from sundown Saturday,...
Touch Not The Lord's Anointed?
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6 Things Christians Can Do Right Now To...
A few days ago, I wrote about the relative silence by Evangelical...
The New Christian Zionism: A Review
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Evangelical Leaders, I'm Listening...
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Lent: One thing to try, one thing to...
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Adult Baptism & Instruction
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Living The Jesus Creed This February
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Sykes, Eliason, And the Hard Work Of Regret
This past weekend, I heard an expression of regret from a man...
Evangelicalism's Uneasy Relationship With Qohelet
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What Are You Reading? January 2017 Edition
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Three Gifts of Women's Ministry
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Epiphany: One Thing To Learn, One Thing To...
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Learning to Write in Pencil
For the first 56 years of my life, I welcomed each new...
Designing Women's Ministry
The new women’s ministry director invited all adult women to a brainstorming...
2016, You've Been A Handful
This year is being dubbed a true annus horribilis (year of disaster)...
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ne memorable Advent, I wondered if I was going to set our...
"Chrismukkah": 1 thing to learn, 1 thing to...
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