Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

I'd once been lost. But somehow on the way to being found, I’d picked up the idea that my new life in Jesus had no space for my pre-Christian regrets. I perceived my lingering regrets as if they were a bad hangover from my sin, a byproduct of my troubled past. I’d been forgiven. Regret was an anchor to my past and had no place in my new life in Christ. If I didn’t know what to do with the regrets I’d acquired before Christ, I was even more clueless about how to think about the regrets I accumul … [Read more...]

24/6 In A 24/8 World

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"There is something comforting about being overworked. If work is the meaning of our lives, then more work equals more meaning. Our work ethic even extends to our time away from work. We like to say that we work hard and we play hard. But 24/6 is not about working hard and playing hard. it is about working hard and stopping. In that rhythm, the work takes on more meaning, and the stopping takes on holiness." - Dr. Matthew Sleeth Dr. Matthew Sleeth found his way to Sabbath rest before he came to … [Read more...]

Is God A Mafia Boss Or Is God Good? (Part 1)

A couple of years ago, I found myself sitting in a room with a bunch of really bright individuals who were dreaming of putting together a daylong practical theology conference for women to be held on the campus of Trinity International University. I didn't know most of them, but as we met to dream together a little more, then worked and prayed together, the unexpected bonus for me was getting to know the women on the planning committee. There is nothing like working on a project (like a big … [Read more...]

Heading To College With A Bit Less Baggage

As I shopped for school supplies for my soon-to-be sixth grade grandson at Target last week, I passed by a mom and her daughter doing what looked to be the "stocking the dorm room" shopping trip. The young woman was eagerly scanning the aisles for just the right towels. The mom was pushing the overflowing cart behind her, watching every move her daughter made as she readied for her big launch.There are lots of nostalgic articles and reflections at this time of year written by parents who are … [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...]

Faith Unsettled

It was an honor to put my head together with two women with deep faith and a gift for insight (who each happen to have wonderful new books out this summer) for the following post. Jen Pollock Michel kicks things off here, and Marlena Graves wraps things up, and my words are in the middle. I'll clip a bit of Jen's words to launch you - click on the link for the full post on today's Her.meneutics blog. * * * * * * * Like a lot of writers, I read about the writing life. (A little bit of company … [Read more...]

Bridging The Divide

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I used to cringe at the word "ecumenical". It smacked of engineered truces and kumbayah emotions. It conjured images for me of 1960's World Council of Churches meetings and "So a priest and a rabbi walk into a bar" jokes - only the jokes never seemed to have a good punchline since everyone involved in ecumenical dialogue seemed to take themselves as seriously as a heart attack.I much preferred conversations about unity to ecumenism talk because it took me right to Jesus' final prayer for … [Read more...]


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