How’s Your Soul? Check Your Facebook Feed.

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It's the day after a holiday weekend, and I check in on Facebook. I scroll through my newsfeed and see pictures of a gathering of some of my old friends at a beach house, baby pictures from a former coworker, blurry shots of smiling faces at a family reunion, and a few random selfies of people I barely know atttending a concert. Journalist H.L. Mencken once defined Puritanism as the suspicion that someone, somewhere is having a good time.Neither Puritans nor the rest of us need wonder if … [Read more...]

Review: The Road To Character

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My general belief is that we’ve accidentally left this moral tradition behind. Over the last several decades, we’ve lost this language, this way of organizing life. We’re not bad. But we are morally inarticulate. We’re not more selfish or venal than people in other times, but we’ve lost the understanding of how character is built. – David Brooks If I could shove one book into the hands of most everyone I know and demand they read it, it would be NY Times columnist and pundit David Brooks' The Ro … [Read more...]

Blogging Truth To Power

My husband and I once belonged to a congregation where leaders took their cues from theShepherding Movement. Emphasizing allegiance and church unity, they expected members to submit to their authority in all matters. One of their favorite mantras came from 1 Corinthians, using the King James Version for extra emphasis: Touch not God’s anointed. I was taught that to question a leader was to defy God himself. I was a naive sheep in this flock until I stumbled upon the elaborate efforts to keep hi … [Read more...]

Regret Redux (Day 2)

My book If Only: Letting Go Of Regret released a year ago. I've been humbled and gratified by the wonderful response from readers and reviewers. A number have told me the book helped them recognize, confront and release their own long-standing regrets. This week, in celebration of God's faithfulness, I'm re-running some of my favorite posts from the last year on the topic of regret.What would a birthday party be without presents? Click here before Friday, June 26th at midnight Central time to … [Read more...]

Regret Redux (Day 1)

My book If Only: Letting Go Of Regret released a year ago. I've been humbled and gratified by the wonderful response from readers and reviewers. A number have told me the book helped them recognize, confront and release their own long-standing regrets. This week, in celebration of God's faithfulness, I'm re-running some of my favorite posts from the last year on the topic of regret.What would a birthday party be without presents? Click here before Friday, June 26th at midnight Central time … [Read more...]

Sex, Drugs, and Getting Old

The moment might strike while antiquing; their eyes meet over a mid-century modern divan, and the sparks fly. Both middle-aged partners are ready for some empty-nester afternoon delight… thanks to the pharmaceutical industry. That’s the picture we get from the ads for erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra that pepper late-night TV programs. A new batch of commercials for the drug Osphena target women who experience painful intercourse, or dyspareunia, due to the ho … [Read more...]

A Positive Women’s Ministry Story

Some of the women of Digging Deeper.

An update from the Women's Ministry front:I've been at pastel tables featuring tea cups and doilies, making small talk with church ladies. I've gone to women's "retreats" that were nothing more than glorified teachfests with a side of craft projects, teary testimonies and awkward ice-breaker activities. I've been a part of women's Bible study groups that have been a reader response echo chamber: "What do you think this verse says?"/"I don't know. What do you think it says?"/"The notes in my … [Read more...]


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