The Upside Of Nepotism?

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So much of my Christian journey has been marked by the way those in power have used their social privilege to either protect themselves or promote those in their families or their inner circles. I've written about nepotism in this space before. Others (click here and here) have raised lots of important questions about nepotism and related forms of cronyism in the church. These practices live directly at the intersection of a leaders' joy in seeing his or her children/pals following the Lord and t … [Read more...]

Radio Silence, Breaking Bad, And The (Premature) Question Of ‘Where Next?’

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After a couple of false starts thanks to early February blizzards, my husband and I finally got to use those frequent flyer tickets for a trip to Florida. We've had a couple of overnight trips in the last year, but haven't been away just to get away in a very long time. We've had lots of fun visiting with friends who live here or just so happened to be "in the neighborhood" while we were here. A definite highlight for me was a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. Who knew those Gemini and Apollo … [Read more...]

Who Are Our Esthers?

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Who doesn't love the story of Esther, the young Jewish girl who put her life on the line in order to save thousands of other Jewish lives? Who isn't inspired by people like Corrie ten Boom who used their positions of social privilege during World War II to act in the spirit of Esther to save the lives of Jewish people?Next Wednesday evening is Purim, the holiday celebrating God's deliverance of the Jewish people via the courage of one woman who used her voice and privilege on behalf of those … [Read more...]

When Renee Walks Away: On “De-conversion” Stories

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The latest "I once was 'found', then I headed for the exit door" tale making the rounds among the Christian internet world is that of George Perdikis, one of the founder of Christian pop band, the Newsboys. Whether it's stories like that of Bob Dylan, Frank Schaeffer, Katy Perry, or countless others over the last 2,000 years who have elected to walk away from orthodox Christianity, we who stay may have one or both of these responses: (1) We may chalk it up either apostasy or a belief that the le … [Read more...]

By “Rightsize”, I Mean “Exorcise” These Nine Church-y Words

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As a writer, I spend my days playing with words. This also means I spend too much time - usually when I'm writing a first draft - watching cat videos, rearranging my cabinets, thinking about what to make for dinner, and watching the squirrels re-enact West Side Story outside my window.When I'm not watching Tony Squirrel woo Maria Squirrel, I do try to pay close attention to how people use words. Language is a living thing. I'm fascinated by the lists of words that have become tired, lazy … [Read more...]

Forced Out In The Name Of “Reaching Young Families”

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***My friend A. was an old hippie who looked a little like Jerry Garcia (the old guy version) with grease under his fingernails. He worked at a body shop by day, and gave his nights and weekends to what he believed was his true calling: a musician who used his gifts as part of his church's worship team. He spent more than three decades as a rock `n roll version of David during his harp-playing days. He worked hard to stay current when it came to trends in worship music. His skills were stellar, … [Read more...]

In Search Of Mitford

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To The Good People Of Mitford, NC -You may be classified as fictional characters living in an imaginary place, but after reading all nine books in Jan Karon's series featuring so many of you during the last two decades, I feel as though I've you've taken on the status of my second home. I've had five addresses since I first met you all when a good friend pressed a just-off-the-press copy of At Home In Mitford (the 1994 Lion Press edition) into my hands. I've imagined myself living among … [Read more...]


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