The Cost Of Listening

In the wake a week where Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa lost their lives, I appreciated post after post on social media again calling for whites to silence themselves and listen to the experiences of African-Americans. The kind of listening that comes from a deep desire to understand is a crucial first step. I want to be that kind of listener.At the conclusion of those three gut-wrenching days following July … [Read more...]

Unintended Consequences of the Jesus Movement: The Big Decision

Earlier this year, I launched in this space an occasional series looking back on the unintended consequences of the Jesus Movement. I've explored topics including our hand-clappin' praise songs, the Rapture, our voting habits, and our worship services. Today, I'm picking up where I left off by talking about something that's not a news flash to most reading these words: the Evangelical focus on decisions for Christ, often at the expense of discipleship. This impulse wasn't new to Evangelicalism. … [Read more...]

A Time To Be Silent; A Time To Speak

The week began with headlines remembering the courageous life and work of Elie Wiesel. But those headlines were replaced almost instantly with shaky cell phone images that have rightly scorched the emotions of most everyone I know. Those images, along with the others in recent years that have grabbed our collective attention (for a while, anyway), give all of us eyes to see what has been happening for years when there were no cell phone cameras and 24-hour news channels. This week has brought us … [Read more...]

Review: Ruined

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 18% of women will be raped at some point during their lifetime. Most victims are acquainted with the perpetrator. The Centers for Disease Control says stranger rapes account for 12.9% that number.Ruth Everhart and four housemates were held hostage and assaulted by two armed strangers. Her memoir, Ruined (Tyndale, 2016) describes her journey from victim to survivor. She was a college student at Calvin College at the time of the rape, and offers an … [Read more...]

S’mores And Much More

Last year, when some incredibly generous friends offered my husband and I the gift of a trip to join them for family camp at InterVarsity's Cedar Campus, we had no idea what to expect. Would we be making lanyards and practicing our archery skills? I last attended summer camp in 1975.These friends had attended family camp at Cedar Campus for more than two decades, and spoke warmly of the gracious maturity of the people and the unspoiled beauty of the place. We packed bug spray, sleeping … [Read more...]

When Fading Away Becomes “Done”

“Who will officiate at my funeral?” My friend Liz asked this question during a pause in our conversation earlier this week. “I don’t have a church these days.”Other important questions were bundled within her question: What have I gained by pouring myself into church for years? Where is my community now that I’m aging, divorced, and in poor health? Who will walk beside me during this stage of my life?I first met Liz when our kids were toddlers together in the church nursery. Our friendshi … [Read more...]

In Search Of A Little Help From My Friends

I'm reaching out to you because I'm looking for a bit of help. My book Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith releases September 1. I'm excited about helping other believers better know their spiritual heritage and faithfully enjoy our eternal God as we live in finite time. I'm writing today to see if you'd be willing to be a part of my launch team.You may be wondering what a launch team is and why you should consider being a part of it. (Very good questions!)A … [Read more...]


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