Out To The Margins: Ginnie Lange

What does honest faith look like? If I head out to the margins, the places at the edge of things where our messiness and Christ's forgiveness meet, I have the best chance of finding the answer to that question. From time to time, I'd like to introduce you to people I know who've followed Jesus out to the margins. You and I may not sign off on each of these friends' choices or convictions, but I hope their stories will spur you to wander out to the margins yourself. (If you do, let me know what … [Read more...]

When Theology Becomes An Assault Weapon

What appears to be pristine theology, presented in user-friendly form, may in fact be a deadly assault weapon.A young friend was struggling with how to trust God as she faced infertility. She didn't feel as though the Ladies Bible study crew at her church would be the best place for her to process her questions and emotions. I suggested we read a book together - something that could shape our conversation and our prayers. I offered four titles addressing the subject of trust, a couple of … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip #10 – Moshe’s Mama

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture chronologically in order to explore our exile experience. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, click here. * * * * * * *When we lived in WI, my husband and I were foster parents for 2 years, licensed to do "cradle care" for Bethany Christian Services. According to state law, ba … [Read more...]

Church staff as ensemble cast, congregation as audience

Reed and Linda* relocated to a new city so Reed could lead a faith-based nonprofit organization after many years of pastoring a church.It took the family several months to find a new church home, which was a disconcerting experience for them after spending so long at the helm of their former church. They finally settled on a mid-sized non-denominational congregation in a nearby town, and met with the church's pastor to introduce themselves and put their gifts and experience at his team's … [Read more...]

Church staff as ensemble cast, congregation as audience

Reed and Linda* relocated to a new city so Reed could lead a faith-based nonprofit organization after many years of pastoring a church.It took the family several months to find a new church home, which was a disconcerting experience for them after spending so long at the helm of their former church. They finally settled on a mid-sized non-denominational congregation in a nearby town, and met with the church’s pastor to introduce themselves and put their gifts and experience at his team’s dis … [Read more...]

Something new under the sun

Please check it out: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip/2013/02/doesthatbaggage/I'll be posting there, and adding links to those posts here. A new adventure begins!  … [Read more...]

Out To The Margins: Don and Kathy (Part 2)

In yesterday's post (click here), I introduced Don and Kathy Groesser, a couple with three young children with whom we worshipped two decades ago. A lot has happened in our respective lives since then. In the case of the Groessers, they became a family of 14. Their convictions about allowing God to plan their family led them to the margins of the Evangelical world as they connected with the homeschooling/large family subculture.Once they arrived at those borderlands, their faith journey took … [Read more...]


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