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...]

What Are The Odds? Today, I’d Say They Were 100%

On a day filled with #Brexit confusion and financial markets falling like boulders flung from a pinnacle, I am praying you sense God's steady, unshifting shalom and sustaining, eternal love for you, no matter what the headlines tell you.Just for a bit of fun, I'm sharing a story full of irony. The fact that this particular weird thing has now repeated twice in my life has me pondering what lessons I can learn. Maybe you have some insight for me.I was so excited about having a garden … [Read more...]

Reclaiming God’s Intent For The Sabbath

The Fourth Commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy”, tends to invite legalism, rabid antinomian sentiment, or spiritual innovation from Christians. In each of those cases, the conversation about Sabbath-keeping focuses on the individual. Talking about the Sabbath in those terms cuts out the fact that it wasn’t given to individuals. It was given to a community, and is meant to be celebrated in community. What Sabbath Is Not For many, Sabbath-keeping is a rule-laden throwback to … [Read more...]

An Ode to the Saint James Devotional Guide

When my husband and I went to our first home school convention in 1992, we expected to discover curriculum and how-to’s. My husband picked up a sample of a devotional booklet from an exhibitor on our way out the door at the end of the day. In a sea of vendors hawking brightly-colored curriculum promising academic success and spiritual bulletproofing to prospective home school families, we nearly overlooked the modest table from a group calling itself The Fellowship of Saint James.Frankly, I t … [Read more...]