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December 03, 2018
The Meaning Of Mistletoe: How Love Brings The World Back To Life
I've been sick this week, which means I've had a lot of downtime to read. ...
November 14, 2018
No Place Love Won’t Go
Recently a marketing company offered me free tickets to see First Man, the new movie...
November 08, 2018
The Question Is Not, “Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?” It’s, “Why Do We?”
When I first started doing public speaking engagements, a philosophy professor contacted me and asked...
November 06, 2018
Vote with your ballot. Then vote with your life.
A while ago, a horrible thing happened to me. Someone I trusted used, abused and...
October 29, 2018
Jesus Didn’t Give You The Right To Bear Arms
Yesterday at church I led the Prayers of the People. I stood wearing a white...
October 09, 2018
Fighting Fire With…Water: How Love, Not Anger, Saves The World
It's been a doozy of a week for our world. I was off line for...
October 01, 2018
Tender Is The Night: How To Take Care of Each Other in Troubled Times
Last week I wrote that calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline went up 57%...
September 11, 2018
9/11/18: A 17-Year-Long Lesson That Anger And Fear Don’t Keep Us Safe
September 11, 2001 has become the "Where were you the day that..." moment for my...
September 05, 2018
International Day of Charity: What Jesus Really Called Us To
Today is International Day of Charity, which the United Nations has observed every September 5th...
August 09, 2018
If Your Gospel Isn’t Good News For Everyone, It’s Not Good News For Anyone: Why I Signed #PledgetoPause
Earlier this summer, Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announced he would retire, leaving an empty seat...
July 31, 2018
Because Hard Times Require Furious Dancing.
Though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can...
May 21, 2018
Love In All Its Forms
On Saturday morning as I was putting on scrubs and clogs and pulling my hair...
May 15, 2018
Where Is God When We Hurt The Most?
I spent the weekend speaking at the Bent Not Broken conference, a gathering of cancer...
May 09, 2018
What, Who, How & When Are You For? (Because Being Against Isn’t Enough)
This week I've been thinking a lot about the word "for." Because, while it's important...
May 04, 2018
The National Day Of Prayer Is A Waste Of Time (If It Doesn’t Change Us)
In 1952, President Truman instituted a National Day of Prayer. It falls on the first...
March 28, 2018
The World Needs Heroes, Not Celebrities
His name was Arnaud Beltrame. He was 44 years old. He was the first officer...
January 13, 2018
how to make our wounded world well
In upstate New York today, there's a 13-year-old black, Muslim, refugee girl walking around with...
December 04, 2017
am I brave? nope. not even a little.
I think having courage is more meaningful than being brave because it means you honestly...
October 14, 2017
what airports in October teach me about compassion
For years I said that because breast cancer kept me from traveling to Africa, the...
November 02, 2016
what it ultimately means to follow Jesus in an election year
I am acutely aware of the angst, ire, frustration, fear, anger, uncertainty and dread that...
October 21, 2016
how to help me celebrate my 10 year cancer anniversary
I was 27 years old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm 37 now....
October 17, 2016
I found out on Tuesday that my grandma had cancer. Five days later, she died. Five...
September 12, 2016
september 12th: on the morning after
Yesterday my Facebook page blew up with hundreds of tributes and remembrances for the 15th...
September 06, 2016
"As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate." -...
September 03, 2016
labor (of love) day
Yesterday I wrote about how a free bowl of oatmeal and a suitcase that was...
September 02, 2016
what a free bowl of oatmeal taught me about healing the world
If you follow me on social media, you know that I fly a lot. One...
May 18, 2016
for the love
On Monday night I took a short flight from Kisumu to Nairobi, and then took a...
May 10, 2016
english, swahili & the language our lives speak
Mama and Papa, the host couple I'm staying with in Kenya, have lots of visitors...
April 11, 2016
to the man who called my Somali refugee girls “terrorists.”
Yesterday, I checked out of my hotel in downtown Chicago. I had a few hours...
April 06, 2016
when i decided to say ‘i love you’
Contrary to what you may have thought when you read the title of this blog...
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