How four flawed churches helped me love Christ more

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com I’ve been in a church since the week after I was born. Every church I’ve been part of has impacted my life in a unique way. Like an arm is different from the liver, these churches were all very different. Among them were bad teachings. But at each church… Continue reading How four flawed churches helped me love Christ more

Purity culture: The fruit of our “lawish hearts”- A book review

A Culture Born from our "Of Works-ness" I'm listening to Dane Ortlund's audiobook version of Gentle and Lowly- The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers on my commute to and from work. Driving home the other day, the narrator read the title of the 20th chapter, "Our lawish hearts. His lavish heart." And as… Continue reading Purity culture: The fruit of our “lawish hearts”- A book review

Christians- get close. Stop idolizing and breaking others. Start serving them.

On May 27th,  the New York Times published the 100,000 names of people who died from Coronavirus.  If you scroll down the screen of the online piece, you'll see the images of humans scattered sparsley at first, then densly as time moves forward. Next to many of these human icons you'll read the name, age… Continue reading Christians- get close. Stop idolizing and breaking others. Start serving them.

On vacation while the world burns

Photo cred AZcentral.com I am so torn tonight. I'm on vacation, watching the world burn on Twitter and Facebook. The vile speech, the violence, the defensiveness and accusations... it's breaking my heart. I want my sons to be compassionate. I want my husband to be safe. I want my black neighbors and friends to be… Continue reading On vacation while the world burns

Christian, don’t miss what Jesus calls you to this week

I hit an emotional low this week. Last week I crashed from the adrenaline of responding to this pandemic in my church, community, family and hospital. This week I've cried. A lot. The normal low-level fatigue I live with has become high-level. The irritability that signifies my depression has been showing. Hot tears have been… Continue reading Christian, don’t miss what Jesus calls you to this week

The Breakup Phase of Motherhood

I'm entering a new phase of parenting. I don't know what it's called. But I recently saw a video on a Facebook group for women over 40 that I think may have named it for me. The subtitle of the video from a radio show called Jonsey & Amanda read, "Being the mother of a… Continue reading The Breakup Phase of Motherhood

Distracted kids, tired parents, smart phones and what teaching your kids the Bible should really look like

  Lifeway Resarch group published the results of research they did to see what the contributing factors were in spiritual health among young adults.What they found was that overwhelmingly, kids who regularly read the Bible while growing up are likely to experience a healthy spiritual life with God and the church. I was both shaken… Continue reading Distracted kids, tired parents, smart phones and what teaching your kids the Bible should really look like

Christian, you are in ministry

  Tomorrow, people all over the U.S. will go to a local church. I have an opinion about what most of us going to church tomorrow think doing ministry means. I'd guess if you asked the average church attender, who among them is doing the work of the ministry, I bet they'd point to the… Continue reading Christian, you are in ministry

Why I stopped listening to Matt Chandler and started listening to my pastor, Jason Vance

“Who’s Jason Vance?” you may ask. Nobody famous. And that’s the whole point. He’s the young church-planting pastor of my local church. A few years ago my small church closed. My pastor retired, went into a teaching ministry role and moved to Oregon. That sent me and my two sons into about three years of… Continue reading Why I stopped listening to Matt Chandler and started listening to my pastor, Jason Vance