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

The problem with starting over and the hope of redemption

Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Pexels.com In the past weeks I've heard nearly the same quote from every weary person I've encountered, “I can’t wait for 2020 to be over.” Today, the sun rose on 2021 and death, disease and evil are still among us. Even in us. New years bring with them an idea… Continue reading The problem with starting over and the hope of redemption

10 things to do with your Bible that will help you grow in faith

It's true, you can have a PhD in Old and New Testament studies and be what Jesus called, "a blind guide" because like Paul said, "Knowledge puffs up but love builds up" (1 Corinthians 8:1). Knowing your Bible doesn't mean you know the one it speaks of (John 5:39).  Nevertheles, you shouldn't throw Bible reading… Continue reading 10 things to do with your Bible that will help you grow in faith

My cluttered brain and my grey-headed friend

I have ideas all the time. All the time.  My phone is full of notes I voice-to-text to save for future reference. My bullet journal is full of thoughts, ideas, to-do's, goals, dreams, plans, appointments, more ideas.  And if I had to draw a chart of what's going on in my brain and try to… Continue reading My cluttered brain and my grey-headed friend

Confessions of a comfort addict

I'm getting nervous ya'll. On Monday I start the capstone class for my BSN. I've been trying to sit with this uneasiness and discern where it's coming from.  I've decided it's just the discomfort of being stretched beyond my zone. I'm a comfort addict.  And a chronic conflict-avoider. Those scriptures about God being the God… Continue reading Confessions of a comfort addict

subversive hope

(image credit here)   If a kernel of wheat falls, dies in the dirt, you said, it will grow. Here we are under the dirt in the dark soiled milieu of their waste and death. Here we are silent. They build roads and sidewalks concrete curbs over us. The weather changes- heat, rain, frozen days… Continue reading subversive hope