Thoughts on CS Lewis and Sabotage

This is one of my favorite C. S. Lewis quotations, from Mere Christianity: “Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.” Maybe it’s my non-conformist streak (OK, it’s more than a streak). […]

A Challenge for Half the Church

“May it never be said that we ignored the cries of the helpless and focused on ourselves. Let it instead be said that God used those cries to awaken a sleeping giantess and filled her with a terrible resolve—half the church, angered and outraged at the unchecked forces of evil in God’s world. That we […]

14 Things I’d Like to See in My Stocking This Year

1. an invisibility cloak 2. an all-expenses-paid (for two) two-week tour of European capitals 3. a lunch date with Flannery O’Connor, Amelia Earhart, and Harriet Tubman 4. a peace accord between me and all bugs, in which I agree not to kill them in their home and they agree to stay away from mine 5. […]

A New Look at Modesty

I’ve never had much patience for discussions of modesty. In fact, the very word “modesty” makes me cringe. Of course there’s nothing wrong with the word, or with its dictionary definitions: 1. the quality of being modest;  freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc. 2. regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc. 3. simplicity; moderation. My […]

Woman Up Like Junia

I just finished reading Scot McKnight’s new short eBook Junia Is Not Alone. It’s a quick read and a concise, bold summary of Junia’s role in the New Testament and how that role was misrepresented by some Bible scholars and English translators in the interest of preserving and affirming the convention of male superiority. McKnight […]

3 Temptations of Leadership, Part 3

In previous posts, I mentioned Henri Nouwen’s book In the Name of Jesus, in which Nouwen used the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11) to show how we as leaders are tempted, and how we must embrace Christ’s attitude of humility and service to others. I’ve already written about Nouwen’s descriptions of […]

3 Temptations of Leadership, Part 2

In a previous post, I mentioned Henri Nouwen’s book In the Name of Jesus, which presents a powerful summary of what it means to be servant leaders. Nouwen used the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11) to show how we as leaders are tempted, and how we must embrace Christ’s attitude of humility […]

3 Temptations of Leadership, Part 1

About 12 years ago, when my husband was in seminary, he read Henri Nouwen’s book In the Name of Jesus for one of his classes. This book dramatically affected my husband, and he encouraged me to read it. So I did, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. This little book (one of Nouwen’s […]

Aren’t We Always at Church?

My sister is a very busy woman. She has four kids (ranging from 5 to 15 years old), works part-time from home, maintains a spotless house, and manages to follow the Holy Spirit through an active and ongoing ministry to people around her She and her family are actively involved in their church, and she […]

Born to Lead

I’ve spent most of my life in leadership. I led my little sister in shenanigans for years. I led my friends on the playground and my fellow students in the classroom. I was captain of my cross-country team in high school and served on Student Senate in college. I was on the student leadership team […]

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