I Can Only Imagine…What I Would Be Like

Since 2001, MercyMe’s enormously popular song “I Can Only Imagine” has encouraged us to imagine what heaven will be like, standing before God, overwhelmed by his holiness and power. Such flights of imagination can help us gain important perspective on earthbound life and its concerns. Here’s another imaginative exercise that can change a Christian’s perspective: […]

What The Hunger Games Taught Me (and the Church Should Have) about Men

I just read the entire Hunger Games trilogy in six days. After at least a year of intending to read them on my daughter’s recommendation, I finally took the time to pick them up, motivated by the approaching release of The Hunger Games movie later this month. Like many readers, I got hooked immediately and […]

My Grandma’s Smile Just Changed Your Life

I have a large collage of pictures hanging on the wall in our family room, and I love to show it off to guests. It’s full of black-and-white photographs of my dad’s side of the family, going back four generations to the couple who made their way across the Atlantic in the 1890s to start […]

A Little Grace for Masculine Christianity

There’s been a lot of recent talk in this sphere about so-called masculine Christianity. Some Christian leaders, like Mark Driscoll and John Piper, seem to prefer a brand of Christianity that appeals to the prevailing sense of masculinity as defined by nineteenth- and twentieth-century Western culture. And they erroneously claim that brand of Christianity should […]

Ideas for Women’s Ministry

Last week, I posted an article about Why I Don’t Do Women’s Ministry. This week, I wanted to write a follow-up post in the hope that it will generate some ideas for how we might make women’s ministries more effective. Mostly, I’d like to hear your ideas. But in order to get this conversation started, […]

Why I Don’t Do Women’s Ministry

I really hate those “home parties.” You know, the ones where you go to someone’s house and hear about the latest gadgets, skin care products, or overpriced home décor. The hostess serves brownies and everyone talks about their kids and how busy they are. Then the sales representative stands up and gives a hyper-peppy presentation […]

When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” —Eleanor Roosevelt in You […]

If My Ancestors Could See Me Now…They’d Be Pretty Impressed

“If our ancestors could see us now…they’d be so proud.” I made this sarcastic comment as my husband and I were engaged in a martial-arts-based workout in our living room. We were staring at a small television we had pulled out for the occasion, determinedly punching and kicking the air in front of us and […]

My Sister, My Hero

Let me tell you about one of my heroes. My sister Cheryl is three years older than me. When we were growing up, we rarely got along. In fact, I’m having a hard time remembering any warm, fuzzy sister moments between us. I do remember several screaming matches and some punches, but fortunately things have […]

The Society Page

I inherited an old trunk that sat for many years in my grandma’s basement. It had belonged to the generation before, who used it to bring their possessions across the sea from Sweden. It now sits in my living room. It smells a little musty, but I treasure it as a link to my heritage. I was […]

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