Everyday Easter

The day was hot, the sun scorching, and throughout my weeklong trip to Israel, I had been reminded that I typically handle blazing heat with the same grace and poise my Northern European ancestors would have. In other words, I was dripping sweat and praying for shade. The walk down the Mount of Olives, while […]

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I’m excited to say the release of Troubled Minds is just a few weeks away! It’s been a long wait for me. At this point, I’m starting to forget what I wrote–but people tell me the book has some good things to say. I hope you’ll agree. I’ll be sharing book news and excerpts here […]

The Sobering Gift of Voice

Writers talk a lot about finding and using our voices. And many of the writers I hang out with talk about using our voices both as writers and as women. Anyone who calls herself a writer–who has taken the leap of throwing her voice out to the world in permanent form through the written word–has […]

Guest Post: A Little Perspective from the Halls of Middle School

My daughter Cami, who is almost a teenager, graciously offered to write a guest post for my blog. She’s given us a humorous glimpse of life as a middle-school girl . . . and a little advice for the guys. As an almost-13-year-old, I know all about the dangers of life in middle school. The […]

Perils of Life on a Postcard

Jenny squeezed the book against her side and tried to look bored. She wanted to avoid her mother’s gaze, lest she be marked as idle and pressed into further service. It was one of those days when Mom had a seemingly endless list of household projects, made more annoying by her personal enthusiasm for them. […]

A Lesson in Privilege, from an Awkward Steakhouse Dinner

It was Broncos game day. John Elway and Rod Smith were on TV, working some mile-high magic, as they say in Denver. My husband, Trevor, and I were 1000 miles away from home, at a ministry conference in Chicago. But our team was on the road to the Super Bowl, and we weren’t about to […]

Guest Post: Gun Control, Mental Illness, and the Christian Response

My friend JoHannah (you can read more about her at the end of this post) has provided this post, with her perspective on some current issues. It’s an important reminder to step back and respond in a way that honors Christ. When tragedy strikes, we Americans want to solve everything immediately. We often use the […]

Embracing Idols in Women’s Ministry

“This letter is from John the Elder. It is written to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth, as does everyone else who knows God’s truth–the truth that lives in us and will be in our hearts forever. May grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God our Father […]

The Spiritual Discipline of Shaking Hands

I love my church, but I hate walking through the front door. This has nothing to do with the building, my feelings about church, or the people I see once I’m inside. It’s all about running the gauntlet through the church greeters. I’ve never been a church greeter; I don’t know what they’ve been told […]

Why Some Churches Shouldn’t Expect Volunteers

Given the condition and reputation of business these days, I’m not sure why this is still happening. In recent decades, church leaders have stood before a constant parade of books, articles, seminars, conferences, and other resources designed to help them learn how to do church better by emulating businesses and business leaders. Some of these […]

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