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Guest Post: Become a More Resilient Leader

I hope you’ll enjoy this post from my friend Amy Jackson (you can learn more about her and her work at the end of this post). Amy is an editor, a writer, and a leader of leaders. If you’re a woman in church leadership, you’ll want to check out WomenLeaders.com, one of the websites she […]

Do Gender-Based Ministries Belong in the Church?

The failure—and potential—of women’s ministry has been a popular topic over the last decade. From Why Women Don’t Like Women’s Ministry to Why We Don’t Need “Women’s” Ministry, the blogosphere is still alive with discussions of what’s wrong with such ministry and why so many of us, who thought we were the only ones, feel […]

Devotion: Real Strength and Courage

After conquering her enemies and defending the weak, the superheroine peels off her mask and gently pats the flesh wound on her shoulder, where her costume was torn (again) in the heat of battle, exposing her flesh. She would have her costume repaired in time for the next battle, and the wound would heal. In […]

Lessons from a Floating Motel

In my memory, I call it the floating Motel 6. Now, I realize that might be a bit unfair to this plucky budget chain. After all, in a pinch a cheap motel is far better than sleeping without a roof (unless you planned to sleep under the stars, in which case it’s way better than […]

A Perfectionist’s Confession

Hi, I’m Amy and I’m a perfectionist. I’ve spent years in recovery, and I’ve made tremendous progress, but I think I’ll probably always suffer to some degree under the warped belief that my value comes from what I can do and what I do is never quite good enough. Merriam-Webster tells us perfectionism is “a […]

The Surprising Freedom in Being an Irrelevant Woman

Cindy Crawford won some new fans last month when an apparently un-retouched photo of her was posted on various websites and blogs. The photo shows a 47-year-old Crawford in 2013, posing for a Marie Claire photo shoot. What’s newsworthy about that? Well, she looks like no one we’ve seen before–she actually looks like a 47-year-old […]

Worried Moms, Let Go

I’m excited to announce that today’s blog post is not here! It’s over at The Laundry Moms. I’m honored to have an article featured on their site today, and its subject is the topic of my new book, Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry. Please click over there and read it: Worried Moms, […]

Don’t Pity Mom on Mother’s Day

I’m not a big fan of Mother’s Day. Now don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of celebrating moms. And I enjoy receiving my family’s affection and appreciation in an extra-large dose. I’m not saying we should get rid of Mother’s Day. My problem is with the ways we tend to celebrate, or more […]

How Women Keep Women from Getting Respect

“Must be my hormones again.” “Oh, it’s just estrogen.” “I’m just a chick with a bad thyroid.” These are the kinds of things women in high-profile positions regularly say about themselves–and by extension, about all women. In my editorial job, I recently had a strong reaction to a proposed article a writer sent to our […]

God Is a Mother to the Motherless

When I was 14, I lost my mother. Not to death or divorce, but to schizophrenia, a disease that robs a person of the moorings of reality itself. Mom had always been fragile and often strangely distant, and as a child I had sensed that I needed to protect her. She was gentle and kind, […]

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