As a teenage girl I was pretty sure that having sex before marriage was the worst sin I could possibly commit. I probably thought this because sexual sin was what youth group, church rallies, and Christian books for teens talked about a lot. In recent years there has been a great deal of talk about … Continue reading What if the Church had a Different Favorite Sin?
I have a favorite kind of person. I know we’re all God’s children and we’re not supposed to have favorites, but I do. My favorite people are those who have suffered and it has strengthened and weakened them in the right ways. I love the hope found in people who have suffered and are still … Continue reading To the road that crushed my white middle-class assuredness and naiveté – I thank you.
Back in September I wrote a piece for SheLoves Magazine about how working with those on the margins completely undid me, and how some days I look around at all the suffering in the world, it straps like a weight to my chest, and all I can do is grieve. Towards the end I write … Continue reading Good Manners ≠ Kingdom Come
I’m a longtime reader of A Life Overseas, an incredible blog and resource for both missionaries, and people who are living or have lived in a country other than the country of their birth. I’m thrilled to be sharing over there today about How We Get Rootedness Wrong. ♦ I wanted to be in community … Continue reading How We Get Rootedness Wrong – A Post on A Life Overseas
I don’t listen to Christian radio often, but when I do there’s a particular song that always seems to come on. And while I am trying (half-heartedly, some days) to not just be fault-finding and nit-picky about Christianity and church culture in America, there is this one line that always ruffles my feathers. “People pass, … Continue reading When We See Them Do We See You?
We walk about 12 minutes to get to church. It’s a few blocks up, and a few blocks over and on the walk, the first few blocks, we’re still in a nice-looking neighborhood with low crime. But it soon changes and for the last few blocks we’re in a rougher part of town. A few … Continue reading I am the Comfortable. I Need Afflicting.
Over at SheLoves Magazine today sharing about why I needed a break from church to let some my wounds start to heal, and why I need to be back in church to be fully well. ♦ For the first time in both of our lives we gave ourselves permission to not go to church. We … Continue reading Back In the (Church) Saddle — A Post for SheLoves Magazine
According to Jesus in the Parable of the Workers, the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who goes out early in the morning to hire day laborers for his vineyard. He goes out, hires some guys, and agrees to pay them each a denarius–the standard daily wage at the time. After a few hours, … Continue reading The Parable of the Living Wage
I wrote this a few weeks ago, about 2 weeks before my husband got a job and we moved to Baltimore, MD. But over a year ago, as we waited for that green card in Cairo, for some reason we had a hunch this was the city for us. And though my husband applied for … Continue reading Our New City
Very grateful to be sharing over at Faithfully Magazine about why we can’t support both missions and a Muslim ban. * A group of friends—a married couple, their newborn and their two young, single friends—get three-month visas to visit the United States. They are Muslim missionaries, passionate about America and really want to share the … Continue reading The Great Commission, Immigration, & Christian Hypocrisy — A Feature in Faithfully Magazine