Every day you . . .
go to work
go to sleep
wake up . . . repeat
There has to be more to life than this, right?
You might be surprised to find out the Christian life is a call to action, a call to adventure.
Being a Christian is not just about believing the right stuff or going to the right church.
It’s a call to... Read More
At St. Luke’s Hospital in Meridian, Idaho, every organ donor receives a walk of respect. (The video is only two minutes long. I highly encourage you to watch this quiet, respectful moment.) Every available hospital employee stands quietly in the hallway from the ICU to the elevator as the doctors and family escort the patient who is making a final sacrifice. It is the hospital’s way of showing support and gratitude to a family who is suffering and saying their... Read More
One of my true passions for the church is transparency.
I wish we church people would stop faking it. I wish we would be so real that no one, either inside our church or in our community, would falsely assume that Christianity is about self-declared good people getting a little bit better, instead of sinful people getting saved from their worst by Jesus.
I wish people who battle addiction or deal with depression or question their gender didn’t have to... Read More
A few years ago, my pastor preached a sermon on marriage. He gave us a prayer he thought we might find helpful as we pray for our spouses.
It goes like this: “Jesus, please give my spouse a more Jesus-centered spouse.”
I was really hoping for a different prayer. How about, “Jesus, please make my spouse more centered on me.” You get what I mean, right? We all want our spouses to act the way we want them to, to... Read More
I don’t know many people who are not deeply disturbed by the stories swirling around Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s latest nominee to the Supreme Court. And I don’t know many people, in the midst of this emotional saga, who have managed to remember their values.
Whether you wholeheartedly believe Dr. Ford’s accusations against Judge Kavanaugh or are convinced this entire drama is a disgusting front for partisan politics (or you land somewhere in between), there is something you need to... Read More
The mark of this summer was STUFF—and not just a little, but an overwhelming amount of stuff. A family member diagnosed with cancer took the diagnosis as reason to begin cleaning out the house she has lived in for most of my life. With the help of a group of friends, a much-needed purge at church was completed. And naturally this led me to begin a serious downsize of unnecessary things around my house.
Malachi 3:10 says, “‘Bring the whole... Read More
A friend and I joke that we’re worst-case-scenario moms, able to easily imagine everything that could possibly go wrong with our kids. While we laugh at ourselves, we also know we do this because our worst fear is that something will happen to our children. I’m sure you can relate.
After all, the news reminds us that we live in a world where trafficking and virtual kidnapping are real threats. But then it seems we go overboard and allow our... Read More
I grimaced as I tried to squeeze my swollen foot into my church shoes. The skin, stretched to its limit, screamed as I tried to bend my no-longer-so-bony toes. Pausing, I clawed at the itching and burning marks that told the story of my Friday afternoon—the day after my “incident.” What happened?
One Thursday afternoon, an angry bee showed up and zapped me in the ankle. I jumped, looked around for a nest, and, not seeing one, continued to... Read More
The book we call the Bible is unlike any other piece of literature out there. It’s not just the way it’s written with beautiful poetry, dramatic narrative, and wisdom-packed guidance for life. And it’s not just that it came from God. Or that its message is one that oozes his love and compassion and a no-strings-attached forgiveness.
Do you know what’s also true about the Bible? It’s really challenging! It’s got some stuff in it that’s pretty hard to believe.... Read More