I’m a writer with dyslexia. And no, it’s not a joke.

It didn’t become a problem until second grade. Oh, it had always been there. I couldn’t figure out which hand to use, or how to hold a pencil. I read early, but I would read the same line over and over, unable to track down the page. Letters came out backwards, but I couldn’t see […]

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Free eBook! Busting the Motherhood Myth: A Mother’s Day Message for Everyone

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Ah, the Mother’s Day sermon. The most feared twenty minutes of the year for pastors and female parishioners alike. Okay, maybe it’s not that bad (except when it is). Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to celebrate the women who have poured into our lives, and thank them for the day in, day out work […]

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Cover Reveal! Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket: 150 Bright Ideas for Wannabe World Changers

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It’s here! It’s here! No, not the book (that won’t come out until August), but getting to share this incredible cover is nearly as fun. Not familiar with the book concept yet? Here’s the synopsis: When your world is dominated by dirty diapers, the fair distribution of animal crackers, and nightly battles over proper dental hygiene, […]

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Lay Down the Shame, and Embrace Jesus’ Sufficiency

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Shame is a powerful thing that we don’t talk about a whole lot in the church. While it’s really important to be able to acknowledge and confess our sins, allowing God to deal with our shortcomings, it’s not unusual for healthy conviction to metastasize into this debilitating shame that keeps us cowering in the corner, […]

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Hosanna: Who Are You Looking To For Salvation?

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Maybe you’re looking for political salvation–for a candidate who you believe could fix our country’s problems. Maybe you’re looking for relational salvation–for a magic bullet to heal broken relationships, or for prince or princess charming to come along and make you feel loved. Maybe you have Roman Empire-sized problems that you fear could destroy you […]

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A Prayer for St. Patrick’s Day

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Here’s part of St. Patrick’s Breastplate, one of the most beautiful, enduring prayers of all time. Enjoy! Thanks to Kendra for designing it and making it available. Check out her blog for more beautiful printables.

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Withered Hands and Withered Hearts: Legalism and Healing on the Sabbath

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  It is the people who have suffered most that we turn into scapegoats. People like the woman with the bent back of the man with the withered hand. But we all need Jesus to straighten what is bent, to loose the potential that is bound, and restore what is withered and dry. (Right click […]

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Evangelicals, Abuse, and Other Issues I Don’t Want to Think About

“Are conservative evangelical men more likely to abuse their wives?” The question was printed on a padded manila envelope, containing a book the publisher hoped I would review. Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife. I’ll admit, I was not particularly happy to receive it. “This is the sort of happy mail I get,” […]

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Sarah Bessey’s 60+ Resources for Christian Marriages

Have you heard? Sarah Bessey, author and blogger extraordinaire, recently put together a fabulous list of sixty-plus resources for egalitarian marriages. I’m happy to report that the Equally Yoked series on this blog is one of them! Check out Sarah’s list, then come back and read through the Equally Yoked articles, written by men and […]

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What seed has God planted in your soul?

  All throughout scripture, the themes of a barrenness, pregnancy, and childbirth point us toward larger spiritual realities. This sermon is about Mary, the mother of Jesus, but it is about you, too. The Holy Spirit is still at work, stirring new life in the barren spaces of our souls. But like Mary, we have to accept […]

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The Junia Project and Friends

I’m honored to be included in this list of “seriously good blogs for Christian egalitarians,” by one of the seriously best blogs for Christian egalitarians! Hop over and check out The Junia Project, and all the other great blogs they have linked too. It’s good stuff!

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The Best Things to Give Up for Lent

So, what are you giving up for Lent? Not sure yet? I have a few suggestions. Growing up, my family didn’t celebrate Lent. It wasn’t part of our faith tradition. But the older I get, the more I think Lent is a good idea—and not just because it provides us with a religious-sounding excuse to […]

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Wilderness: The Place Between Breaking Free and Breaking Through

  Time spent in the wilderness is not comfortable. In the wilderness, we feel isolated, vulnerable, and unfruitful. It can be a place of great grief and suffering. But the wilderness is also a place where we meet God, and learn to rely on him and him alone. It is a place where we begin […]

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Stop Saying Satan is Attacking Someone’s Ministry

I don’t remember where I first heard it. Whether it was a cancer diagnosis, or a child’s rebellion, or a horrible accident, or a family falling apart. But hear it I did. If something was going wrong in a ministry family, it was because Satan was attacking their ministry. Um, no. Stop. Just stop. It’s […]

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Hagar, the Disenfranchised, and the God who Sees

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(Right click on the audio file and “save as” to download it to your device.) Hagar’s story is really hard to read. There’s so much tragedy, and so much injustice, much of it perpetrated by people who were supposed to be followers of God. But it’s also an important story, because it shows that God cares about the […]

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