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It’s spring, and like the land, many people I love are in a time of transition. There must be something in the air. Some romanticize spring, but up where I live, spring is pretty much the worst time of year. Yes, it is nice that the thermometers creep above 32. But spring in the Northland is […]
Sometimes there’s so much going on that I just don’t know what to say. That’s how these last several months have been for me. My heart, my mind, my life has been spinning so fast that my fingers couldn’t keep up. I had to pull my focus in tight, to myself and the people immediately […]
Last night was one of those nights when it feels hard to breathe; when you want to rage and cry and fight and scream and sob. Nothing was wrong in my little circle, but make no mistake, things were, and are, very, very wrong. For the past week my newsfeeds have been lit up with […]
The #YesAllWomen hashtag, where women share their stories about the everyday harassment they endure and worse, is trending on Twitter. You should absolutely check it out. This is a repost from 2011, minus the first paragraph referencing an old news event. Sexual harassment is very, very real, and Christians need to find ways to deal […]
Today, I’m thrilled to feature a post by Sara Ronnevik on her journey with female pastors, as a mission-minded woman who is part of a denomination that does not ordain women. This is a great story, and she wrote it to encourage women who are considering going into ministry. Would you like to share your […]
There was a time when I thought it was my Christian duty to point out anything I thought someone was doing wrong. I called out teachers for being too hard on other kids. If the pastor said something I disagreed with in a sermon, I informed him of it afterward. I made sure people on […]
So, my last post about Christian unity. Most people seemed to like it, but a few took issue with it. This is nothing new. I try to be diplomatic in my writing, and people typically respond with grace. Still, there are always a few detractors, and oftentimes they have good reasons for saying the things […]
Sin, Pride, and the Problem with Fundamentalism (Or, Why We Should Disband the “Jerks for Jesus” Club)
Yesterday, I read something that broke my heart. A Christian public figure wrote a blog post celebrating actions that clearly “missed the mark” (sin). Worse, the tone was smug and self-righteous. Worse yet, there was really no excuse for this person to do what had been done. There's no excuse for sin, period, but if […]
Wherever you go, there you are are. And hopefully a Caribou Coffee, too. I am SO not a night owl! Posted with Blogsy
Hello again, friends! It's been a busy, exciting season for me. Between finishing college, starting seminary, doing an internship at my church, and undergoing a round of kidney stone surgeries and all the fun that goes along with that, I just haven't had the emotional energy for writing. No wonder the only post I wrote […]
I noticed it for the first time as I was brushing my hair last night–a single strand of hair that caught the light in an unusual way. I paused, separating the hair from the strands around it, wrapping it around my finger so I could examine it more closely. Yep. A course thread of silvery […]
You know that feeling you get after you’ve just taken your airplane in for an emergency landing on the side of a wooded mountain, and you’re wandering around the forest dazed and concussed, delighted that you survived the ordeal, but not quite able to comprehend what just happened? Yeah, me neither. But I bet it […]
Hi friends! I finally decided to take the plunge and set up a Facebook Page. That way, I can post all sorts of interesting insights, articles, book recommendations, and other stuff related to the topics I address on this blog without turning my personal profile into something resembling Equality Depot. To get it going, I […]
Author, speaker, and mommy of four, living on coffee and lots of grace. Pastor at Darrow Road Wesleyan Church. Student at North Park Theological Seminary. Passionate about justice, mercy, and the "one anothers."
2015 Evangelical Press Association “Higher Goals Award,” Medium Article category
2012 Evangelical Press Association “Higher Goals Award,” Freelance Article category
2012 Evangelical Press Association “Higher Goals Award,” Critical Review category
2012 Associated Church Press “Best of the Christian Press,” Feature Article category
2011 Associated Church Press “Best of the Christian Press,” Feature Article category
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