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Who is Standing Up for Women? An Exercise in Looking for the Helpers.

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 […]

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#YesAllWomen. The girl who cried wolf, and other myths.

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 […]

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“It may have bothered me a little bit…” How Sara changed her mind about female pastors.

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 […]

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Love Should Never Include Disclaimers: Why Christians Need to Stop Trying to “Fix” People

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 […]

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Where is the Hope? In Which I am “Peddling Pop Pollyanna Ecclesiology,” and Refuse to Back Down

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 […]

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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 […]

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Caribou at Terminal 1 (Vlog)

Wherever you go, there you are are. And hopefully a Caribou Coffee, too. I am SO not a night owl!   Posted with Blogsy

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I’m going to Kenya! And other exciting news.

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 […]

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Why I’m Glad I’m Going Gray

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 […]

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On College Graduations, Ordered Chaos, and Discovering Your Book Has Been Released Via Twitter

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 […]

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I’m Celebrating Spring with Another Kindle Giveaway!

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 […]

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Walking on Rough Waters

My friend Pam and I spoke at a women’s conference in Moose Lake, MN last weekend, about the “waves of adversity” we all face in our lives. I’ll be posting follow-ups for the next couple weeks, so the women who were there (and anyone who wasn’t!) can continue to chew on and discuss the topic. […]

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The Worthlessness of “Good Christian Womanhood”: A Remix of Philippians 3

Precious friends, I hope you live your lives in the joy and freedom of Christ. But just in case you need a reminder, I’m going to say it again: Watch out for those mutilators of the feminine heart, those people who say you must do this, must be that, must change who you are and […]

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I need your help! Who are your favorite bloggers?

Hey friends! I need your help. I’m trying my darndest to go girl-boy-girl-boy on the editorial calendar for the Equally Yoked series, since marriage involves both women and men, and gender equity is kinda the point. But apparently I know more female bloggers than males, and the submissions have been–well–not exactly equal. I’ll need more […]

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I’ve Been Accepted To North Park Theological Seminary!

I got the call yesterday. I’ve been accepted into the M.Div program at North Park Theological Seminary, my denomination’s school! *breathes into paper bag* I’m elated. And terrified. And praying HARD for scholarships, so I can afford to do this without taking out more student loans than I can pay off before retirement. (Laugh if […]

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And the Winner Is…

And the winner of the Kindle is… *drumroll* Anonymous, because my subscription service only collects email addresses, not names. (Oops. Note to self: switch over to Mailchimp before my next giveaway. How anti-climactic!) I’ve emailed the winner for their contact info (not to mention their name), and will get the Kindle shipped out, stat! Update: […]

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Last Chance to Enter the Kindle Giveaway!

Hi friends! Just a reminder, today is the last day to enter the Kindle giveaway. Sign up for email updates for your chance to win! I’ll draw the winner from the January subscribers first thing tomorrow. (Well, actually, I will be using a random number generator to choose the winner. But yanno…) Same deal for […]

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Secret Ingredients for Super-Powered Chicken Soup

Between holiday merriment, the traditional Thanksgiving sickies (my family always seems to get sick around Thanksgiving), and end-of-semester busyness, blogging has taken a backseat lately. I thought I’d pop in to say hi, though, and share my “recipe” for super-powered chicken soup, in case anyone else could benefit from a batch. (And I use the […]

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Blowing Off the Least of These? Giving Autistic Kids the Resources they Need to Succeed

Last night, I saw a video of an 11-year-old autistic girl singing a duet with Katy Perry. As usual, I smiled as tears streamed down my face, feeling that bizarre mixture of trauma and joy, terror and heady hope, that I imagine is the secret companion of special needs moms everywhere. But last night, for […]

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Talking the Talk Without Walking the Walk: What I Learned from Sheryl WuDunn’s Response to Sociology Snobs

Last night I saw Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of Half the Sky, speak at a local college. While it was fun to see one of my journalistic and humanitarian heroes in person, what I found really interesting were the questions people asked her during the Q&A following the presentation. Perhaps the college atmosphere played into it, […]

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Look But Don’t Touch? Adultery Starts Small, and it Starts in the Heart.

Hi all! I’m vacationing in California right now, and am thrilled to be featuring some great guest posts this week. Today’s post is from my friend Connie Jakab, writer, speaker, and hip-hop dancer extraordinaire. Enjoy! In today’s society it’s socially acceptable to have a “look but don’t touch” mentality when it comes to our marriages. […]

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Duluth Underwater: Pray for Flood Victims in My Community

It hasn’t been raining for 40 days and 40 nights, but it’s been close! My house out in the country is high and dry, but the mayors of the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior have declared a state of emergency due to flooding. Please pray–for our people, property, and local businesses. I’m afraid there […]

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Controversy, Bible Bullets, and Godly Conversation (repost)

Quick: what’s your opinion on gender roles? The debt ceiling? Gay marriage? Politics? War? Predestination? Before you blurt it out–stop. Just stop. Think for a moment about the words that are about to leave your mouth. Are they kind? Thoughtful? Honoring to God? Think about the person who is asking you the question; their background, […]

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Happy Mother’s Day to EVERYONE!

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast, and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” – God, Isaiah 49:15 Here’s to a God who loves us even better than a mommy, weeds and all!  

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#Kony2012, Sour Fufu, and All God’s Children

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few days and haven’t seen Invisible Children’s viral film about Joseph Kony, I’ll embed it here. Go ahead and watch it. I’ll wait… Of course there has been a flurry of negative responses to the video too, some of them very valid. But seriously? […]

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Living in the Mess: The Problem With Outcome-Based Christianity

My post about the orphan crisis and world missions is up at Red Letter Christians today. I’ve always struggled a little with that post, feeling that it didn’t quite express what I wanted to get across, so imagine my delight when a commentor said something that clarified the issue for me. “I think something else […]

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Pride and Prejudice: How We Sabotage Ourselves Into Silence, and Why

Can I make a generalization? Women sell themselves WAY short. To themselves, as well as others. I remember the first time I wanted to teach a Bible study (and I use this term loosely) for adults. I was petrified. I reasoned that surely someone else could do it better than me. (But nobody was offering […]

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Kim Jong Il, Horton the Elephant, and Human Nature

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! I had a wonderful time, and even realized that is possible–and rather relaxing–to go over a week without opening your computer (as long as you’re on vacation)!  The bad side of that is that you’re getting this very timely guest post from the wonderful Tim about a […]

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Lamb Tongues and Watermelon Seeds: How Do Different Cultures Read the Bible?

My crazy schedule delayed me posting this, but here is the promised guest post by my fellow Redbud Vivian Mabuni. It ties in with my previous post on Christ and culture, and raises the question of how our cultural lenses impact the way we read and teach scripture. I love Vivian’s perspective! Lamb Tongues I […]

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Christ and Culture: Can You Tell the Difference?

‘Tis the season for frantic busyness, so I’m recycling a post that I wrote about this time two years ago. Tomorrow, I will be featuring a related guest post from my fellow Redbud Vivian Mabuni. How much of our belief system is dictated by scripture, and how much is dictated by our culture? Can we […]

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