The Beloved Charter

I have become a bit jaded in regards to Christian conferences. They just seem a bit…fluffy. All this “you are enough” -self-help-me-ology stuff disguised as Bible teaching. Ennea-what? Thanks, but no thanks. This past weekend, Ben and I went to a Christian conference anyway, mainly because our pastor’s friend and mentor Larry was the one…

Wisdom

The further we go from the Lord, the dumber we get. Hear me out. Our society places enormous value on higher education. The more degrees you have (ostensibly, unless you major in underwater basket weaving or social work), the greater your income will be. The higher the income; the better your quality of life. It’s…

Enough, Already!

Most days I don’t feel like I’m enough, in God’s economy. I look at other Christians and feel like I fall woefully short. I haven’t adopted a bunch of kids. I often let my fear stand in the way of getting out there and sharing the gospel or doing ministry. I still think Ricky Gervais…

No Idea Whatsoever.

I have no idea why God picked me. I’ve never felt like anyone’s first choice; ever since I was little. And a lot of people have reinforced that feeling over the years. And, worse, I’ve agreed with them! Do you remember the Seinfeld episode where George Kostanza said he didn’t want to be a part…

Sinfluencers

We’ve got a huge problem in the church. And, no, it’s not the sodium content at the potlucks. It’s an astonishing lack of discernment. And I’m afraid it will lead to a great many walking away from God altogether. I see it in the “likes” and reposts on social media. Some of the smartest, kindest,…

You Lost?

The internet is quite the angry place this week. Some of the arguments are like this: “We should be able to murder children in the womb because they will all just be killed by a mass shooter at school if they’re allowed to live now.”..or… “There’s a temporary baby formula shortage right now so obviously…

Heart to Heart

I tend to poke the bear when I write. I know I do. I’ve been muted and unfollowed and unfriended by countless acquaintances and also, sadly, by people I love. And I’ve asked myself what I’m doing wrong. And then when I think carefully through what I write, and why I write, I find nothing…

He Is Risen Indeed

When I have doubts about God (as we all do from time to time), all I have to do is look at my body and I know that not only does he exist, but that he is also extremely awesome. Ok, ok, I know this sounds like a joke (or else you may think I’m…

Word.

As a writer, I love words. As a Christian living in a post-truth era, I am way over the word games this reality-optional society wants us all to play. People seem to have accepted the ridiculous notion that if you say something, the mere act of you saying it automatically makes it true. Has this…

Growing

I’ve got lots of little seedlings sprouting in peat pots on my kitchen counter right now. It’s not time to put them in the ground just yet; we’ve got almost another month until the last danger of frost. But I’m hopeful I’ll have good, strong, seedlings to go in the soil by the end of…