A reclaimed perspective on faith

As a teenager, I pictured my faith like a china doll on a shelf. I had a pretty spirituality, something to both enjoy and show off. It was helpful and brought me feelings of peace. I was proud of my faith, and perfecting it (which seemed like an attainable goal at the time) was my aim.

Blue dress

“Don’t pull away! You’ll rip it! You have to come towards the problem to fix it.” My four year old … More

Give Me the Beautifully Scarred Gospel, Not Some Cheap Substitute.

In our hearts, we want the genuinely strong stuff that can withstand all the weathering and battering that life dishes out. We marvel at the tin and oak and glass of our grandparent’s generation. “Things just aren’t made the way they used to be,” we say. But when it comes to daily reality, we settle for furniture that looks strong enough to have survived years of cuts and scratches, but is just glued together with pressed wood and thin nails.

Not All Ground is Safe to Walk On: Learning to Trust the Right Things

Lately a lot of things I trusted in have gotten shaky. The entrepreneurial venture my husband embarked on ended after 2 1/2 years with disappointment, injustice, and a net loss of money. The small church I have poured myself into over the past seven years has shrunk even more over the last few months. And conflicts out of my control have attacked my peace during nights of little sleep.

The [Simple] Good News

We make Church and Christianity and following Jesus so complicated. But it’s pretty simple, really.  The Good News Both elevates … More