There’s this silly thing floating around out there in the Christian sphere known as the “prosperity gospel.” Come to Jesus, they say, and all of your problems will be over! You’ll have money, you’ll have influence, you’ll have blessings… because Jesus is good! While it is true that Jesus is good, His goodness is not […]
Pro-life or Just Anti-Abortion?
Abortion is a tragic part of our cultural reality right now. Every day, babies are killed in the name of convenience, rights, or even responsibility. It’s deplorable and it’s heart-rending. It’s a mindset that flies in the face of our Designer’s value of life. We need to be taking steps to end it. We need […]
The Overlooked Value of Intergenerational Friendships
The next time you are in a coffee shop, or at a restaurant, or even in a church, take a minute to look around. I’m sure you’ll see lots of friends enjoying each other’s company. I’m also sure very few of those groups will be inter-generational. Young moms hang out with other young moms, and […]
How to Stop Sin Before It Starts
Don’t you hate that moment about 5 seconds after you mess up? You’re almost done mopping the house, when you turn around and see your son has let the muddy dog inside. You explode. You’re drinking coffee with a friend and a name is brought up. You let fly all your negative thoughts on that […]
The Average Joes of the Christmas Story
If you were to name all of the people who God used in the Christmas story to bring about the birth of Jesus into the world, who would you think of? I would say Mary and Joseph (obviously), the wise men, and probably the shepherds. All the people who are in a nativity scene would […]
A Quiet Joy
“That was, without a question, one of the hardest things I have ever done,” Benjamin typed on his iPad one year ago in church, to avoid disrupting the service with whispers. I had watched while he walked back to his seat from his place at the piano and sat down heavily in our pew, and […]
7 Things We Forget to Be Thankful For
What do you thank God for? I know we all have a standard list — salvation, our family, our friends, food, and home. But I’ve realized I tend to thank God for the same things over and over again. That means there are things I’m leaving out! Without being intentional about thanking God for His […]
In the Wake of the Election: What Does it Mean to Trust God?
There is a lot of hurt in our nation right now. A lot of despondency. Confusion. Anger. There is an overwhelming amount of frustration, on both sides. And there’s worry. Even from Christians. Even from those who voted for our new president elect. And into this tangle of emotion, people keep proclaiming the words, “Trust […]
We’re Having a Baby!
We can’t believe it! Even still, at 15 weeks along, we look at each other and say, “Is this really happening?” Benjamin and I are really, honestly, it-must-be-true-because-we-now-have-ultrasound-photos going to be parents to a squirmy, cuddly baby! It’s a big undertaking, this parenting! God is using my body right now, and our parenting later, to […]
Can Gender Be a Birth Defect?
It’s a pretty common argument. “What would you do if your child was born with a cleft palate? Would you fix it, or leave it because, I mean, that’s how God designed him in the womb!” And it’s true. We do say that God designed babies in the womb. We do quote Psalm 139:13 — […]