Jan 10, 2015

When You Don’t Know What to Pray

Romans 8:26
If you were to peek into my office during one of my most frustrated moments, you might see this: A blinking cursor on a blank Microsoft Word document. A frustrated stack of scribbled notes. A woman, with her head in her hands, uttering, “Help me, God. Help me, God. Help...Read more +
Jan 4, 2015

You Don’t Go to Work Alone

Luke 12:12
Years ago, a friend gave me a small framed print highlighting a verse from the Gospel of Luke: “For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” She handed me the gift a few minutes before I stepped to the podium to deliver...Read more +
Oct 3, 2014

Pursue God: Discovering an Integrated Life

Years ago, I was elbow deep in warm sudsy water. My hands searched along the bottom to hunt down the baby spoon—an ordinary task, one among many that day along with folding laundry, taking out the trash, and finding a way to control a LEGO city that was experiencing urban...Read more +
Aug 26, 2014

What Ferguson Taught Us: Pick Up Your Corner

I was in the front row of the sanctuary, face-to-face with a woman’s raw pain, running liquid down her brown cheeks. She was standing at the podium—with her eyes closed, face lifted toward heaven, arms raised. A man stood at the piano, hunting for the right notes, like he knew...Read more +
Jul 3, 2014

Best Vacation Stories: Submerged

It’s the closest I’ve ever come to dying. The setting: The Kern River of Southern California, Class III/IV whitewater rapids. I was in high school, and it was spring break. It was my first time rafting, and I basically held on for dear life as we weaved through protruding boulders,...Read more +
Jun 23, 2014

Share Your Best Vacation Story With Us

This is the week when you help us make the whole Internet smell like coconut-y sunscreen. And campfire logs. And fresh-mown grass. It's when you help us make the Internet sparkle like fireflies in June and fireworks in July. Stretch yourself out on your lawn, with that scratchy grass tickling...Read more +
May 23, 2014

Test Post

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May 22, 2014

Community Post: When You're Too Tired for Sabbath

We haven’t gone to church regularly in weeks. A long winter, work schedule changes and a church move at the beginning of the year have left us in the middle. Facing a string of sabbath free weeks turned spiritual black hole. And the bounced check void I feel when acknowledging...Read more +
May 8, 2014

An Invitation for You to Share Your Story

On a humid August night in 2008, I published my first blog post, from a laptop at my kitchen table. It was a simple, tender reflection about the Emmaus travelers. The moon rose behind me while I tapped out these words: “Like an unexpected Jesus on a dusty road to...Read more +
Apr 30, 2014

Love Idol

Mrs. Huseman, my sixth-grade teacher, knew the problem, at least in part. She named it for me, but I didn’t know that day what she meant. And at first, I took it as a compliment. Mrs. Huseman wrote the word in loopy cursive: “perfectionist.” Naturally, I saw the A+ before...Read more +