Who decides what a significant life is anyway?

All I wanted was a donut. On a rainy Saturday morning, Sarah was attending an association conference for the United Church of Christ and I decided to tag along, thinking that we could spend some extra time together (hello, Pastor’s Wife life) and then go out to lunch afterwards. We ran the block from the car to the…

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Let’s follow the kids: 3 ways to enact real change

I’m sitting on my couch, staring out the window as I watch the melting snow drip from the tree branches. It’s like the trees are crying, I think. They’re weeping right alongside all of America. It’s only been four days—how has it only been four days? Four days since 17 children lost their lives in…

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When you need to remember how to dream

December 12, 2016 For someone who finds herself in an anxiety-induced frenzy during the changing of seasons of life, I absolutely adore the changing of the seasons of weather. I love the thawing of the earth as Winter moves into Spring and new green life peeks through the mud when the rain finally stops pounding…

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Five Truths We Need to Hear When We’re Depressed

I am honored to be over at Pursue Magazine today talking about the truths we need to hear when we’re in the depths of despair. The Psalms are full of times where David pleaded with God to relieve him of the darkness which threatened to overtake him. He talks about his heart growing faint (Psalm…

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Glory Happening (in my kitchen)

I got it in the mail the week before we moved from our tiny, cramped one-bedroom apartment into our new three-bedroom house: a book full of the exact words my soul was longing for. We were moving from the little apartment Sarah had agreed to rent without ever even having seen it as she had…

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Jesus Called Christians to Be ‘Perfect.’ What Does That Mean?

I am honored to be published over at Relevant Online Magazine today with an exploration of Matthew 5:48. “Be perfect, or you’re a failure.” — Jesus OK, obviously, Jesus never said this. We know Jesus; we understand that He is God wrapped in flesh, kind and ever-loving. And yet, we often become paralyzed at the…

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Dear Non-affirming Christian: an open letter

October 12, 2017 Dear Non-affirming Christian, Hi, I’m so glad you’re here. One of the very best things about doing this work is getting to have conversations like this. I know we are a little different—in theology, in worship style, in Biblical interpretation. That’s okay. We have one thing in common: we are all one…

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Daring to Hope: a book review

September 26, 2017 It came right when I needed it most: this story of God’s unending faithfulness. Katie Davis Majors has been a woman I have looked up to for spiritual guidance and a writer I have read voraciously for inspiration in my own writing journey for years. She first wrote to us in her…

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