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General

Speaking Fear Praying Shalom

We’re stomping in the sludge on our walk to the bus stop. Every so often, the boys slide on the ice while my daughter clings to my coat for dear life. I call to them, “Listen: We need to make one stop at the GAP before dinner. I have your books in my bag. Sit […]

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Culture

On Choosing To Listen

I remember seeing them cringe with hurt faces. Whispers would come from around the corner of the high school hallway as the outspoken Baptist girls would mumble hurt-words like “cult” and “brainwashed.” The girls didn’t think they were heard, but the eyes said it all & gave away their guilt. The hurt faces told me […]

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Culture

Impromptu Sex Week (A Link List)

Maybe these weren’t the links you expected to find over your morning coffee. Last week, our own Sarah Bessey wrote a little piece that started a big conversation. Since, there have been a number of conversations cropping up around the blogosphere about sexuality and church. A few caught our eye and we wanted to link them here […]

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Church

Mark Driscoll Isn’t My Pastor

I don’t know if it’s necessary to state the obvious, but I will. I am a part of my church not because it is around the corner from my house. Not because it is conveniently located in a state I love. Not because it is filled with perfect specimens of Christianity. Not because the leadership […]

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Culture

In Defense Of The 4-Letter Word

The junior high boys swore under their breath, and I looked at them wide-eyed and appalled. I slapped their hands, half-chastening, half-flirting, said, “You shouldn’t say that!” Once, the skinny youth group drummer, fed up with my judgy stares, challenged, “Where does it say in the Bible that you shouldn’t swear?” And I went home […]

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Motivation

Finding God In A Little White Pill

I wrote it down that same day because I did not want to forget. The cost of forgetting was too high. She was in the bathtub playing. She splashed her brother standing nearby and he slipped and fell, hurt and crying. And I yelled. I drove daggers in with my words and it was fierce. […]

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Church

When None of It Mattered

I’ve spent the past few years in a spiritual detox. In my lifetime, I’ve heard more sermons than one could ever possibly need, and I’ve read more Christian books than anyone should ever read. I’ve done the Sunday-morning-Sunday-night-plus-Wednesday-evening church service thing. I’ve memorized the verses. I’ve had the Romans Road and Four Spiritual Laws and Spanish […]

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Church

I Don’t Want To Be A Good Christian Anymore

God, sometimes I feel  like I’m not a good Christian in Your eyes,   like You’re a Father disappointed in me,  frustrated, wishing I would do more, be more,  and I wonder are You proud of me? Am I a good Christian?  Do I make You smile? I don’t want to fail.  I don’t want to […]

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Culture

Teach Your Children They Are Whole

“Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection…As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” […]

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Culture

Jesus Had Blue Eyes (Or, “Plus One”)

Listen . . . Let me tell you a deeper story, lest we forget why we are here in this naked place, where we value hard the speak that comes not from our shallow parts, but from the truth of our trenches. It came one day out of the hunger in our bellies, an idea […]