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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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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 […]

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Church

Incarnation

If more women were pastors or preachers, we’d have a lot more sermons and books about the metaphors of birth and pregnancy connecting us to the story of God. (I am rather tired of sports and war metaphors.) The divinity of God is on display at Christmas in beautiful creche scenes. We sing songs of babies who don’t […]

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Culture

Benediction

There are moments you remember, moments that are burned in your psyche like a watercolor tattoo. The moment I found A Deeper Story is one of those moments. Sarah Bessey’s Incarnation post had gone viral, so viral that it was even being shared amongst my mainline clergy friends. The Internet was a different place back in 2011. Evangelicals […]

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Money

How to Sell Feet Pics and Make Really Big Money

Yes, you can definitely sell feet pics and make really big money! Selling feet pictures may sound simple but the truth remains that it’s not an easy process. You will find it more difficult to make money selling feet pictures if you don’t know where to sell nor how to go about selling the pictures. […]

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Church

I’m an evangelical Christian. And I think same-sex marriage should be legal

I live in Canada. Here, it is legal for same-sex couples to marry each other. And somehow, the apocalypse has not occurred. Shocking, I know. As someone raised in a post-Christian culture, now living in a post-same-sex-marriage culture, AND as someone that is a heterosexual evangelical Christian herself, I think that same-sex marriage should be legal –and I […]

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Culture

Jimmy Fallon and the Joy of the Lord

I’m not a super disciplined person. But recently I’ve taken up a new spiritual discipline, and I’m quite excited about it. At night, when the rest of the family is in bed, I have been regularly and routinely seeking time alone to contemplate and commune with the Divine. You know, like one of the Desert Fathers or […]

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Culture

News Flash: You Probably Won’t Marry a Virgin

We need to talk about sex. That much is clear from the response to recent posts on the damage done to individuals and couples by the purity culture. People have shared story after story of heartache, guilt, shame, and unmet expectations (or in many cases, flat-out unrealistic ones). Setting the merits of abstinence aside for a moment, this outpouring […]