When Criticism Restores (Revelation 2-3)

Criticizing “the church” has become something of a past-time on social media. One prominent author recently tweeted that, though the church had never been anything but good to her, she just wasn’t feeling it anymore. She didn’t know where she fit, etc. Hundreds of commenters tweeted that they were disenfranchised also. Some hadn’t been to […]

Good Packaging (2 John, 3 John, Jude)

About five years ago, I was at a Christian conference with a variety of speakers. Because I really, really care about adoption, I was particularly drawn to a speaker who had recently adopted two children. I sat at the edge of my seat as she talked about her family’s adoption journey. She was hysterically funny […]

Picking Up Chairs (1 Peter 4)

My dad is a carpenter by trade. He’s a quiet, hardworking man who is very talented, but never the center of attention. Recently, a friend died and I went back to the tiny community that I grew up in to attend the funeral. The service was held in the only room big enough to hold […]

Prepare Your Mind (1 Peter 1)

In First Peter 1:13, the apostle Peter wrote something profound; “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled.” Peter had been writing about the inheritance that we have through Jesus Christ when we accept Him as our Savior. It is an, “inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade- kept in heaven for you (vs. […]

Considering Joy (James 1)

My oldest daughter, Ryann, is an extraordinary reader. When she was seven, she asked me what “circumcision” was. “Ummm…where did you see that word?” I stumbled. “Genesis,” she answered. Okay, then. Interesting conversation, which I was entirely unprepared for, ensued. When Ryann was six years old, my husband took a class at church in which […]

A Remarkable List (Hebrews 11)

The book of Hebrews contains one of the most remarkable lists in all of antiquity. It is remarkable because if who it contains; a prostitute, a philandering husband, a leader who had to run for his life to avoid a murder rap, a judge who was brought down by a conniving woman and on and […]

Grow Up (Hebrews 5)

Not so long ago, a young woman came to me for help. Through no fault of her own, life had been extremely challenging for her. Because I was in a position to help, and because I genuinely cared for this young woman deeply, I was happy to assist her. Our family went to extreme lengths […]