We are nearly four weeks into 2020, the time when new year's resolutions may be starting to fade, and I, for one, am already feeling a bit weary, and it seems much too soon for that. In the few short weeks that have marked the new decade, there's been loss – a plane crash in … Continue reading Embodied Shalom: In Honor of Rick Love
In celebration of my twenty-sixth lap around the sun, I hopped on a plane to Kansas City to soak up 72 hours of autumn leaves, falling snow, and the people who transformed the midwest into a second home. After a weekend of quality time with my fellow creatives, I felt inspired to go out on … Continue reading An Unlikely Homecoming
She collapsed after six bullets entered her legs, recent adornments from her husband who casually sauntered up the stairs with a gun and a statement: "I'm going to kill you." Another was pinned on the ground while her boyfriend's hands closed around her neck, applying pressure until she lost consciousness, releasing until she awoke, reapplying … Continue reading A Necessary Ingredient
"I wanted to be called again, to hear the voice of God again, perhaps never more wildly than when it felt like the God I once knew was disappearing like steam on a mirror." ~ Sarah Bessey Abba, where are you when the young and innocent die, when a friend is murdered or a sister-in-law … Continue reading Rediscovering Jesus: A Faith Hinging on Doubt
I have been holding my breath for a long time. Know the feeling? Of trying to gain some control, Fearful of whatever could possibly come barreling around the corner to run you over next, Avoiding the deep inhale and freeing exhale that fill your lungs with life but that also invite both its joys and … Continue reading An Invitation from the Christmas Babe
Today is my 25th birthday, and as a writer (and an over-thinker), I usually spend some time in November reflecting on all of the wonderful life lessons that I learned in that year. But this year I am staring at a hefty collection of habits and perspectives that I would really rather not carry into my next … Continue reading 25 Things I’m Releasing & Receiving in Year 25
The dehydrated ground, with cracked skin begging for water, crumbled beneath our feet. With each step that skin turned to dust, until we reached the gathering of chairs, friends, flannels, blankets, tin mugs full of coffee, and a guitar. My dear friend settled into her chair as I nestled into a blanket on the dry ground, just … Continue reading Abundant Life in the Valley of Death
Have you ever been reading those Bible verses about the rich and the first image that comes to mind is that million dollar home along the coast? Or when you read in Matthew 19 that it is "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to … Continue reading Is There Poverty in Riches?
To my evangelical brothers and sisters, when did we start demonizing the immigrants and refugees? When did we stop seeing them as people and deem their lament over separated families and violent homelands insignificant? When did our allegiance to our political parties outweigh our allegiance to Jesus? When did we become the hypocrites who praise … Continue reading Are We Banning Jesus?
Breathe in. Breathe out. Yet another doctor, with his stethoscope connecting his ears to my lungs, asks me to take a deep breath in, then out. "Good, good. Again, take a deep breath in. Now out. Good, good." Free encouragement (or if you count the copay, $30 encouragement) for doing what my body has known how to do … Continue reading Breathe In, Breathe Out