Category Archives: Belief

When white evangelicals gained the world but lost their soul

I am not surprised that Trump won. I am disgusted, saddened, and angry, but not surprised for I have lived amongst the Trump supporters as an interracial family. They threw eggs at my house, tried to run my husband off … Continue reading

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When mountains loom large but faith trickles slow

Our Sunday began with a hike to a waterfall at the top of a local mountain. When we arrived at the base of the trail, we quickly realized we would be hiking straight uphill in a local wind tunnel with 50-60 mph winds. Like any sensible non-hiker, I immediately suggested we head back down, but all the other crazies (a.k.a. my family and best friends) thought it sounded like a memory-making experience, so away we went.
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If Jesus was brown and non-Western, shouldn’t some of our other heroes be too?

In search of some role models of faith for my children, I recently began looking for biographies of Christians through history. I found several highly recommended series: Encounter the Saints (Seton) Hero Tales (Bethany House) Men and Women of Faith … Continue reading

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Lenses of a Faithful Follower

It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt. — Fyodor Dostoyevski I do not often feel full of faith. As a matter of fact, I am far more frequently filled … Continue reading

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In honor of the steady faithful

“But I was exposed early to the real stuff – Top Shelf Christianity – Deep and Old Christianity. This kind is practiced by people who work until they stink and take life in great draughts. Their hands are as rough as … Continue reading

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When what you thought would happen doesn’t

One of the great joys of working with young people is hearing their dreams. “I’m going to be an artist.” “I’ll be a basketball star.” “I want to travel the world.” “I’ll be a famous musician.” Youth can have such hope. … Continue reading

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Jesus is not a band-aid: Making life-giving decisions when God feels silent

Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. Proverbs 27:1 (The Message)   Sometimes I think life would be a whole lot easier if God were more of a cosmic puppeteer who … Continue reading

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