My Grandma’s Smile Just Changed Your Life

I have a large collage of pictures hanging on the wall in our family room, and I love to show it off to guests. It’s full of black-and-white photographs of my dad’s side of the family, going back four generations to the couple who made their way across the Atlantic in the 1890s to start […]

A Little Grace for Masculine Christianity

There’s been a lot of recent talk in this sphere about so-called masculine Christianity. Some Christian leaders, like Mark Driscoll and John Piper, seem to prefer a brand of Christianity that appeals to the prevailing sense of masculinity as defined by nineteenth- and twentieth-century Western culture. And they erroneously claim that brand of Christianity should […]

Ideas for Women’s Ministry

Last week, I posted an article about Why I Don’t Do Women’s Ministry. This week, I wanted to write a follow-up post in the hope that it will generate some ideas for how we might make women’s ministries more effective. Mostly, I’d like to hear your ideas. But in order to get this conversation started, […]

Why I Don’t Do Women’s Ministry

I really hate those “home parties.” You know, the ones where you go to someone’s house and hear about the latest gadgets, skin care products, or overpriced home décor. The hostess serves brownies and everyone talks about their kids and how busy they are. Then the sales representative stands up and gives a hyper-peppy presentation […]

When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” —Eleanor Roosevelt in You […]

If My Ancestors Could See Me Now…They’d Be Pretty Impressed

“If our ancestors could see us now…they’d be so proud.” I made this sarcastic comment as my husband and I were engaged in a martial-arts-based workout in our living room. We were staring at a small television we had pulled out for the occasion, determinedly punching and kicking the air in front of us and […]

My Sister, My Hero

Let me tell you about one of my heroes. My sister Cheryl is three years older than me. When we were growing up, we rarely got along. In fact, I’m having a hard time remembering any warm, fuzzy sister moments between us. I do remember several screaming matches and some punches, but fortunately things have […]

The Society Page

I inherited an old trunk that sat for many years in my grandma’s basement. It had belonged to the generation before, who used it to bring their possessions across the sea from Sweden. It now sits in my living room. It smells a little musty, but I treasure it as a link to my heritage. I was […]

Thoughts on CS Lewis and Sabotage

This is one of my favorite C. S. Lewis quotations, from Mere Christianity: “Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.” Maybe it’s my non-conformist streak (OK, it’s more than a streak). […]

A Challenge for Half the Church

“May it never be said that we ignored the cries of the helpless and focused on ourselves. Let it instead be said that God used those cries to awaken a sleeping giantess and filled her with a terrible resolve—half the church, angered and outraged at the unchecked forces of evil in God’s world. That we […]

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