All posts in Faith and Doubt

Jesus Doesn’t Want You to Be Satisfied…Yet

Open a search engine and type, “It didn’t make me happy,” and you’ll find stories of people getting married, getting divorced, having a family, finding and losing jobs, converting to one religion or another, gaining and losing weight, making money, giving it away, moving from one place to another, reaching career goals. You’ll find story […]

Unsatisfied: A Sneak Peek at My Brand-New Book!

Back in my preteen and teenage years, I first found I just couldn’t buy into some of the prevailing stories I often heard repeated in my broader Christian community. These messages were too simple, too neat in their claims—including the claim that Christians should be happier than everyone else, fearless, and consistently radiant in our […]

Be Careful: Power Tends to Corrupt…Our Faith

Several years ago, my family and I spent a weekend visiting friends in North Central Indiana. Although this part of the country is home to lots of regular Indiana folks, it’s one of the places known as “Amish country,” a handful of regions in the United States that are home to large Old Order Mennonite […]

This Year, Harness the Power of a New Perspective

In 1546, Italian physician Girolamo Fracastoro proposed a theory that epidemic diseases are caused by transferable tiny particles or “spores” that could transmit infection by direct or indirect contact or even without contact over long distances. This was an entirely revolutionary idea. His theory laid the groundwork for germ theory, which revolutionized science and medicine […]

Guest Post: A Personal Retreat for a New Year

My friend Jen Manglos is a writer, a spiritual director, and a retreat expert (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about her and her work). She has created and led retreats in a variety of settings, for many different groups and individuals. And she has generously created a personal […]

A Christmas Prayer

Great God, creator of all that exists, you humbled yourself and took on the substance of your own creation. May we deny our own entitlement for your sake and the sake of others this Christmas. You slipped into the bondage of time and space so you could be one of us. May we lift our […]

This Christmas, Find Freedom in Being Unsatisfied

Imagine it’s Christmas Day. Your loved ones have gathered; the children have shaken, weighed, and squeezed every package under the tree; and now it’s time to open them. Everyone settles in, the gifts are distributed, and the room resounds with the noise of tearing paper. “Thank you! It’s just what I wanted,” someone cries. “Wow, […]

Stewardship Is about Way More Than Money

We litter our own yards with plastic figurines and wrap lights around every object that will serve: trees, light poles, bushes, and buildings. We listen to the same music over and over, year after year, and we sing with gusto about horses, buggies, sleighs, and bells as if these were common to our everyday experiences […]

Worried? Let God Change Your Mind

There was a time when I was nearly powerless against my own emotions. Growing up as a sensitive person in a household made confusing by my mother’s schizophrenia, I learned to mask my feelings well—but that was the only way I knew how to handle them. And when bad things happened, my plans didn’t work […]

Guest Post: 3 Tips for Coping with Today’s Biggest Threat to Mental Health

Loneliness: It’s an even greater public health hazard than obesity. As perspective, obesity reportedly affects one in three Americans and is a leading cause of preventable death in this country. Loneliness’ impact is only expected to keep growing. So went the sobering conclusion of research presented in August 2017 at the 125th Annual Convention of […]

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