When Good Gifts Turn Bad

In my observation, some of the worst “troublemakers” in organizations of all kinds are women with frustrated leadership gifts. Like all gifts, leadership can be used in positive or negative ways. Someone with the gift of hospitality may use it to build up the body of Christ–or to foster a clique. A gifted teacher may […]

Should Churches Stop Asking for Volunteers?

“Don’t sit on the sidelines. Get in the game.” “Don’t just show up. Get involved.” “The church needs you. In fact, we need you and four other people to volunteer for…” Do church leaders understand the potential manipulative power of these pleas? I’ve attended—and volunteered in—several churches. They’ve all needed volunteers to accomplish the plans […]

Life, Death, and Generosity

A week ago last Friday, at 9:00 a.m., I cried and prayed for the family whose devastating sorrow would mean a new lease on life for my brother-in-law, Dan. I wrote about Dan, my sister, Cheryl, and their four children in a blog post back in January. Last year, Dan was diagnosed with the rare […]

Leading Anxious People through Change

When my daughter was getting ready to enter second grade, she was really anxious. Every time we asked her how she felt about it, she said she was scared and nervous and she didn’t want to go to second grade—ever. We talked about her feelings and tried to figure out why she felt so anxious. […]

Why Christians Like Me Lack Credibility

In the March 2012 issue of National Geographic , a picture of 19-year Anil Kuldeep fills one page. Anil is a young Christian who lives in southern India, where the church has existed for thousands of years. His right leg displays a nasty scar, evidence of the eight-hour beating he suffered at the hands of […]

I Can Only Imagine…What I Would Be Like

Since 2001, MercyMe’s enormously popular song “I Can Only Imagine” has encouraged us to imagine what heaven will be like, standing before God, overwhelmed by his holiness and power. Such flights of imagination can help us gain important perspective on earthbound life and its concerns. Here’s another imaginative exercise that can change a Christian’s perspective: […]

What The Hunger Games Taught Me (and the Church Should Have) about Men

I just read the entire Hunger Games trilogy in six days. After at least a year of intending to read them on my daughter’s recommendation, I finally took the time to pick them up, motivated by the approaching release of The Hunger Games movie later this month. Like many readers, I got hooked immediately and […]

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, […]

© 2012 Amy Simpson.