Who’s To Say?

I was watching the news last night (a dangerous thing to do these days) and listened to a number politicians espousing their very staunch, determined views about an array of national and international issues. What struck me most was the tone with which they spoke. It seems to me that the strong-willed resolve they portray to the nation …

Spiritual Insurance

My mom got a speeding ticket last week. When she got home, she shared that she had even seen a police car and reminded herself to slow down, but her speed crept up again and another cop pulled her over. I can fully relate to this experience — I drive with a heavy foot. While my mom …

April 15th: Tax Time

Taxes are an especially controversial topic in the current presidential election. I have little interest in spouting my political views on this blog, but I think that most people can agree that the 2016 election has sparked energy, concern, and even anger and anxiety among many in the United States and around the world. And one …

Staying On The Vine

My husband and I have a large potted plant named Marjorie. Trust me, I know how crazy that sounds. But we don’t have a dog, and we’re not in our baby-phase  yet, so that leaves us caring for vegetation. Neither of us are great at keeping plants alive — I am atrocious, actually, and my husband does …

Another Women’s Day

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and I was busy reflecting on a post that had nothing to do with women’s rights. Frankly, I didn’t feel very compelled to write about how awesome women are on International Women’s Day — the world pretty much had that covered. I would prefer to write about the strength, dignity, and …

At The Altar Of Deconstruction

Yesterday John Pavlovitz published another blog post on the topic of hell. He entitled his latest post, “No Christian, We Don’t Deserve Hell (And We Probably Needn’t Worry About It),” and the feature image appears to be a man walking out of flames that encompass his body. By the time I awoke today, many friends had shared …

Cheering or Jeering on Palm Sunday

Alright, I know I’m about two weeks early in writing about Palm Sunday. I’m really excited to start edging toward the Passion Narrative, though, and I don’t want to cram all of the amazing stuff that happens in those texts into one short week. So I’m moving forward, and we’re going to dwell in the …

Angry and Hangry Jesus

“Jesus never really got angry…. Except when he cleansed the temple!” I have heard a version of this sentiment at various stages throughout my life. It’s the idea that Jesus was a super peaceful, loving, calm guy… except that one time when he totally lost it. The issue with painting the temple cleansing instance as the only …

Mustard, Leaven, and Our Need to Let Things Grow

I have a very Type-A personality. I like being involved, giving my perspective, trying new things, and staying busy. And I love that God has given me this energy and drive. While having a Type-A personality definitely has its benefits, I’ve experienced some significant drawbacks as well. I often struggle to just let things be …