Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

Murder. Protests. Riots. Vandalism. Privilege. Injustice. Even in an age of moral relativism, people agree with certainty that all men should be treated with dignity and equality. From where does this certainty arise? This instinctual knowledge comes from being made in the image of God: we are intrinsically valuable because God endowed us with aspects... Continue Reading →

How to Waste Your Quarantine

We find ourselves in uncertain times. The news is confusing at best and fear-inducing at worst. We can’t find toilet paper and we can’t see our friends, and I hear that even the introverts are getting tired of having plans cancelled. We didn’t ask for a global pandemic and accompanying quarantine, (okay, maybe quarantine isn’t... Continue Reading →

Comfort During Coronavirus

“Mom, where’d you go?” My five year old daughter worriedly pressed her face against the protective mesh wall of the trampoline. “I’m right here, honey. I just stepped around the garage.” “It was scary. I couldn’t see you.” I reassured my daughter, “I was right here. I would never leave you.” With my renewed though... Continue Reading →

Look At Me

We all enjoy a bit of spotlight. Have you ever read a Facebook status along the lines of “Jane is headed to the grocery store”? Okay, thanks for the update, Jane. I’m sure we’ve all cringed at a frivolous FB status or perhaps even authored one ourselves because we just needed someone to know or... Continue Reading →

How to See the Sickbed

All the bags were packed and waiting by the door, full of the special snacks, swimsuits and towels for the hotel pool, and tablets borrowed from the library for use passing the time on the seven-hour drive. Our three kids were so excited to join Dad for the first time on his yearly work trip... Continue Reading →

Mama, What Is the Purpose of Life?

Any mamas out there with kids who adore the You-Tube sensation Blippi? I’m fairly certain that my oldest two knew how to spell Blippi before they knew how to spell their own names, “Say it with me, B-L-I-P-P-I, Blippi!” His educational content always hits a homerun, but every now and then he whiffs the ball... Continue Reading →

A Religion of Yes

As my firstborn hurtles through childhood and adolescence is now coming into view, I am increasingly aware of the alien way in which my husband and I as Christian parents are raising her and her siblings. Up to now, the differences in how we parent and how the world parents would probably seem relatively minor... Continue Reading →

3 Certain Ways to Ruin Advent

Thanksgiving weekend, my family enthusiastically set out to find our Christmas tree. Minutes after unloading at the idyllic tree farm, a toddler initiated a crying spell that lasted the entire hour we strolled the fields and barn. Meanwhile, another child complained about the cold, a sibling threw a tantrum for more cookies, and another brother... Continue Reading →

Christmas: To Celebrate or Not

Recently my husband and his coworkers have been discussing the appropriate way to celebrate Christmas. He works for a Christian ministry whose staff spans the gamut of theological understanding, and their approach to this topic is similarly varied. Some celebrate Christmas traditionally, while others think it's too materialistic and either subdue their celebration or avoid... Continue Reading →

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