Curiosity: A Christian Virtue

Curiosity: A Christian Virtue

As ambassadors of hope and healing in a broken world, curiosity can serve Christians well. Since we’ll never arrive at a full knowledge of God’s divine attributes and plans, curiosity serves to illuminate our faith journeys with previously uncomprehended truth. The...
Countercultural Language

Countercultural Language

As a lifelong reader and writer, I’ve always been attuned to language, perhaps the same way a painter is attuned to light and color, or a chef to texture and flavor. The words we use, their resonances and layers of meaning, deeply affect me, making something like...
Against the Grain

Against the Grain

When I got the email, it felt like a slap in the face. A cold, disembodied feeling stole over me. All I could say was, “Oh.” My husband and I had recently been embroiled in a debate with our church over the role of women in leadership. With his full support and...
The Problem with Mock Apple Pie

The Problem with Mock Apple Pie

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a snug wooden house deep in a forested valley. There was a shallow, rocky river across the dirt road from her front door with a rope bridge to Widow Pearson’s cottage downstream and an old brick bridge she liked...
The Church & Sex

The Church & Sex

I was 14 when I was first pressured to have sex with my boyfriend. As a young impressionable woman without the moral guidelines of the Bible, I allowed romance movies and novels to provide the lens through which I interpreted the meaning of sex. It was clearly 1)...