Amusement Ride

Amusement Ride

Our hearts are restless, looking for connection in the most casual of places: a People magazine in the grocery store line or the trailer of an upcoming movie. In this entertainment saturated culture of ours, we spend hundreds of hours and dollars seeking diversion and...
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...

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