The Flawed Women in Jesus’ Genealogy

The Flawed Women in Jesus’ Genealogy

The women who were Jesus’ great-great-great-ancestors had issues. Their problems might not necessarily qualify them as bad (as in Liz Curtis Higgs’ Bad Girls of the Bible) or even lost (Lost Women of the Bible by Carolyn Custis James), but they had their shortcomings....
To Take—and Give—Courage

To Take—and Give—Courage

Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned—caught her at it. Then he reassured her: “Courage, daughter....
31 Ways to Live from the Solid Place

31 Ways to Live from the Solid Place

I wish I were that gal who regularly rose before the roosters to spend hours in Scripture and prayer. And when I wrestle with the fact that I don’t seem to be her, I vacillate between making weak excuses for why I don’t just get my poop in a group and feeling shame...
Praying Through the Dark of Night

Praying Through the Dark of Night

“Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy. There are truths which one can see only when it’s dark.”   Isaac Bashevis Singer Some nights never end. Alone in my head, I replay stories and the future seems dark as it dominates the landscape. I feel small and gloom...
No Groveling Required

No Groveling Required

One spring day, I played with my two-year-old grandson in the backyard. When a noise caught his attention, the little boy turned toward the street. “Get back here,” I called. “You are naughty and going immediately into time out for the rest of your life. Now, think...
Late Night Boxing Matches

Late Night Boxing Matches

Too many nights, in the quiet of my bedroom, I’m an unwilling actor playing a part in my own private drama. It’s like a movie set where the raucous din of the beer-swilling ringside crowd fades away and the bright arena lights dim, leaving a solitary,...

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