Lost Things- and the God Who Loves Them

“Mom, are you still looking for Yuki?” I can’t help it.  Even though my cat of fifteen years has been gone for nearly a week I keep hoping that she will come home.   In every room of the house I find myself looking out the windows, pressing my face against the screen so I can…

Hypocrisy- Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

For all the jabs that get tossed at Millennials (text-junky-visually-addicted-short-attention-span-I’m-entitled-to-whatever-I-want-right-now), there is one thing that I can say with confidence.  They can smell a fake a mile away. My husband and I did youth ministry for ten years and we still get to wade in Millennial waters every now and then. (See adjacent photo of…

Engaging the World

Once again, the US is talking about gay marriage.  Amidst pre-school carpooling, laundry-folding, and making vats of spaghetti sauce, I catch snippets of Nina Totenberg’s commentary on Proposition 8 arguments to the Supreme Court.  Many on Facebook have donned red “=” profile pictures.  There are renewed calls for Christians to boycott my beloved Starbucks over Howard…

Marriage, poverty, and self-control.

A couple days ago I had breakfast with a dearly loved liberal friend.  She is a biologist and doing valuable work to protect our earth’s natural resources around the globe.  Despite our differing perspectives, we found common ground regarding our values- specifically in anti-trafficking efforts, feeding the hungry, and fighting poverty.  Because we have both…

Communication Principles

In most areas of life, scripture does not give us details on how to deal with every single situation.  But it does give principles within which to operate when problems arise.  Here are several biblical principles that are to guide Christians in how to maintain right relationships with one another. Maintain Unity Unity is painstakingly…

The great *stigma* divide.

“You sent me the link to your blog, and I knew I was never going to open it,” one of my closest friends who falls on the other side of this issue told me. It was reported that a family member said something to the effect of: “I just began reading a few words of…

Courageous Communication

The church is not perfect, and you’ll never hear me say that it is.  In recognizing areas of weakness in the church, it only confirms that the Bride of Christ needs her Bridegroom to clothe her in garments of purity- because on her own, she doesn’t deserve to wear white.  But while the church is…

Orphans No Longer

All commands given by God have this in common: they are easy to say, but hard to live. In this post, I want to focus on one of these commands: to care for orphans in their distress (James 1:27). The cause of the orphan is of late getting the attention that it deserves within the…

Trusting My Heavenly Father

My nine-year-old and I have been spending some quality time together… in the middle of the night.  She is the last of my four kids to come down with the Chicken Pox and thankfully she is almost over it.  But for a couple nights, she simply couldn’t rest.  So we made a bed for her…

Listening to God in 2013

As I scroll through the blogs tagged “Christianity” tonight, many of them are promoting more scripture reading in 2013.  Of course, being the sweet and mild pastor’s wife that I am, I clearly favor copious amounts of Bible reading.  However, as I look around my immediate Christian world, I see very few of us who…