Two years ago, I asked God to help me read the Bible with fresh eyes. As I studied the creation story and women in the Bible in-depth, I realized how much my study was influenced by the lessons I learned as a girl from my parents and church, my current church environment, and secular culture.…

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How do we summarize a year like 2020? One way is NOT to use the words everyone else uses to describe it. So I won’t. I’ll do what I usually do in my year end posts: hit the highlights and some of the rest of the stuff that made my year. Be My Guest For…

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In January, I began my blog series called Why I Left Giant Church Inc. It took nearly three years to learn about what happened to me and my family. Thankfully, those who experienced it before us, professional experts, and others shared their stories and knowledge. In one of the darkest seasons of our lives, these…

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Over the summer, I took a free course taught by Dr. Esau McCaulley offered through Nashotah House Theological Seminary. The Coordinator of The Chapter at Nashotah House asked me to write a reflective essay about the course. The Chapter is an online resource for alumni and constituents of Nashotah House. I’m delighted to say The…

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“God prepared me for this.” I penned those words in my journal last night, and I know it deep in my soul. That doesn’t mean it’s painless or that I won’t have doubts. It will be difficult and scary, but it will be really good sometimes, too. I’ve been in dark places before. And now…

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The newest book by Marlena Graves, The Way Up is Down: Becoming Yourself by Forgetting Yourself is a beautiful call to a life of seeing and serving, and growing closer to Jesus. It’s a beautiful call, but not an easy one. From the beginning, the author lets us in on what it will cost us…

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Recovering From Biblical Manhood & Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose, the newest book by Aimee Byrd, confronts a teaching that she believes started with good intentions but now “chokes the growth of God’s people.” Until I read her book, I didn’t know about the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. After…

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Who could have known 2020 would be defined by a global pandemic, causing us to rethink everything we thought we knew? All of us are affected in different ways by the pandemic. Some slightly, others drastically. Whether we admit it or not, it’s changed our lives and nothing will ever be the same. And we’re…

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Today is Maundy or “mandate” Thursday. It was this day Jesus gave the new command. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another”  John 13:34 A lot happened between Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Sunday and him washing…

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Here we are again. The end of another year, and the end of another decade. Ten years ago, my life was entirely different than what it is now. Okay, not entirely different. But different. I won’t try to recap the decade, only 2019. The year brought it’s opportunities and challenges and I’m better for both.…

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