Today, the first day of spring, coincides with a new season in my life. Yesterday marked the ending of a job I liked and knew how to do well, in a place I’d settled into. I could have stayed. In many ways, it would be easier to stay. But staying would mean I’d have to…

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I’m a student at heart. My mom always said I was her most curious child. She’s not the only one exhausted by my perpetual curiosity. Others who know me say the same. I love to study. I enjoy challenging conversations, and I listen to other views. Because of this, I assumed I was immune to…

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I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know the name of Jesus. My family and I were around the Baptist church and its people a lot of the time when I was a girl. Just As I Am was the favorite hymn for the weekly altar call. I was baptized in front of the…

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I knew what to expect from Tish Harrison Warren on her second book Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep. Her first book, Liturgy of the Ordinary is a beautifully written guide book and personal essay on how to practice a holy life in our ordinary days. Prayer in the…

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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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