I love to connect with readers, and was thrilled to receive this email comment recently from Shelley K. Hill of Second Baptist Church in Chester, Virginia, reprinted here with her permission: I am one of the teachers for our Lenten Season this year and we are excited about your book, Christ Is for Us and … Continue reading Waiting for Resurrection
During this Advent and Christmas season as we anticipate and celebrate the birth of Jesus, someone somewhere is dealing with the death of a loved one, with a miscarriage, with a painful job termination, an ongoing mental or physical illness, or some other situation that brings deep suffering, that causes them to wrestle with God's … Continue reading A Journey of Suffering and Hope
"You're the first woman to preach in this church," said the lead pastor who had invited me to speak. "But I'm not going to say anything about that when I introduce you. It's part of our theology that women and men are gifted for ministry, so we're just going to go ahead and do it. … Continue reading Preach It, Sister!
It's impossible, of course. The whole story of the Bible actually takes the whole Bible. Sixteen cherry-picked verses--no matter how carefully chosen--just can't communicate the richness, beauty, and depth of the biblical message. And yet to convey the overarching narrative and message, perhaps it's possible to identify certain key texts as Chris Bruno does in … Continue reading How to tell the whole story of the Bible in 16 verses
Yesterday as part of our Mother's Day service, our Worship Connect kids read their own litany on how their moms remind them of God. Like God, their moms persevere and never give up; they give them food, shelter, and love; they fill them with good things so they could "taste and see that the Lord … Continue reading Mother’s Day Revisited and How God is Like Your Mom
In his preface to Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home, Richard Foster says that for a long time, he wanted to write on prayer, but thought it too presumptuous. “With many subjects it is perfectly acceptable to share one's wonderings and wanderings,” he wrote, but when it came to prayer, he first wanted to learn … Continue reading Suffering as Opportunity
I had never even heard of a "theology of desire" until IVP Books sent me a copy of Jen Pollock Michel's Teach Us To Want: longing, ambition and the life of faith (2014). Curious, I started reading and discovered a beautifully written and deeply personal book focused on desire--part personal confession by the author who is also … Continue reading Lord, Teach Us To Want
This week marks the two-year anniversary of Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal. In a world that sometimes seems too busy, the book encourages us to pause, to take a step back and reconnect more deeply with ourselves and with God. I wrote the book out of my own longing for sacred pauses, and I'm grateful … Continue reading Life Between the Pauses/Toward a Theology of Work