What is the Revised Common Lectionary? (for R who asked)

In my church office I have two wall calendars: the usual calendar that runs January to December 2019 and a liturgical calendar that follows the seasons of the church year from the first Sunday of Advent (December 2, 2018) to the end of the church year (November 30, 2019): The liturgical calendar is a beautiful … Continue reading What is the Revised Common Lectionary? (for R who asked)

The Hardship of Death is Real, But It is Not God’s Last Word to Us

It's been 10 months since I last spoke from the pulpit at my previous church. So it seemed strangely familiar and just plain strange to be standing and speaking there last week. The pulpit seemed bigger than I remembered it. The microphone had been replaced with a different model. I felt at home yet not … Continue reading The Hardship of Death is Real, But It is Not God’s Last Word to Us

When Your Wife’s the Preacher

Earlier this month, Christianity Today published "What It's Like When Your Wife is 'Christian Famous'" with brief profiles of the husbands of four well-known women in ministry. When I shared the article on Twitter I added, "I appreciate these glimpses but husbands supporting wives in ministry isn't only for those who are famous. I'm grateful … Continue reading When Your Wife’s the Preacher

Asian American Women on Leadership

Last year I was invited to guest post for Asian American Women on Leadership (AAWOL), and this year I started blogging regularly with this group of women in ministry. We are from the U.S. and Canada: pastors, writers, communications managers, therapists, spiritual directors, full-time moms, students, administrators, single, married, first-, second, and third-generation Asian North … Continue reading Asian American Women on Leadership

Enter to Win a Free Copy of The Radical Pursuit of Rest

I did a double-take when I first read the title, The Radical Pursuit of Rest---isn't "pursuit" the opposite of "rest"? Author John Koessler definitely sparked my interest, and his subtitle added to the intrigue: Escaping the Productivity Trap. In his introduction, Koessler says that while his book contains practical suggestions on how we might pursue … Continue reading Enter to Win a Free Copy of The Radical Pursuit of Rest

25 Self-care Ideas for the Soul: for students, ministry leaders, and everyone

I had been invited to lead a session on self-care for a group of ministry leaders, but my host repeatedly referred to it as a session on "soul-care." After all, the "soul" and "self" can both refer to our inner being, and in the Bible the same word may be translated as soul or inner … Continue reading 25 Self-care Ideas for the Soul: for students, ministry leaders, and everyone

Butterflies, Psalm 27, and the Beauty of the Lord

When I first heard of Rachel Held Evans, I was already publishing books and articles and pastoring a church. We weren't the same age, of the same ethnicity, from the same country, with the same background or church experience, and of course I wasn't even a speck in her huge following. Yet when I retweeted … Continue reading Butterflies, Psalm 27, and the Beauty of the Lord

When You Feel Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed. I've been there too. And not in a good way like being overwhelmed by the beauty of a spring day, or overwhelmed by soaring music, or overwhelmed by love that fills your heart to bursting. It might not be a 9-1-1 emergency -- no need to panic and act quickly, but how to get … Continue reading When You Feel Overwhelmed