Who Would Be My People?

As my conviction grew to complete my pastoral ministry with my congregation, my questions grew too. While I felt more and more certain of the Spirit's leading to shift from my pastoral ministry to focus on my writing, I wasn't at all sure how that would work. As members, would my husband and I continue … Continue reading Who Would Be My People?

Resources for Small Groups

As our small groups wind down for summer, some look forward to well-deserved rest, some plan to serve as hosts for our summer coffee times or meet informally for a mid-summer picnic, some are deciding now what they might study together come fall. If you're interested in a topical study, I can happily recommend the … Continue reading Resources for Small Groups

Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-Up World

When I first learned that one of my sister Redbuds planned to write a book about entrepreneurs and marriage, I mentally added it to my must-read list. After all, I grew up in an entrepreneur family. I saw first-hand how many hours my dad poured into his snack food manufacturing business, how much my mom … Continue reading Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-Up World

How to Pray About Work When You Can’t Find the Words

This Labour Day weekend, I've been thinking about work and prayer, so today I offer this round-up of prayer resources related to work, justice, unemployment, and job loss. As in my earlier articles on How to Pray When You Can't Find the Words, in each case below, I've included a short excerpt with a link … Continue reading How to Pray About Work When You Can’t Find the Words

In the Aftermath of Painful Job Loss

Several weeks ago I received an email from the managing editor of Canadian Mennonite seeking permission to print one of my church employment articles as a sidebar for a feature story. You'll find their feature story here: When your services are no longer required which explores "how corporate personnel strategies have crept into the church, and why … Continue reading In the Aftermath of Painful Job Loss

When You Work for the Church: the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how we can all do better

I never thought I would start a second blog. Just this one blog, posting once a week, keeps me busy enough--sometimes busier than I mean to be. And my current tagline--"Writing and Other Acts of Faith"--covers everything, doesn't it? On this blog I've written book reviews and retreat notes, pondered social media and spiritual practice, … Continue reading When You Work for the Church: the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how we can all do better

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How to Make Friends with your Email Inbox

This week I read about a modest proposal for eliminating email. After all, email can be time-consuming, adds extra pressure to an already stressful workplace, fragments attention, and can sometimes feel like a never-ending black hole. One friend says bluntly, “I hate email.” Some have written about taming the email monster, and others have already … Continue reading How to Make Friends with your Email Inbox

Crafting a Handmade Faith in a Mass-Market World

I’m losing my taste for the prepackaged, the mass-produced, and the canned. It’s no longer enough to add water, microwave, stir, and eat. I want to know where things come from. I want to know how they affect me. I want to know how they were supposed to taste before the factories took over. I … Continue reading Crafting a Handmade Faith in a Mass-Market World