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Our God is a God of Second Chances

By on September 22, 2016 in Christian Life with 0 Comments
Our God is a God of Second Chances

This year, my oldest daughter, Makaylan, began kindergarten. I’ve known for a year this day was coming, but I did not anticipate how deeply it would affect both her and me. I spent two weeks preparing her for this big event. (And my husband spent even longer preparing me.) We talked about her new teacher, […]

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Misconceptions of Grace

By on September 20, 2016 in Christian Life, Theology with 0 Comments
Misconceptions of Grace

Never before have I heard the phrase, “Can I have grace?” so often since becoming a dean at a Bible school.  And why shouldn’t I?  We all want grace. We get pulled over for speeding, and we do everything in our power to convince the pleasant police officer to give us grace, to get us out of […]

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The Lethal Game of Comparison

By on September 15, 2016 in Christian Life with 0 Comments
The Lethal Game of Comparison

The Comparison Game. It’s one we all play. And, in the end, it’s one we all lose. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, the woman on the latest episode of Fixer Upper – all present the newest ways in which we see what we don’t have. There are a gazillion articles online concerning comparison. I stopped reading them because […]

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5 Family Benefits of Children’s Sports

By on September 13, 2016 in Family and Parenting with 0 Comments
5 Family Benefits of Children’s Sports

We’ve all seen the reality shows of girls on hyper competitive dance squads or young boys playing tackle football with the intensity of a college game day. We’ve heard the warnings of strained muscles from over-use and understand the consequences of an over-scheduled childhood. When it comes time to plan fall activities for my children, […]

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When You’ve Gone Too Far…Again

By on September 8, 2016 in Dating with 0 Comments
When You’ve Gone Too Far…Again

As I sat across from her, I could see the sadness in her eyes. And then the confession: “Amanda, my boyfriend and I went ‘too far’… again!!” My first reaction was to blame the guy for putting pressure on her, but then the truth came out….She was the one who started the physical relationship, and […]

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An Introvert’s “Guide” for Building Community

By on September 6, 2016 in Christian Life with 2 Comments
An Introvert’s “Guide” for Building Community

Being someone who leans more towards the introverted end of the personality spectrum, I am especially grateful to God that He allowed me to marry an extrovert. Otherwise, as a friend once jokingly pointed out, my son might never see the light of day! My husband is the type of person who will eagerly wait […]

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The Secrets of Self-Harm

By on September 1, 2016 in Emotions, Women's Issues with 2 Comments
The Secrets of Self-Harm

She sat in my office stiff and straight-backed looking down at my desk as though something was keeping this 16 year old girls’ rapt attention. She twirled her hair. She bit her lip. She looked at her shoes. She fussed with the sleeves of the sweater she was wearing … in August … in Florida. […]

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My Disciples Lack Boundaries (And Jesus Totally Gets That)

By on August 30, 2016 in Family and Parenting with 0 Comments
My Disciples Lack Boundaries (And Jesus Totally Gets That)

Making disciples is a privilege and command given to every follower of Jesus. Right now I’m discipling a group of senior girls and a couple of young moms. Making a disciple isn’t simply meeting once a week for 30 mins, but sharing some meals together, doing ministry and some life together (so many graduation parties, […]

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Theology Thursday: Understanding the Mosaic of the Atonement

By on August 25, 2016 in Theology with 0 Comments
Theology Thursday: Understanding the Mosaic of the Atonement

I grew up in St. Louis, MO, and one of my favorite places in the city is the Cathedral Basilica. This massive cathedral holds the largest collection of mosaic art in the entire world. It’s breathtaking! Wall-to-wall, intricate glass pieces line vaulted ceilings and vast archways, creating portraits that depict entire stories. Up close, you […]

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Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.

By on August 23, 2016 in Jesus, Theology with 0 Comments
Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.

Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us (leading us to faith and worship), we have to see it as something done by us (leading us to repentance). Indeed, “only the man who is prepared to own his share in the guilt of the cross,” wrote Canon Peter Green, “may claim […]

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