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May We Never Forget: September 11

May we never forget that day, though nearly an entire generation has emerged in its wake; A day with piercing, sapphire skies, so typical of September. And typically, it began. The rush hour throng had subsided, and everyday people went about their everyday jobs,...

May We Never Forget: September 11

Creating a Culture of Honesty

I was at the gym today and noticed this headline on one of the national news channels: “Epidemic of Dishonesty.” It was referring to a commencement speech given by former New York governor, Michael Bloomberg (you can read the article here). Though he was...

Creating a Culture of Honesty

Facebook Friends and “Secret Sins”

Yesterday, to ease my guilt and get a few laughs, I put up a confession on my Facebook page. It read, True confession: I threw away a bunch of Easter candy in the trash so I wouldn’t eat it. Then later I took it back out again and ate it. It was true. I actually...

I Used to Hate Women

I used to hate women. I honestly did. Well, hate is a pretty strong word. But it does encompass other strong emotions, like fear, intimidation, and distrust. I was always uncomfortable around them. I felt unsafe. Invisible—and at times, exposed. The sad memory of...

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 2

Thanks so much to all of you who read, shared, commented on, and encouraged me about last week’s post. While mental illness isn’t the easiest thing in the world to talk about, it’s so important. For one thing, it’s more prevalent than you might think. The National...

Should Every Christian Adopt?

November is National Adoption Month here in the US. That might not mean much to you now, but I'm going to tell you why it should. And, I'm going to challenge you to think a little more (and maybe a little differently) about what it means to adopt. First, a little...

Should Every Christian Adopt?

Desperate to Belong: Confessions of a Former Insider

I have a confession to make.  After going through all of my school years as the nerdy, prudish, goody-two-shoes type of kid nobody really liked, I finally became one of the 'popular girls.' At church.  That was never my goal, but it happened. I met this incredible...

Belong

Redwoods, Racism, and Christian Community

Last week, on the first day of my first visit to Northern California, I visited one of the famed redwood forests. It is difficult to describe the experience other than to list a few words that left a lasting imprint on my soul. Majesty. Peace. Stillness. Holiness....

Redwoods, Racism, Community