Adopted

Adopted

Last week, two of our closest friends adopted a little girl. They have been blogging about their experience of adoption with great authenticity from the highs to the lows, and everything in between. It has been fun to watched their family form with a new member added...
All in Time

All in Time

All in Time I once heard a joke that went something like this… “A man was taking it easy, lying on the grass and looking up at the clouds.  He was identifying shapes when he decided to talk to God.  “God,” he said, “how long is a million years?” God answered, “In my...
Writings From the Pastor of Pastors

Writings From the Pastor of Pastors

The man called the pastor of pastors, the writer of innumerable books, translator of The Message, and most notably a follower of Jesus, Eugene Peterson, passed away this week. He leaves behind many grieving and many rejoicing at his life and his legacy. Though I did...
Part II: The Mission of the Church

Part II: The Mission of the Church

Last week, I asked the question: is the church obsolete? If you didn’t read it, I hope you can deduce from my previous posts that I don’t think the church is obsolete. But there is a big gap for some churches in their ability to reach people in 2018 while faithfully...
Is the Church Obsolete? Part I

Is the Church Obsolete? Part I

Have you ever heard someone say any of the following, “I don’t go to church because I wouldn’t be accepted there”? Or perhaps, “Why would I join the church? They are basically just a country club for the religious!” Maybe you have said, “I tried out church, went a few...
In the In-Between

In the In-Between

Several years ago, we were on a road trip from Toronto to Princeton, a mere ten hour drive, which was not far on the spectrum of road trips that my husband and I take. But it was one of those times in life when everything seemed to be not quite right: work was a mess,...
Preaching #MeToo

Preaching #MeToo

ChristianityToday released an article this week entitled, “The #MeToo Movement Has Educated Pastors. And Left Them With More Questions.” It’s an interesting read into the problems of the church today, particularly in a time and place where many accusations have come...
Money Talks

Money Talks

Money is a particularly difficult and often uncomfortable thing to talk about. David Foster Wallace, the late novelist, once said, “Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or...
Life in Community

Life in Community

My family lives in a community that is considered exurban. Exurban has little of the “suburban” amenities of community. Most of the people live life in the city, and merely sleep at home—a bedroom community in the truest sense. Community is at a premium....