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....
Character Matters

Character Matters

In light of recent events globally and regionally, I am realizing the utter importance of character development and accountability, particularly for Christian leaders. If the church is going to have a positive impact on the world, we must take our call seriously, not...
I’m Sorry

I’m Sorry

After a tragedy, like the death of Pastor Andrew Stoecklein, I am struck with grief. I grieve for his family, his church, and that another life was taken by the crippling power of depression and anxiety. I also grieve for the church. In the wake of tragedy, it is the...
Parenting Richly

Parenting Richly

Who hasn’t said at some point that they want “more” for their kids?! I hear many parents say that they want it better for their kids than they had it…and it’s a good sentiment! But is wanting “more” for your kids actually what is best for them? A friend, who is...
Slow Fashion

Slow Fashion

For many companies (peddlers of clothing, food, and supplies), “back to school” means moolah! In a decade of fast fashion—the movement of people wearing clothes for a few months before buying new ones—back to school means MORE, MORE, MORE. Those jeans with the faux...
The local church isn’t the hope of the world…

The local church isn’t the hope of the world…

The local church isn’t the hope of the world…Jesus is. In the wake of one of the largest church and organizational scandals in recent years, I find myself saddened, heartbroken, and yet strangely hopeful. I don’t go to Willow Creek, I don’t know the Hybels personally,...