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My gut crying out to God: One Woman’s Yes with Carly Gelsinger thumbnail

When I first came across Carly Gelsinger's site, I didn't know if we'd have a lot in common. I didn't grow up in a fundamentalist church, so would her work really speak to me? The answer was yes. The anxiety, the search for new pathways through faith, and what remains of faith after spiritual crises. I was [...]

What Are You Speaking, Lord?: Gail Dudley’s Quiet Time Confidential thumbnail

I was so honored to have Gail Dudley, a pastor, author, and forceful woman of God, agree to respond to my questions about reading the Bible. I read some of Gail's personal story--feeling ashamed, caught in lies about her basic worth--in her book, Who Told You That?: The truth about the lies. Gail's approach to Scripture [...]

Everything I needed to know about reading the Bible I learned from making art thumbnail

I have read the Bible in church and youth group and para-church ministries. I’ve done Bible seminars and one-day trainings and workbooks. I’ve read the Word in another language and culture, read the whole shebang a handful of times. I’ve done word studies and topic studies and inductive studies and Lectio Divina. But the longer I [...]

“Extending hospitality to the Word of God”: Micha Boyett’s Quiet Time Confidential thumbnail

Do you ever wonder how other people encounter--or don't encounter--the Word of God? In preparation for my (!) new ebook, Unquiet Time: a devotional for the rest of us, I asked readers and blogging friends to spill the beans about their scripture-reading habits. Over the next month, I'll post some of the interviews. I'm amazed at the thoughtfulness, differing perspectives, [...]

I let my child plan her own birthday party (and it turned out great) thumbnail

Every year, the anxiety starts in June. It’s when our moratorium on party talk ends, two months before my eldest’s birthday. (Otherwise, we’d be planning the event all year.) “Mama, don’t you think my party this year is going to be the best party ever?” she asks me. I smile, weakly. “Sure, honey.” “I’m going to invite more people this [...]


the answer is Jesus, Stan

the answer is Jesus, Stan thumbnail

The twenty-something's group met at a house, people packed in a small living room, on the floor, couches, chairs, stools at the breakfast bar. I sat sandwiched among these new friends, stomach a little tight. Every week, I wanted the Bible study to be great, to remind me why I’d decided to keep calling myself a Christian. [...]


Jesus is not an anesthesiologist

Jesus is not an anesthesiologist thumbnail

About a year ago, Rachel Held Evans wrote “The scandal of the evangelical heart.” She talked about how the tight theological arguments that exalt the genocide and violence of the Bible almost “scared her out of the Church.” Richard Beck calls this “orthodox alexithymia”. We completely uncouple our emotions from our theology. We expect ourselves [...]


What do you do when the Bible shreds your heart?

What do you do when the Bible shreds your heart? thumbnail

Here’s the moment I stopped reading the Bible. I was on the faded green easy chair in my bedroom. Every night as the light faded from white to yellow to gold, I’d open the Word and read. I’d learned something since college, when reading the Bible was an OCD coping mechanism, a way I proved [...]


Healing cannot be gotten cheap at the dollar store.

Healing cannot be gotten cheap at the dollar store. thumbnail

I’m trading my sorrows, trading my shame, Laying them down for the joy of the Lord— My dishrag stopped. I had been wiping down the black granite of my countertop, sweeping up stray ants. Yesterday, I had left a bit of ham on the counter, and I was still reaping the consequences. Now, I listened [...]


Scars for Mary Demuth

Scars for Mary Demuth thumbnail

Mary DeMuth asked if she could feature last week's post about owning our scars on her site. If you don't follow Mary, she writes about living uncaged each day. Her testimony about surviving and healing after sexual abuse always rocks my world. And I'm so grateful that she uses her platform to champion abuse victims in the [...]