The Threshing

There once was a foolish farmer who loved his wheat field so much that he refused to harvest it. Months after carefully planting, watering, tending, and praying, his wheat was golden, ready to bring into the barns and be put to good use. The farmer walked his field, discussing the upcoming harvest. "After I gather... Continue Reading →

Brave Words

"Say what you wanna say / And let the words fall out / Honestly I wanna see you be brave." (Sara Bareilles, 'Brave') You get a text asking if you're interested in taking on a big assignment. Or your old nemesis from high school (totally a thing) sends you a friend request. Or God confronts... Continue Reading →

Gospel Rest for Pulpit People

(This post was originally published on the new LifeWay blog, Facts and Trends, on August 21, 2018. You can find it here.) Whoever wrote the song "Easy Like Sunday Morning" has never been a pastor. The struggle is real. My husband has been in ministry much too long for me to carry an ounce of... Continue Reading →

Listen Up

She glanced in his direction, but her eyes slid easily over his form and moved away to someone else. Through the course of the evening, she conversed with every single person... except him. She laughed at their jokes, offered warm encouragement, and posed thoughtful questions to all the guests but one. Have you ever been... Continue Reading →

A God Worth Hating

He's not good. He's not kind. He's not present. Justice and mercy are far from his ways. This is a god I created, and he's a god worth hating. Don't get me wrong: I didn't set out to form my own version of God intentionally. It just sort of happened. A subtle lie swallowed here... Continue Reading →

Speak Fresh

And He said unto them, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15) Analyzing the speech of most believers, you'll find a strange device on our tongues: Christianese. We sound like we're stuck in the King James version of reality, trying to make the world around us understand... Continue Reading →

Immersed

Aquariums creep me out. You go look at a bunch of water animals as they either stare back all glassy-eyed or hide nervously, one curious toddler away from an aquatic psychotic breakdown. The plaques are cool, though. You can take your time and learn more about what lurks in your local lakes than you ever,... Continue Reading →

A Few of My Favorite Things

August is the best. It's the perfect reason to splurge on a final beach trip, the double scoop of ice cream with sprinkles, and an evening chasing fireflies. August smells like sunscreen and stargazing. As we squeeze the last sweet drops out of this glory-stuffed summer, may the God who delights in our delight open... Continue Reading →

The Pastor’s Pastor

(This post was originally published on the LifeWay Pastors' blog on July 18, 2018. You can find it here.) The days leading up to our church planting journey are a golden haze in my memory. As soon as we experienced the first missional pull six years ago, my husband and I consumed absurd quantities of... Continue Reading →

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