How to Sing Your Heart Back Home

Did you know you're building a hymnal for your life? It's filled with lines from books, lyrics from songs, quotes from movies, and a unique assortment of other odds and ends you've picked up along the way. All such content filters through the grid of your mind and settles into the deepest places of your... Continue Reading →

A Look Back

Call me nerdy, but I just love a good schedule. Give me some stickers, colored pens, and a blank calendar, and I'm a kid at Christmas. There is so much calm in the regular rhythm of planning—a chance to exert order and beauty and life over the chaos of time that doesn't yet exist, an... Continue Reading →

Miss Judgy Pants

Confession: I struggle with an addiction to judgment. On the giving end, I am plagued by opinions about e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. While Southern manners and a fear of conflict keep roughly 98% of those opinions unspoken, they constantly light up my brain like a superhighway. Much of that mental activity is spent declaring myself either guilty or... Continue Reading →

Interrupting Me

“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life — the life God is sending one day by day.” (C.S. Lewis) One of the odd quirks... Continue Reading →

Rose-Colored Glasses

The little one struggled to form the name of his diagnosis. He watched his mama say them one more time, those two immensely difficult words for a four-year-old mouth to wrap itself around: cystic fibrosis. Suddenly, his eyes lit up with dawning recognition. "Oh! Sixty-five roses!" As pride swelled in his tiny chest for conquering... Continue Reading →

Good Theology for Bad Days

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England’s blog on February 7, 2020. You can find it here.) God, You're so good.God, You're so good.God, You're so good,You're so good to me. I choked the simple chorus out on Sunday morning despite a lump rising in my throat. Weeks of waiting for... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Gospel

With glasses raised and confetti scattered about like snow, we bid farewell to another year. As a fresh decade opens in the annals of history, let's apply the good news of Christ to the last 365 days to gain some gospel perspective. The more we can commemorate God's past faithfulness, the more we can anticipate... Continue Reading →

The Merciful Wooing of God

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England’s blog on October 16, 2019. You can find it here.) Women have longed for romance since the beginning of time. (Small wonder: the first words spoken to us from human lips were lyrics of a love song.) Something deep in us thrills at the... Continue Reading →

Drop Your Weapons

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England’s blog on September 28, 2019. You can find it here.) Has God ever ambushed you?  I recently attended a conference session about the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). The speaker did a wonderful job of applying this timeless story by discussing the... Continue Reading →

One-Trick-Pony People

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England’s blog on August 21, 2019. You can find it here.) Martin Luther was a 16th century German cowboy with a one-trick pony called "Gospel." Utterly obsessed with the subject, this firebrand monk once wrote that “the truth of the gospel is the principal... Continue Reading →

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