Category Archives: Everyday Life

This week my friends and I engaged in a robust conversation on Facebook regarding THIS post.   (See also, THIS post, THIS post, and THIS post and THIS post I feel also apply, even though some aren’t directly talking about OCC) These posts focus on the western mindset and at times harmful consequences of the mass […]

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The other day a friend posted a question in a support group for mom’s with a child who has Down syndrome… “What are some hurtful things people have said regarding your child with Down syndrome?” Here were some of the over 500 responses: “He must not have a bad case of it, you must really […]

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When your eyes start to be open to the injustices facing marginalized communities…. it feels like taking an overseas mission trip that is at the same time the most amazing life-giving and heart breaking experience.  And then you come back home and you can’t decide if you’re awful for kissing the ground you live on […]

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  Here is one thing that I’ve learned to challenge myself to do when it comes to listening and learning about and leaning into the realities of POC (People of Color).   When I feel like what they are saying doesn’t match my reality or my experience or even what I could even conceive of […]

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I’m not saying that believer should adopt. It wouldn’t be even possible…but EVERY believer should champion the idea that MORE believers SHOULD than are currently, as well as holding each other accountable to the reasons they are or are not pursuing it when such a staggering but attainable need exists. And that no matter how […]

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I wonder if intentional ignorance or convenient silence will hold much weight or feel like very legitimate reasons when good godly people are held accountable for not speaking up and taking action about policies and leadership and systems and religious practices that hurt the marginalized, the poor and the oppressed. From my understanding of scripture […]

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading about heroes of the faith and crucial leaders in the history of evangelical denominations…. and it’s taught me a lot of incredible things, and I can’t wait to share more about it tomorrow. BUT one thing it has taught me is that the church at large can be […]

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  D.L. Moody – 5th grade education, manuscripts full of spelling and grammar errors. He failed the test to become a member of the church when he was 18. Never went to college, seminary or was even ordained.  His humble beginnings meant that as an adult he never lost touch with common poor people; he […]

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The other night at the dinner table one of the kids said something to the tune of “he be in my class.” in reference to another student we were talking about. I was kind of surprised at my own quickness to correct him and the other adults around the table were just as eager to […]

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“Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicable things, the things that make you disavow humanity’s capacity for redemption. Feel all the maddening paradoxes. Feel overwhelmed, crazy. Feel uncertain. Feel angry. Feel afraid. Feel powerless. Feel frozen. And then FOCUS. Pick up your pen. Pick up your paintbrush. Pick up your damn chin. […]

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April blew through so quickly and might end up being my most favorite month of this whole year.  The weather was simply stunning here in Florida. Abel turned FOUR! And we took a two week road trip to North Carolina.  Dan’s brother got married. We had a wonderful time together as a family. We visited […]

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February 2017:  This month flew by and was very full. We are still loving the incredible weather here in Saint Petersburg and love to grill out and have smores night on the cooler nights. We’ve been reading to the kids after dinner and this month we’ve been reading through The Biggest Story. It’s a beautiful […]

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