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My hero complex wants me to be the reason that God’s kingdom is coming here. But it is Jesus, not me, who is the hero of this story. My role is to be faithful to whatever God asks. And sometimes, it’s great big things and other times it's cleaning dishes for a friend. I do not get to choose what faithfulness looks like. I get to choose to say yes.  Right now, faithfulness is staying home.

Being Faithful Right Now

My hero complex wants me to be the reason that God’s kingdom is coming here. But it is Jesus, not me, who is the hero of this story. My role is to be faithful to whatever God asks. And sometimes, it’s great big things and other times it's cleaning dishes for a friend. I do not get to choose what faithfulness looks like. I get to choose to say yes. Right now, faithfulness is staying home.

The Couple and the Beggar:   What if we took Jesus' words seriously? How can we see God's demand to love the poor seriously?

The Couple and the Beggar

This is a retelling of Jesus' parable from Luke 16:19-31. On the way to dinner, the couple passed a beggar. The beggar's old clothes barely provided comfort from the cold autumn air, and the clothes raggedness robbed him of his dignity. His old hands held a cardboard sign, that read, "Hungry, anything helps." The

Be Present    If you can afford to escape this world, then I want to beg you: please don’t. Please be present in the pain of this world.       Don’t turn off cable news when a story of racism gets uncomfortable. Feel the pain. Don’t change the subject when you feel uneasy. Listen to the sordid details.       Be present in the pain of this world, not because you are a masochist, but to stand in the gap for those of that can’t escape.

Be Present

I desire to escape this exhausting world. I want to avoid the stories of racism, bigotry, and sexism. I want to hide from the scenes in my life where other people treat me less than because I am a woman. I want to ignore the fear-mongering that our religious and political leaders spew. Escaping is easy. Netflix

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My hero complex wants me to be the reason that God’s kingdom is coming here. But it is Jesus, not me, who is the hero of this story. My role is to be faithful to whatever God asks. And sometimes, it’s great big things and other times it's cleaning dishes for a friend. I do not get to choose what faithfulness looks like. I get to choose to say yes.  Right now, faithfulness is staying home.

Being Faithful Right Now

My hero complex wants me to be the reason that God’s kingdom is coming here. But it is Jesus, not me, who is the hero of this story. My role is to be faithful to whatever God asks. And sometimes, it’s great big things and other times it's cleaning dishes for a friend. I do not get to choose what faithfulness looks like. I get to choose to say yes. Right now, faithfulness is staying home.

don’t want to celebrate Easter. I want to go look for Easter Eggs, spend time with family and wear a pretty dress. But I don’t want to celebrate Easter because I doubt the goodness of Good Friday.

I Don't Want to Celebrate Easter

don’t want to celebrate Easter. I want to go look for Easter Eggs, spend time with family and wear a pretty dress. But I don’t want to celebrate Easter because I doubt the goodness of Good Friday.

Our diversity of vocation does not negate that all of us women are called to be Jesus’ disciples.      I am called to follow Jesus into bringing his kingdom here, through teaching about him. And culture and society's understanding of women’s roles will not drown out Jesus’ call on my life.

A Woman's Place

Our diversity of vocation does not negate that all of us women are called to be Jesus’ disciples. I am called to follow Jesus into bringing his kingdom here, through teaching about him. And culture and society's understanding of women’s roles will not drown out Jesus’ call on my life.

Or maybe, God would prefer we dare to let scripture define marriage and a woman's role. Maybe, just maybe, a biblical woman is defined as a woman who follows Jesus. And we let how she chooses to follow Jesus be as diverse as God made women.

Maybe, Just Maybe...

Or maybe, God would prefer we dare to let scripture define marriage and a woman's role. Maybe, just maybe, a biblical woman is defined as a woman who follows Jesus. And we let how she chooses to follow Jesus be as diverse as God made women.

Why I (as a White Mom) Celebrate Juneteenth

Why I (as a White Mom) Celebrate Juneteenth

I teach my child about Juneteenth because I want my child to celebrate the ending of slavery and to have a new narrative in our country that values all people.

What I Learned from InterVarsity

What I Learned from InterVarsity

This post was originally published on InterVarsity's blog. Like many Southern families, my family was in church at least once a week. I attended a Christian camp during the summers. While my upbringing provided me an opportunity to know God, I did not fully know him until I joined a small group during my freshman year

Conversations without Fear

Conversations without Fear

Listen to Krista Xiomara's interview of me on her podcast, I'm Awake Now What. It is a two part podcast. You can find the first episode here, and the second here.

Let's Act

Let's Act

My family traveled a lot, often in developing countries, when I was younger. My little sister would cry when we saw children begging on the street. I thought she was crazy. I couldn’t understand why she felt so emotional about people we didn't know. I believed we were doing all we could and that it was someone else’s r

Vote

Vote

I shocked my Sunday School class when I argued that Jesus didn’t always advocate for docile faith. He modeled compassion by healing the sick and caring for the poor. The respect he showed sinners, prostitutes, lepers, children, and women showed that he saw all people as children of God. And he commanded his foll

Responding with Love

Responding with Love

The article was originally posted on Greek IV's blog. Consider this scenario: You sit down for dinner with your fraternity brothers. Just as you are about to enjoy your delicious meal, one brother plops down beside you and tells the most offensive, sexist joke about a sorority woman. There are a couple of ways you migh

Maybe, just maybe...

Maybe, just maybe...

The judge Deborah is described as a prophet, a wife and the leader of Israel. Her husband is mentioned once before the writer of Judges explains the way God used her to defeat the King of Canaan. She led an entire country. She led men into battle. In her song, she sang, “Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held b

The Myth of Esther

The Myth of Esther

The book of Esther is not about a submissive woman. But rather it is about two women who stand up to a tyrant.

Lament

Lament

This post was originally posted on The Well I love praise — it fits my culture. As a Southern woman, I’ve been told not to “air my dirty laundry on the line,” and I am asked to be “nice” and to avoid making things messy. Because of that pull to create a happy community, I’ve leaned into praise. I love the order and sim

The Couple and the Beggar:   What if we took Jesus' words seriously? How can we see God's demand to love the poor seriously?

The Couple and the Beggar

This is a retelling of Jesus' parable from Luke 16:19-31. On the way to dinner, the couple passed a beggar. The beggar's old clothes barely provided comfort from the cold autumn air, and the clothes raggedness robbed him of his dignity. His old hands held a cardboard sign, that read, "Hungry, anything helps." The

The 11 Letter Bad Word

The 11 Letter Bad Word

Evangelical has become a bad word. The word brings terror to those who remember the fire and brimstone words that pushed them into the margins. It brings images of hateful peoples screaming judgments to anyone who doesn't fall into their normative understanding of a Christian life. The white evangelical church a

Invitation to Adversity

Invitation to Adversity

A negative comment will leave me crying for days. A person doubting me will send me into a spiral of doubt and confusion. My fear of criticism often keeps me from following my dreams. And yet, Jesus invites all who follow him into adversity. As Levi sat down with Jesus, the teachers of the Law and the Pha