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Untangling Gnarled Roots: Recognizing My White Privilege

  The conversation around race is hard. To have it each of us has to be willing to challenge our own assumptions about the world, to see life through another's eyes. The beautiful thing about Jesus is that he is always asking us to challenge our own assumptions, to see the world with the eyes of mercy and justice ...

Still True, All the Way Through

  The other night I sat in a meeting with five other church elders and my head pastor, listening to him share the hard realities of leading our church. As he spoke to us, I recognized (again) the gift of being lead by a person who is attentively listening to God’s spirit. Thirty years in ministry, and he is ...

The Ashes and the Being Made Whole

I published this piece two years ago at A Deeper Story, but I've never shared its entirety over here. Today is Ash Wednesday: let's think about wholeness, okay? I had planned to worship beside my husband on Ash Wednesday. For the almost-decade of our marriage, we have never once been to my favorite service of the year ...

Chatting about Found with Keri Wyatt Kent

Friends, today I'm sending you over to Keri Wyatt Kent's blog. If you don't know Keri, she is a seasoned writer and the author of several books. She is also a kindred who has been publishing books about rest and spiritual formation since long before I ever started thinking about those things. I'm honored to have begun ...

The One Prayer You Don’t Pray But Should

My friend, Margaret Feinberg, has a powerful story of finding joy in the most unlikely of circumstances. Her new book and Bible study, Fight Back With Joy, just released—and it’s her most vulnerable yet. I invited her to share a bit of her journey with you.     Troy’s daughter is a sparkling ...

On being “healed of being a big deal”

When I was four years old, I donned the emerald green satin leotard of my dreams, tutu attached, and danced on a stage before an auditorium full of smiling people, STARING AT ME (and about fifteen other little girls). It was incredible. I still remember the smell of the satin,  the magic of their attention, their ...

“Extending hospitality to the Word of God”: Talking Bible reading and quiet times with Heather Caliri

  My blogging friend Heather Caliri is making plans to release her new ebook, Unquiet Time: A Devotional for the Rest of Us, on October 15. As she gets closer to her release date, she's inviting some friends around the web to share a little of their scripture reading habits and how we approach the Bible. Last week ...