If I start from the beginning, I remember that February afternoon when I sat with my husband (then, my almost-fiancé) on the porch of his parents' house. Feeling a bit dizzy and sore, I sat back and tried to rest. I was recovering from surgery. We sat in silence for a few moments. There was … Continue reading Where Grief Meets Faith (My Miscarriage Story)
We need the gospel just as much now as we did when we were first saved. In fact, the real way to do battle with our sinful corruptions, seek deliverance from temptation, and live a humble life dependent on God is to keep the gospel of Jesus Christ at the forefront of our hearts and … Continue reading We Never Stop Needing the Gospel
You wouldn't think something as simple, yet central, as the gospel would be easy to forget... right? But it's true that all of us--from the "baby Christian" to the veteran believer--can find ourselves losing sight of the most precious Truth, on a daily basis! First, allow me to summarize the good news of Jesus Christ … Continue reading 5 Moments We Forget the Gospel (And Don’t Even Realize It)
...with the light of Christ-centered womanhood. Much has already been said these days about the horrific reality of abortion--the violent murder of innocent babies in the womb. We could spend pages and pages (and article after article) saying more. It's crucial for the Church to be aware and informed about this. To not just know, … Continue reading Scatter the Darkness of Abortion
Why let Marie Kondo have all the fun? Perhaps you've heard of the craze for this Japanese author and her books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her most recent, Spark Joy. She even has her own show on Netflix, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Her brand is called Konmari. (If you haven't heard … Continue reading When Christians Tidy Up
Amidst a variety of Christian platitudes stands the timeless half-truth, "God never gives us more than we can handle." There is a sense in which this is theologically accurate--if we view it on the basis of 1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, … Continue reading The Time God Gave Me More Than I Could Handle
There's no doubt that mainstream Christian culture today places too much emphasis on emotion. We're encouraged to use our feelings, rather than the facts of Scripture, as a gauge to see where we're at spiritually. Strong faith is equated to a crazed, emotional high, to being "on fire for God"... but anything less is labeled as weak … Continue reading Beware the Lies of Emotionalism
To some, studying theology seems like a dry, stale process that sucks all the life out of the Christian faith. We need to grow so much in loving others and serving God--in putting into practice what we already know--so why waste all this time debating doctrine and poring over the works of old theologians? Shouldn't we focus … Continue reading Are Reformed Christians “All Head, No Heart”?
They're everywhere! Or at least, it seems that way sometimes. If your social media feeds and news stories look anything like mine, you know what I mean--article after article featuring today's false teachers, written either to promote them, or expose them. Many are rich and famous. Some are less well-known. They are nicely dressed, charismatic speakers. Under … Continue reading How Should We Deal with False Teachers?
What do we do when we're bogged down by self-loathing thoughts? When our own minds hurl cruel insults and harsh condemnations at us, causing us to despair and doubt that God could really love us? If you struggle with these things, I'm not here to tell you to just "get over it." Nor am I going … Continue reading Trade in Self-Esteem for Christ-Esteem