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Living My Faith

Shut your mouth, holy man (or woman)!

I sort of wish I had someone there to stop me every time I start saying something unkind or unnecessary or in a scathing…

Bible 101

Two lies and a truth

There is a game played at team-building events and slumber parties alike called Two Truths and a Lie. The idea is to learn more…

Life’s Challenges

Why do I keep overeating?

In grade school, I was the fat kid. I don’t know how else to say it, but I was the catcher from the movie…

Living My Faith

Freedom!

It’s almost here: the day the United States celebrates its freedom from the tyranny of old King George and Mother England, and we do…

Friends & Family

Being human

When my youngest daughter was born, she came out crying. The doctor said, “It’s a girl!” but my daughter just cried at the sound…

Taboo

Jesus wants to talk with you

She was sure she was on the right side of this. Yeah, the man speaking to her didn’t seem like he had it in…

Taboo

The truth is, my life is messy too

A couple months ago, I interviewed two women who had abortions. The particulars of each pregnancy—that neither were married, neither father wanted the pregnancy…

Living My Faith

Are you confused about home?

My family lives on almost 12 acres of land. For three years my husband tried his hand at being a beekeeper, but Wisconsin winters…

Taboo

Be That Friend

If, by God’s grace, you aren’t the one in three or four who have experienced abuse, you might not know what to do to…

Who is God?

Fully present

There’s nothing quite like having someone’s full attention. They’re present. They’re listening. They have their phone put away, and their eyes are focused on…

Living My Faith

How does your garden grow?

When we lived in Minnesota, we had a huge garden—I’m talking 40 feet of asparagus, 20 pepper plants in pots, rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries, a…

Bible 101

Why did God create hell?

The 20th century was the epoch of evil. Yes, it was also a time of great advancement in technology and medicine. Yet even those…