Two weeks ago we had snow in the Ozarks, drifting into the road on the Sunday morning drive to church, catching in my hair as I darted into the big red doors. Today, the windchimes sing in the warm breeze that dances into my open window. The irises are budding, ready to bloom. Dogwood and… Continue reading When Winter Ends
I first read about Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung's Glittering Vices on Scot McKnight's blog, Jesus Creed, about four years ago. Intrigued, I ordered a copy, which I promptly placed in a stack of books I was meaning to read. A couple false starts later, I began to make real progress through Glittering Vices about a year ago,… Continue reading Book Review: DeYoung’s “Glittering Vices”
Hot-cross buns! Hot-cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns! If you have no daughters, Give them to your sons; One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns! I grew up on the Mother Goose rhyme. I sang it as a girl, skipping through a world as sweet as the sticky buns I… Continue reading One a Penny, Two a Penny, Hot Cross Buns!
"Eww! You're the Old Maid." The cacophony of childish voices would shriek and dissolve into a babble of laughter. Sometimes my voice was among them as we sat pointing and jeering at the unlucky child holding the only card with no match in the deck. Other times, I was the one left with the card… Continue reading Redefining Old Maid
"I sometimes wonder why others don’t see it or feel it. Life is sad. People are hurting. Why aren’t more people sad? But sadness doesn’t sell well, and it doesn’t seem to preach well either. But it’s there. It’s there in our families and ministries. It’s there in our churches and friendships." ~ Jonathan Trotter… Continue reading Thoughts on Hope and Sadness