Remove the Fences in Your Neighborhood

No fences? Huh. It was my first thought as I scanned our new neighborhood. From our home at the bottom of the cul-de-sac to the top of the hill, most of the houses sat next to each other without borders, their lush backyards blending into one long green alley. My husband and I had just movedContinue reading “Remove the Fences in Your Neighborhood”

Did PMS Make Me Do It (Sin)?

I’m not a fan of PMS. Who is? As a precursor to the terrible cramps I get once a month, it sure feels like hell. A recent article published at The Gospel Coalition also drew comparisons between PMS and the spiritual realm. Author Rachel Jones urged readers to fight sin at the battleground of hormonalContinue reading “Did PMS Make Me Do It (Sin)?”

The Beauty of Hidden Ministry

I count the signs in my folder: two, four, six, eight. Good. That’s all of them. Eight signs with little arrows pointing left, right, left. I whip out the Scotch tape and stick them on the white-walled hallways of the warehouse-sized church. If I don’t put these up, people will get lost trying to findContinue reading “The Beauty of Hidden Ministry”

3 Ways the Church Can Advocate for Birthmothers

Cowritten with Brittany Salmon The Church is no stranger to adoption. Many congregations in the United States observe Orphan Care Sunday, host fundraisers for prospective adoptive parents, and sponsor adoption charities and scholarships. As we celebrate two adoption awareness events in November, National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day, we might feel confident advocating forContinue reading “3 Ways the Church Can Advocate for Birthmothers”

Ordinary Influence: Advancing the Kingdom Without Being an Evangelical Celebrity

Blank stares. A cleared throat. Some “hmmming” and legs being crossed, then uncrossed. You can always tell when women feel uncomfortable answering a question in a group discussion. In this case, the group was discussing the speeches we’d just heard during a conference video streamed at our church women’s retreat. The conversation had been moving steadily untilContinue reading “Ordinary Influence: Advancing the Kingdom Without Being an Evangelical Celebrity”