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”

How I Learned to Stop Loathing the Platform

There’s this viral Simpsons meme that perfectly captures my feelings about the word “platform.” The image shows a newspaper with a photo of Grandpa Simpson shaking his fist at the sky under the headline “OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUD.” People post it to mock those who are resistant to change, typically older folks who refuseContinue reading “How I Learned to Stop Loathing the Platform”

Hope of the New Year

As I grew up ringing in the New Year with my family, I wondered, but never asked, why January 1st is considered a holiday. When your parents let you stay up and watch TV way past bedtime, you keep your mouth shut and let the good times roll. Now that I’m an adult and haveContinue reading “Hope of the New Year”

When We Steal the Spotlight from God

When I was entering junior high, my mom bought me a book I found irrelevant and a little rude. Although I don’t remember the title, it would be hard to forget such a cheesy cover illustration—a smug-looking teen girl with a cartoon planet Earth orbiting her head. The point of the book—and the message myContinue reading “When We Steal the Spotlight from God”