Do you really know how to read the Bible? (These 3 books will help!)

There’s a trend I’ve noticed lately: using the word “biblical” to describe a topic. Biblical parenting. Biblical marriage. Biblical finances. Biblical diet. I don’t deny that the Bible may have wisdom to share about these topics. But there’s a danger in using the term “biblical” in this way: 1. It implies that one way is […]

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How to Love as He Loved Us

On Monday, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire, causing massive damage and destroying its’ iconic spire. Onlookers were horrified and heartbroken as firefighters attempted to stop the blaze. Watching footage of the destructive flames, I thought of all the hard work that went into building that beautiful church. The stone, the wood, the […]

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An Invitation to Share your Hope and Reason

I believe that sharing our stories is a powerful thing. It’s why I write. It’s why I keep journals and memory books for my kids. And it’s why I was so excited to learn about the Hope & Reason course from Elise Hurd!* Elise is a mom of six who spent ten years developing this […]

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What story are you choosing to tell?

“How was your weekend?” someone asks. It’s a fair question and a common one. And answering it presents an opportunity to curate your life: to showcase the parts you want people to see in order to keep people at a distance, or to invite them into more authentic relationship. On Saturday, we went to a […]

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How to Love Across Social Boundaries

How do you take your coffee? Your answer may reveal a lot about you. Are you a purist, only drinking it black? Do you pour over, use a french press, or use a standard coffee maker? Do you grind your own beans? Do you use flavored creamers? I started drinking coffee at 14, when I […]

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On Dealing with Disappointment

One day as I was vacuuming our stairs with our dust-buster, the hose attachment broke. I had only cleaned halfway up the first of three flights of stairs in our townhouse. “What am I supposed to do now,” I wailed in frustration. “You could try the shop-vac in the garage!” my husband suggested. I had […]

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Facing Fear with Faith

It rained last month in San Diego. As is usually the case, TV journalists were on the scene, standing in front of puddles and cautioning drivers everywhere. In our family, wet weather means my husband can’t ride his bike to work, so we all pile into the family car to drop him off then bring […]

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