But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 13:58

Book Review - Visual Theology

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My daughters and I read Visual Theology by Tim Challies and Josh Byers in our Spiritual Formation class for homeschool during the 2016-2017 school year.  As is our custom each school day morning, we read scripture, a theology book, and a prayer guide as we pray for the nations.  The...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 07:35

Empathy, Hidden Figures, and Philando Castile

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You know that scene in Hidden Figureswhen Katherine Johnson answers her superior’s question about where she goes for 40 minutes a day?  He’s upset because she’s always gone when he needs her.  She responds and he’s dumbfounded: she has to run across NASA’s...

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I listened to the audio version of “Keeping Place” while I painted the kids’ bathroom in our home in Parker, Colorado.  Parker—the town that has been my reluctant home twice now.  But I’m warming up to it, as the Lord has been so faithful and gracious to us...

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Absentmindedly I stirred my coffee.  My brain was trying to make sense of the story I was hearing.  Two Christian workers who live in southern Europe sat across from my husband and me and told us about Nelly.  My eyes went from theirs to the window.  As a writer, I wondered who...

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  imageMom, please, pleeaase can we hike all the way to the top?”  

“I’m not sure that’s a good idea.  Look at...

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Here are two nourishing books for any woman—both written by Jen Wilkin.  They are books that will actually help the reader dig in and digest the Word of God for themselves.  I recommend them for women of any age, but can see a special usefulness in moms and daughters reading them...

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If you’re planning on attending a women’s event this summer, I want to help you make a wise choice.  With kids, careers, and myriad other things waiting at home, you and I cannot sacrifice an entire weekend to a bad conference.  So what should we look for when rallying our...

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#WorldChanger is everywhere.  Whether it’s heard at a preschool graduation, emblazoned on throw pillows, or printed on conference t-shirts, our society proclaims to us that we can all be world changers.  This idea, which has subtly saturated our culture and our churches, is...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 08:23

Three Ways to Pray for Manchester Today

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Pioneers in Europe has several teammates ministering in Manchester—not far from the arena where 22 died Monday night, the victims of a terrorist attack carried out as fans were exiting an Ariana Grande concert.  The attack, which claimed the lives of many young people, has put...

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Last month my family traveled to and around Hungary, Czech Republic, and Germany.  We traveled with ease via airplanes and cars, never worrying at borders or immigration or wondering where we would sleep each night.  Armed with American passports, cash, and credit cards, as well as...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 08:18

Book Review - The Waiting

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I love a good memoir.  There are few pleasures sweeter than curling up on the couch with someone’s story.  I treasure seeing life through someone else’s eyes and I feel there is no better way to learn about history and culture and the human experience than reading a...

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“How soon can you guys get here?” I texted my friend and future church planting teammate on one particularly dark day in the Czech Republic.  I continued, “We’re fine.  Just hurry out here.  I’m feeling especially isolated and know that your nearby...

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“I don't know, Jen, are we even ‘doing’ anything there?  Or is it just a thing to…feel like we are doing something?”  My dear friend emailed me those words last week.  Our two families have been going each week to the apartment of a newly arrived...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:12

Book Review - Alive in Him by Gloria Furman

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I knew I was going to love Gloria Furman’s book, Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything,when I read her words in the introduction, “Studying Ephesians…is not about making people aware of their blessings for the sake of self-esteem; it’s...

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 14:50

Gospel-Centered Complementarianism

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This morning I briefly joined my husband in front of our church as he gave a message entitled Gospel-Centered Marriages and Families (you can hear it here).  As he has in the past, when he has preached on Biblical gender roles, he asked me to speak specifically to women, as a woman who has...

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I think I met my favorite book.  Well, it’s probably my favorite book for this particular moment in history and this particular moment in my life. 

Having lived most of the last 17 years overseas as a missionary, I have had to keep American culture and politics an arm’s length...

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Raising daughters in 2017 is complicated.  I’ve got four of them and I’ve been at it now for almost 14 years.  I find that varied voices in our culture and varied voices in my head require me to consider my inner thoughts carefully before verbalizing them to my girls. 

I...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 09:20

A North Star for a Weary Heart

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Many days I wake up and my first conscience thought is, “It wasn’t supposed to be this way.”  My grief is a punch to the gut in the morning and an unwelcome gnawing throughout the day.  And I know I’m not alone in that—how many friends do I have who are...

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“Hey, Mom and Dad, we’ve talked and we want to know if we can share a bedroom,” my 13 year old daughter said to us in late January.  Her little sisters were standing behind her with eyebrows raised and hands clasped.  We were surprised—and thrilled—and agreed...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 12:43

Behold Retreat Messages

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The Behold Retreat last weekend was a mix of about 25 ladies who began friendships in Okinawa, Colorado, and around the United States.  It was a joy to gather with them and Behold our God.  We studied the book of Ephesians in three sessions, which can be heard at the links below.  

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I’m not sure which came first: the chicken or the egg.  I’m referring to a cycle that is being lived out especially in western, wealthy Christianity and in my very own heart, as well.  Here’s the cycle: 

We Christians believe we have a small calling, so we call on a...

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If that Christian book on your nightstand or if your women’s bible study points you back to you, then may I please encourage you to put it down and give it some thought?  

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Based on the shelves at the local Christian bookstore, best-selling lists, and what is conveyed in Christian...

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Advocates for victims of sex trafficking often speak up during the Super Bowl.  I don’t know about your newsfeed, but mine is sprinkled with ways to identify both trafficking victims and perpetrators during this time of year.  I appreciate any opportunity to increase public...

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Our family of six has immigrated out of and into the United States many times.  We have immigrated to Japan, Thailand, and the Czech Republic.  We’ve immigrated my Thai daughter to the United States.  No matter the country, it has never been easy.  In order to gain entry...

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Like most of my friends on the left and the right I am concerned about the recent Executive Orders changing our nation’s refugee and immigration policies.  I’m especially appalled at President Trump’s ban on Syrian refugees who are the neediest population on the planet. ...

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