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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Friday, 18 January 2019 05:52

Launching a Podcast

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I’m pleased to share with you that I’ve launched a podcast. Welcome to “All Things” with Jen Oshman, where we look at events and trends through a Christian lens. 

All things were created through Jesus and for Jesus (Colossians 1:16), so this show seeks to apply his Word...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 13:38

Christian, Our Biggest Problem Has Been Solved

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I don’t know what burdens you’re carrying as you read this. I don’t know how heavy they are. Or how helpless you feel. Hopeless, even. Or maybe it’s more of an annoyance. An irritation. 

You’re probably carrying both. We usually do. We often hold at least a few...

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We’re two weeks in to the new year and I’ve just finished reading a couple books that have helped me think about how to better navigate my family’s priorities in 2019. I’m sharing them here in case they might interest you too. Perhaps they will be a shot in the arm for you,...

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It’s funny, but God has seen fit to give me writing gifts on the last three New Year’s Days.

On New Year’s Day 2017 I made a resolution to write a book (No topic in mind or any idea how to start, just a desire to grow as a writer.).

On New Year’s Day 2018 I awoke at 4am with...

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This stupefies me. I have checked and re-checked this statistic multiple times over the last few months and every time it leaves my mouth agape.

The three most-read articles on jenoshman.com from Google searches are:

Five Reasons for Assisted Suicide (And Crucial Responses to Each One)

Abortion is...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 08:04

What I Read in the Second Half of 2018

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In 2018 I read a total of 87 books (47 in the first half and 40 in the second half). To see the books I read in the first half of the year, see this list I posted in July. The second half of the year is below. The books are listed by category (Spiritual Growth, Personal Interest, Book Club, and...

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 01:42

The Biggest Comfort and Best Joy at Christmas

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Christmas is nothing, if not frantic. With a pastor for a husband and eight people under my roof, you can bet that I am dizzy from present wrapping, cookie baking, and party planning. And not only frantic, but also heavy. As I draw near to friends who are suffering and enduring loss, the...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 02:45

In Praise of (and in Defense of) Women's Ministry

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“Women don’t need their own Bible study. They need to be a part of the larger church Bible studies.”

“Women’s Bible studies are fluffy.” 

“We shouldn’t divide the body of Christ.” 

“How can the elders know what’s going on in...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 12:34

"Does God See Me?" An Advent Devotional

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“Daddy! Hey Daddy! Can you see me? I’m over here!”

My daughter yelled at the top of her lungs to my husband. He was across the park and we were inside the fence at our neighborhood pool. When she saw him walking in the distance she jumped from her chair and used all her might to...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 08:12

The Pastor's Wife Who Scraped Gum Off the Floor

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When I was a new wife to a young seminarian I watched my then-pastor’s wife do something that I think of nearly every Sunday. That was almost 20 years ago. That means her actions have run through my mind over 1,000 times now. 

Here’s what she did one Sunday morning when our...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 06:42

Good Reads to Add to Your Christmas Wishlist

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I love to read theologically rich books written by women and then recommend them to other women. Here are a handful that I’ve read in the last couple months. If your loved ones need some ideas for your stocking stuffers, I encourage you to share the books below with them.

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I’ve served over 1,000 people Thanksgiving dinner and cooked at least 75 turkeys (thanks to our days overseas ministering to the American military stationed in Okinawa, Japan). And I want to let you in on two secrets to make your Thanksgiving Day a success next week.

1.Bake your turkey on...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 01:54

God Will Help You

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I once survived a season of life when three of my daughters were ages three and under. It was nonstop sippy cups and naptimes and potty training and diaper changes and “Hey, that’s mine!” and “Share that toy right now or Mommy is going to take it away.”

My husband was...

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“I will move anywhere but Parker,” I said several times as we were abruptly relocating to the US one year ago (as of this re-run today, November 2018, that was three years ago in November 2015). We were church planters living in the Czech Republic when we found ourselves backed into a...

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We’ve all been there. We’ve all given our children instructions, they’ve asked why, and we’ve responded with neither grace nor eloquence, “Because I said so!”

We’re tired, exasperated, and in search of a quick fix. We don’t have time to...

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What is it that would cause two young Nigerian women to set out—to leave family, home, country, friends, and way of life—and head north, to Europe? Why, at the dawn of adulthood, at the moment that they should be settling down, marrying, forging a living, starting a family, would two...

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And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)

This is one of those verses that appears everywhere. You see it on chalkboards, t-shirts, coffee mugs, even tattoos. It’s so present that it feels...

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A migration crises is once again in the headlines. As I type, over 7,000 Latin Americans are making their way north from Honduras, in hopes of eventually reaching the United States. According to reports, they are walking anywhere from 25 to 45 miles a day and often in flip-flops. They’ve been...

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“Can you please pray for us right now? He’s so discouraged. I don’t know how to help him. I don’t know how much of this I can bear. For that matter, I don’t know how much of this he can bear.”

My shoulders shook as I quietly sobbed in my laundry room. With the...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 14:30

Getting to Know the Artist By Studying His Art

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I’m on the plane home from New York City. I was there all week with my mom and daughter—a birthday trip and gift to us from my mom. We visited as many museums as we could and drank our fill of all the art Manhattan has to offer. 

Today, while visiting our last museum, I overheard a...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 11:48

Who is the Subject of Your Bible Study?

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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?  

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

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Planned Parenthood (PP), who receives $530 million in US government funding every year, filed a lawsuit blocking 41 other nonprofits from getting a a combined $19.4 million in federal grants because the organizations teach youth to avoid risky sexual behavior. 

Preventing teen pregnancy sure...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:17

A Bible Verse for World Daughters Day

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This morning I was struck by a powerful word picture in Psalm 144. It’s a Psalm written by King David asking God to give victory to his son—his heir—and blessing to the people of Israel. Near the end, David asks the Lord to make their children healthy, their granaries full, the...

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This past weekend we hosted the easiest party ever: s’mores on the driveway with our neighbors. If you’ve been wanting to find a way to connect with your neighbors, but you’re not sure about dealing with the cost and work needed for having people come inside your home—then...

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Am I the only who feels this way? I wondered for the umpteenth time.

I was in the midst of a conversation with friends lamenting their iPhones. The complaints were familiar: our smartphones make us more self-focused, short-tempered, less able to interact with real people, eager for the approval...

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