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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Monday, 06 November 2017 13:04

Sutherland Springs: Not a Hashtag, Our Family

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When tragedy strikes we take to social media and show our support by saying #WeAreHouston or #WeAreOrlando or #WeAre…whoever is suffering now. In this age, when the tide of bad news rushes in, scrolling and posting are therapeutic. Grieving together on social media can indeed be a...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 07:11

Three Ingredients for Missional Living

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You’ve heard that Christians are called to live “missionally.” Your pastor says it. Your favorite authors say it. It’s mentioned on the podcast you sometimes listen too. It’s been a Christian buzz word for years. 

Missionaries are sent overseas to be missional....

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 23:50

You Can Loosen Your Grip on the Future

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A group of women recently gathered in my living room for a Bible study on the Lord’s Prayer. The words “Your will be done” sat on our tongues like cough syrup that wouldn’t budge (Matthew 6:10). We had numerous objections. 

One of us admitted, “I feel like if I...

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If you’re a Christian parent you know that Halloween can be tricky. You’ve got friends who abstain from the holiday in every way and you’ve got friends who dress up and jump out of the bushes to scare the neighborhood kids as they trick-or-treat. You’ve got loved ones who...

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Last night we had a surprise overnight guest: a friend we hadn’t seen for almost a decade. Back then Joe was a young Airman stationed in Okinawa, Japan where my husband and I served as missionaries. We spent five solid years with Joe, living closely in community as he attended our church...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 02:40

#metoo: What Can We Do?

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This #metoo movement on social media is eerily similar to the #notokay explosion from last October when millions of women took to social media to share the story of the first time they were sexually assaulted. Back then it was in response to a recording of Donald Trump’s triumph in grabbing...

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I am way late to the Katie Davis Majors party. I am embarrassed to admit that I haven’t even read Kisses from Katie. It was on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks. I’m the only woman I know who hasn’t read it.  And I’m definitely the only female missionary...

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When you’re a church plant there’s a first time for everything.  In a few weeks one of our core families will be adding a sweet toddler boy to their family through adoption.  While we at Redemption Parker do have a couple adoptive families in our midst, this will be the first...

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You may have heard that the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will happen on the 31st of this month.  And you may suspect that Martin Luther's 95 theses still matter.  And you may have a hunch that the Five Solas, which were born out of the Reformation, still bear weight.  But did...

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We were getting ready for bed on Wednesday night when my husband looked up from the news feed on his phone and said, “Hugh Hefner died.”  I caught my breath and said, “Wow.  He’s probably really suffering right now.  How sad.”  Raised by Christians,...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:10

Random Reads: On My Nightstand Right Now

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I love books.  I endeavor to read a lot and to write book reviews when I think they’ll be helpful to someone.  As a homeschool mom, a writer, a woman in ministry, and currently a Colson Fellow, I am usually reading at least five books at one time.  The problem is that not all...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 07:34

Fear, My News Feed, and Psalm 46

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Anyone else feeling prone to panic these days?  I watched CCN 10 (a 10-minute global news show for students) with my daughters this morning and it had my stomach in knots.  The photos from the earthquake in Mexico were heart wrenching.  The impending doom for Puerto Rico from...

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imageHere’s one thing I know about women in the church: we tend to wear many hats.  Each and every day we have a variety of roles and responsibilities and places we need to be.  We have passions and giftings and callings from the Lord that we are committed to day in and day out....

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As a new church plant we are blazing new trails in many areas, not the least of which is our children’s ministry.  We’ve been meeting publicly each Sunday now for seven months.  Up until now, our ministry for children has run on good intentions, but over the last month...

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It happened again.  Three teens took their own lives here in Colorado last week.  Two of the boys were students at the middle school and high school that my husband attended.  Like all local parents, I watched the all too familiar footage of teens gathered to mourn and tears sprang...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:18

Revisiting Mere Christianity

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I recently re-read Mere Christianity, a work of C.S. Lewis that is a favorite of many and a tool that God used to redeem at least one of my dear friends.  The book is actually an adaptation of radio broadcast talks, which Lewis gave in England during World War II.  Though his words were...

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There’s a quote I hear and read almost every day these days because of the podcasts I am listening to and the books I am reading.  They are the famous words of Abraham Kuyper, a Dutch Theologian, academician, journalist, and Prime Minister who lived in the second half of the 1800s and...

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It struck me the other day, as I was scrolling through social media, that I know you feel left out some days.  One friend’s announcement of a new home here in the States was juxtaposed next to another friend’s request for prayer to respond to a natural disaster overseas.  The...

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“Ok, Dad, we have to run.  Do you want to come with the baby to the NICU?”

Not exactly the words a mother wants to hear the very second she pushes her child out.  But that’s what our neonatal doctor said to my husband when Abby Grace entered the world 12 years ago. ...

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Jesus’ words of rebuke to Peter, “Get behind me Satan,” are so well known that they have been a part of our vernacular for centuries—maybe since they were first canonized.  What is less oft spoken, though, is what Jesus said to Peter next, “For you are not setting...

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It’s back to school.  Raise your hand if that means you have slightly sweaty palms and a tightness in your chest because you know you should outfit your children in the latest styles for the new school year.  Or, raise your hand if you know you’re a subpar parent if they...

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Here are answers to three questions that I recently received from a few different friends and readers.  I thought I’d share the answers here, in hopes that they serve others too. 

Some readers have started women’s Bible studies in their homes and Mormons from their...

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I’m pretty sure that no one reading this post will disagree with me when I say that this weekend’s display of racism in Charlottesville, Virginia was horrific.  Probably all of my white friends, family, and readers want only a great distance between themselves and neo-confederates...

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As I mentioned in my post a couple days ago, we are indeed homeschooling our girls again this year.  But that decision did not come easily.  It took months of anguish to decide.  We finally chose to homeschool again for one primary reason: our global calling to missions and our...

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Just moments ago I disenrolled my oldest daughter from the local high school.  This decision was made with not a little turmoil.  I’ll pen a post about how we came to this choice later this week.  But suffice it to say for now, the decision was born out of months of violent...

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