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

“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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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 22:58

Women's March or Abortion Parade?

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The Women’s March on Denver is happening this Saturday, just like the Women’s March on Washington.  I am most-assuredly pro-woman and I, too, want to communicate to Donald Trump that I am watching him.  I want him and men throughout the nation to understand that grabbing women...

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Here's an idea for a meaningful evening on this Martin Luther King Jr Day: watch a movie or documentary that focuses on the life and legacy of MLK, the Civil Rights Movement, or the history of black Americans.  If you don't have time this evening (I realize I'm late with this post!), plan...

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Our prayers are a reflection of two things: our priorities and our theology.  We pray for what we want (priorities) and we ask for these things based on what we believe about God (theology).  If our priorities don’t align with our theology, our priorities tend to win.  Rather...

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(This is Part 2, Part 1 may be found here.)

Somewhere along the way in our modern culture, it became socially and medically acceptable to exchange compassionate care with artificially ending life early.  Somehow palliative care, hospice care, and the old-fashioned presence of loved ones have...

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After church a friend and I were lamenting the condition of our ailing parents.  Her mom and my dad both reside in nursing homes, both have terminal diseases, and both sometimes seem very depressed.  My friend’s eyes filled with tears and she said that maybe physician-assisted...

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 18:48

Redemption Parker

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If you've been visiting my blog since late November, then you know how I arrived in Parker, Colorado.  The past 19 months have included a lot of grief and often a lack of clarity, but most recently, vision and excitement for what we believe we are called to now.   

The last...

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Last night before I tucked my girls into bed for the last time in 2016, I printed them each a plan for reading the New Testament in 2017.  They’ve all been showing varying degrees of commitment to and enjoyment of reading the Bible alone in the past year.  But I’ll be honest,...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 20:08

What does the Lord require of you and me in 2017?

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It seems like Americans are especially ready to be done with 2016.  We are writing resolutions and envisioning better days ahead.  In 2017, let’s be sure to aim for what matters.  And the reality is: very few things actually matter. 

It is estimated that Americans are...

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The Berlin truck attack last week was a poignant and symbolic tragedy: a Muslim attack on a Christian(Christmas) setting; death at the scene of rejoicing in Christ’s birthviolence invading a peaceful celebration.  It was horrifying proof of what Europeans...

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I don’t know about you, but fear often impedes my ministry.  Fear of rejection.  Fear of saying the wrong thing.  Fear of giving up too much.  But, Christmas should change that.  At least that’s what a priest said.  Zechariah “was filled with the Holy...

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration has given me pause every day since I read it this summer.  The history I learned reverberates through my thinking about my black friends’ families, histories, and experiences, as well as the status of my own...

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Maybe you're thinking about setting a new goal for your family to keep having family worship (family devotions) throughout 2017.  Or you might be considering spurring on a loved one by giving them a devotion book for Christmas.  Several moms have written to say that they're loving their...

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