advent hope

Advent for All, Week 1: Hope

Whether you find yourself in church this Advent or struggling to step foot in its doors, it’s possible to experience the hope of Advent.   Hope can be a dangerous thing.   I’m not talking about the small hopes: I hope…

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Coloring My Prayers

When adult coloring books starting hitting the market, I was one of the first to think they were cool. I believed easily that they would help with stress, that a little time with some crayons or colored pencils might calm…

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Lady Gaga’s Quest for Truth in Joanne

Lady Gaga is known for crazy outfits (meat dress, Kermit the Frog) and memorable award show entrances (everyone remembers the egg!). Her tantalizing lyrics often aren’t safe for younger ears, and she is well known for her sexuality and pushing…

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The Spiritual Practice of Fiction

When I first picked up Sensible Shoes, on a whim at the library, I had no idea what to expect. It’s a novel, yes, but it’s also a sort of spiritual retreat. This is like no Christian fiction I’d ever…

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And Evening

Outside the old panes, the few ash and maple crowns stood bare in dead air and dead light, the skies beyond them so often matched to pewter around here. Snow, maybe rain, usually both along the coast. For two hundred–some…

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Agnostic Angels

Spoiler alert: This piece contains spoilers for three different YA series, particularly Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.   I’m not ashamed to admit that I devour Young Adult fiction, especially fantastical novels with magic or supernatural elements….

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Two Truths and a Lie

I.   I signed up for Jazzercise classes. I knew I would do it as soon as I spotted the building down the street from where I live. I made fun of it at first to save face, but when…

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The Left Hand of God

“Who sits at the left hand of God?” my eleven-year-old, Aidan, asked in church yesterday. It’s a good question, though of course at the time I did what I thought good parents are supposed to do. I shushed him, thus,…

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Failure of Imagination is a Major Crime

In this election season, Americans have experienced a heightened sense of tension when discussing social issues. Nowhere is this tension more palpable than in discussions about racism. But even though it’s important that our nation learns to deal with our…

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not what you think

Assembly Line Salvation

Sir Ken Robinson, an expert on education reform, describes how we are training ourselves to abandon story and creativity. Writing about divergent thinking (the ability to think of multiple possibilities out of the box), he notes a famous study where…

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