Doubt

Interview with Carol Howard Merritt, Author of Healing Spiritual Wounds

It took me about three minutes after receiving Carol Howard Merritt’s new book Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church to realize it was a book for me. It took me seconds longer to…

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The Skeptic’s Guide to Spiritual Practices: Spiritual Direction

Mary’s house is clean. She has no laundry piles on the couch, the floor is free of Legos, and a white pillar candle is always burning on the coffee table when I creak open the front door. It’s a peaceful…

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Interview with Amy Peterson, Author of Dangerous Territory

I’ve been following Amy Peterson’s writing for a long time, so I know the current parts of her story much better than the ones found in her first book, Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World, which releases…

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Feeling Dried Up | An Excerpt of Dangerous Territory

At the end of my second month teaching, I was a bundle of contradictions. I adored my life. I adored my quiet mornings with coffee and my laptop, and the evenings alone teaching myself to play melancholy folk songs on…

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Wanting an Extraordinary Life

Growing up, Amy Peterson absorbed a message that she needed to do big things for God. A love for stories of missionaries changing the world for Jesus fueled her desire. After college, she traveled to Southeast Asia where she taught English…

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Interview with Brandon Hatmaker, Author of A Mile Wide

This month, we’ve made a point of curating essays and conversations around the idea of “the other.” With this in mind, I interviewed Brandon Hatmaker, whose ministry, along with his wife, Jen, has long focused on the homeless, the marginalized,…

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Is Wrestling Through My Faith Baggage Worth It? | Dear Addie #13

Dear Addie,   I’m from a family of conflict avoiders. When relationship rupture occurs, we avoid each other until we can’t anymore and then pretend nothing happened. It’s felt like this has been the only way to be in relationship…

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On Questioning

Earlier this year I had the attractive opportunity of traveling to the other side of the country. A good friend was doing some grad research and proposed the seven-week trip. The only catch? The budget was pretty tight, and the…

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Silence and My Own Missionary Failure

The silence of God is too often ignored in missionary stories we tell in America. In fact, one of the only places I heard about it was in the book “Silence,” which I read in my twenties, trying to come…

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A Good Fear

I have a great-uncle who has a way of commanding attention and tells scads of groovy stories. At one family get together the topic of child rearing came up. As can be likely with a mixing of the older generation…

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