Month: March 2016

God Can, But What If He Doesn’t?

“See that? That’s baby number two! You are having identical twins!”   We were ecstatic. Well, I was. My husband was a little nervous.   Then the doctor quickly added, “Hmm, I see the heartbeat for Baby A but not…

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When is it Time to Leave a Church? Dear Addie Column #4

Dear Addie, I grew up thinking Christianity was like a circle that I was enclosed in. My evangelical bubble was small yet so very certain. Every issue I ran across was clearly pre-marked inside the circle or outside the circle….

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Choosing and Being Chosen: The Bachelor, God, and Me

Last December, I was at a friend’s holiday party, when talk turned to the new season of The Bachelor, starting in January. Normally, I tune out in these moments, like I do when someone begins quoting statistics in a sport…

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Broken as Hell

There are these guys at the Starbucks I go to. I think they’re retired. They’re always wearing sweatpants and don’t look like they’ve showered so I figure they aren’t working. These guys are here every time I am, and it…

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How to Be Single?

On the day before Valentine’s Day, some girlfriends and I made plans to have brunch and go to a movie. We were following in Leslie Knope’s Parks and Recreation footsteps with a “Galentine’s Day” designed to celebrate female friendship. We…

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What’s in a Name?

I’ve always cringed when people refer to praying as “petitioning God.” To me, it makes God seem like a governmental bureau that rarely condescends to pay attention to a matter unless enough people make a big enough ruckus that it…

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The Witch

The thing you have to realize about The Witch is that the threat is real. It’s unclear until the end of the film (at which point it becomes a little too straightforwardly clear) what constitutes the threat, whether the ordeals…

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Love through Trials and Unbelief

A couple years ago my wife packed our two small boys in our van and started driving south on a quest to find Light. She tells her story in the book Night Driving. You might not be wrestling with doubt,…

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Addie Zierman Night Driving Interview

Addie Zierman’s second book, Night Driving: a story of faith in the dark, is the story of a woman in the midst of a cold Minnesota winter, and the winter of a soul, still sorting through the evangelical history from…

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Changing the Question

My first heart-wrenching loss happened the year after Brandon and I married. I thought I was twelve weeks pregnant when we went in for an ultrasound, only to learn that we were actually no longer pregnant. Our baby had stopped…

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