Author: Cara Strickland

Interview with Maggie Rowe, Author of Sin Bravely

When I started reading Maggie Rowe’s book Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience I saw myself there immediately. For many, her experiences of being afraid of God, worrying about salvation, and getting answers that only seemed to confuse the…

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Choosing a Therapist: Notes from the Trenches

After I wrote “Therapy for Beginners,” I received an email from a reader who had noted that my current therapeutic relationship wasn’t my first, and that my first therapist wasn’t a good fit. She asked me what I looked for…

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Interview with Tanya Marlow About Living with Disability

I’ve been a reader of Tanya Marlow’s work for years and have always appreciated her great compassion and grace in the middle of difficult circumstances. Through the magic of the internet, I’ve gotten a chance to know her across an…

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Therapy for Beginners

I wish I had gone to therapy before I was suicidal. Even now, what I remember most is the fear. I was afraid of my destructive daydreams, but perhaps almost as afraid of seeking help from a mental health professional….

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God Has a Name, an Interview with John Mark Comer

John Mark Comer is a pastor in Portland, Oregon, and the author of four books. I caught up with him to talk about his most recent title: God Has a Name.   You can listen to our interview or read…

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Getting Used to Good News

Sometimes, I’m not sure I’m happy enough for Easter. When it comes around each year, I sing the alleluia’s that we have stopped saying during Lent, and I clap a lot and say, “He is risen indeed,” when I am…

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Serving God, Saving the Planet with Dr Matthew Sleeth

In my church growing up, we didn’t talk much about the environment, perhaps because we were focused on going to heaven. Dr. Matthew Sleeth’s book, Serving God, Saving the Planet, offers a different perspective, drawing on the Bible to make…

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Katelyn Beaty’s A Woman’s Place Interview

I’ve appreciated Katelyn Beaty’s work for years, as a woman, and perhaps especially as a fellow single woman (although I think that her writing is important far beyond that demographic). Her book A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your…

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My Biology is No Accident

She stands at the front of the church and raises her arms in greeting. “The Lord be with you,” she says. We reply, “And also with you.”   My pastor is not tall, about five foot three, give or take—just…

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Interview with Kate Wallace of The Junia Project

The Junia Project is one of the first places I ever heard the term: egalitarian theology (I found them through Sarah Bessey’s work). Since then, I’ve learned so much from their scholarship and work, and been encouraged about God’s dream…

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