Author: Cara Strickland

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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The Bright Sadness of Lent

I came late to observing Lent.   In college, I came across a book called Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross. I picked it up because Lauren Winner wrote the foreword, and I will read just about anything she…

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My First White Friend: Interview with Patricia Raybon

A couple of years ago, I was in charge of curating a shelf about race at a local bookstore. The project excited me but wasn’t sure where to begin. I reached out to people I knew who were passionately at…

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Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent

I ordered Enuma Okoro’s book, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent, sight unseen on the internet several years ago. It has become a treasured yearly companion, giving me space to process waiting, worry, doubt, and what it means when…

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Feeling Orphaned with Kelley Nikondeha

Kelley Nikondeha’s new book Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World is partly her personal experience (she is both an adopted child, and a mother to two adopted children), partly her thoughtful study of adoption in Scripture, and…

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Interacting with Kids as a Single Person

A few years ago, I was privileged to meet an amazing woman named Virginia. She was in her nineties, but still lived alone and drove her own car. She had remained single over the course of her life; she had…

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Immigration, the Bible, and the Church: Interview with Matthew Soerens

Perhaps now, more than ever, we need balanced discourse on the issues that divide our nation. Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang, both employees of World Relief, have added a book to that discourse, Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion &…

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Permission to Have Doubts: Interview with Andrea Lucado

Andrea Lucado has always been a person of faith. She grew up in Texas, the daughter of a pastor. Faith was one certain thing in her life. But when she moved to Oxford to complete her Master’s degree, suddenly, things…

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The Role of Therapy in the Christian Life

A mutual friend connected me to Laurel Justice, an artist and psychotherapist working in Colorado Springs. Laurel considers it a joy to journey with others to facilitate movement towards freedom and flourishing for each client. She counsels couples and individuals…

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Scared of Going to Hell: Interview with Maggie Rowe

I was saved nine times in second grade. I went to a fundamentalist Christian school and often after the Bible lesson, my teacher, Mrs. Clupper, would ask a simple question. “Would any students like to come up front and pray…

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