Author: Sarah Wells

The Bible Made New

I didn’t grow up reading the Bible—though we did have an illustrated Bible stories book floating around among Dr. Seuss.   One Thanksgiving Day, I paged through a King James Bible looking for the section on Thanksgiving prayers, resolved that…

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Eight Resolutions for a New Year | Marriage as a Spiritual Practice

My husband, Brandon, and I met with a financial advisor for the first time recently.   “One of the questions you need to ask is when do you want to retire,” our advisor said. “And what do you want to…

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Vulnerability

The first year I worked for a graduate writing program, I read the memoirs of Kim Barnes before she arrived on campus. Barnes’s books affected me deeply by their weight and power and beauty. As I read her story, I…

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Marriage in the Wilderness | Marriage as a Spiritual Practice

We moved three years ago for my new job, but there was more to it than that. The years leading up to the move felt volatile, and I left that place brittle. My relationship with my boss had become increasingly…

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Keep Magic in Christmas

When my children were finally old enough to do more than cry and crawl, I began a family tradition many others have around the holidays: the advent calendar. The goal was to plan an activity of some kind—large or small—for…

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Marriage as a Spiritual Practice | Intro

Brandon and I had been married for about three seconds when we decided that we would be awesome at marriage ministry. Because we were clearly awesome at marriage. For those three seconds.   This past October, Brandon texted me while…

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All Things Are Yours

The last few months I’ve been reading books by writers some people condemn as heretics. Heretic is an interesting word; it means “a person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.” To most people, then, Christians are…

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Picking Rocks with the Cosmic Christ

In the summer mornings of my childhood, I crossed the street with my dad to help my extended family harvest sweet corn. We are a people who tend to the land; I understand at a fundamental level what it means…

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Sassy Jesus

“Lydia,” I said, “you be Jesus.”   I had to assign each of the kids in my Sunday school class a role in acting out one of the Gospel stories. This particular story called for four guys, Jesus and three…

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The Terrible Justice of Children

My children play war. Not a day seems to pass without swords or guns, knight costumes or military hats, the sound of explosives exploding in some pretend space in our house. Legos line up for battle in forts defended by…

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