Doubt

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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Interview with Laura Werezak, Author of Attend

I’m excited to talk with Laura Werezak, author of the book Attend: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God. You can listen to our conversation here or read the transcript below.   Briana Meade: Attend is a book for anyone who is…

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Living with Chronic Pain

“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.” —Dante   My extended family members and I are all avid hikers. When we hike our favorite mountain,…

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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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Letting Myself See God Again

Mountains stretched to the horizon, mountain after mountain: most of them blue-green with evergreens, a few tall enough to be topped with rocks and snow. The closest had a peak covered by a meadow bright with flowers: gold, scarlet, and…

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Changed by Mystery

One painting grounds my spirit every time I see it. I have bookmarked the image on all my devices. I have written about it, researched it, and given lectures about it, but I have yet to put my finger on…

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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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After the X

A Crucifixion Poem, for Good Friday   Some small thing, a thread of sweat on a forehead, hidden by cursive ashen hair—these we know. An X there, over and over our brow as water runs and his neck drops And she…

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Empty Places

We skip Sunday school and head south, seeking somewhere to explore, and after bellies full of flapjacks, we find it at Indian Echo Caverns. This limestone cave, hidden along the Swatara creek, is a geological wonder, a gem of a…

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As If

I grew up in an evangelical, white, middle-class home. We loved Jesus, went to church each Sunday, and studied the Bible. We were Baptist, so we didn’t follow much of a liturgical calendar—in fact, any liturgy was treated with suspicion….

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