Creating space for spiritual seeking and seekers – what would you recommend?

Imagine you’re sitting for the final exam in your seminary class on evangelism. One of the questions for the essay portion of the test is the following: Develop a plan for a year-round retreat center, and formulate a general outline … Continue reading

“Pray Until You Pray”. Huh?

In last week’s introductory class to American Church History, the professor shared some life-shaping advice he received from his pastor as a young adult — “Pray until you pray.”  My initial response was, “Huh?”  Then I heard the wisdom hidden … Continue reading

Book Clubs: Bonus When Multiple Voices Read Same Text

I’ve spent three years in a couple’s book club and so appreciate the multiplicity of voices and respect each participant’s perspective and their ears.  Each person hears the author’s voice slightly differently, and the text becomes grander and richer through … Continue reading

The Accepted Addiction: Busyness Pt. 2

Previously I wrote how a week-long illness sparked a period of reflection in my life.  I had adopted a BUSY lifestyle and found it wanting and damaging, not fulfilling.  I decided to make changes. I started with changes to my … Continue reading

The Acceptable Addiction: Busyness

I am convinced that growth and maturity come through the ongoing process of shredding the tapes running in our heads and replacing them with new ones. For years I lived by the mantra, “If you’re busy, you must be important”. … Continue reading

Dreams Really Do Come True: A Women’s Theology Conference

Yesterday I stepped away from the registration table and stood in the back of Melton Hall on Trinity International University’s campus and reveled in the sight of 132 women gathered for Identity: A Women’s Theology Conference.  The dream had come … Continue reading

Headed to Seminary? Pack a Box Cutter

Even though I didn’t physically move locations to attend seminary, I have spent a lot of time unpacking boxes during my past two years of study.  The boxes didn’t contain books (though I could fill several with texts) or kitchen … Continue reading