All I Needed to Know I Learned in First Grade

Published in 1988, the book All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten made a splash. American pastor Robert Fulghum compiled 50 short essays originally written to friends and family about essential lessons he learned early that adults would … Continue reading

The Circumstance Behind the Pomp at Graduation

Each person graduating this spring has a story to tell. Everyone who walks across a stage, shakes an administrator’s hand and receives a diploma has overcome obstacles. I wrote the following assignment for the “Rapid Fire Memoir” workshop I took last … Continue reading

I Missed the Graveyard – A Look Back at My Time in Seminary

If asked to list my dreams for the future as an adolescent, attending seminary would not have been one of them. Partly because it was not an option at the seminaries I would have wanted to attend; mostly because it … Continue reading

How Important is (fill in the blank with favorite Christian topic)? or Why are There so Many Denominations?

Pull a copy of the yellow pages off the shelf and set it before you.  I’m assuming you keep one copy of the annual directory in case of a power outage or a dead cell phone.. Turn to churches and … 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

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

More than Brain Power

On Thursday, November 15, I traveled to Milwaukee with two friends from TEDS to attend the 64th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.  Many of the greatest minds, thinkers and teachers in the worldwide evangelical community were in attendance … Continue reading