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

Heading South – Putting Things in Context

I’m a Yankee and a Midwesterner with a bucket list notation – “get to know the South”.  So when we were planning a couple’s getaway weekend in January, I proposed going to a southern state I’d never visited before.  We … Continue reading

Bruised Shins from Stumbling Over Building Blocks of Faith

One evidence of the past three years of seminary study is bruised shins.  Instead of a brain filled with ready-made answers to life’s toughest questions, my hands are regularly on the ground and my knees are bent as I stumble … 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

Going Where You Never Thought You Would

Attracted to something you never guessed you would be?  I am feeling the pull now. I attended a Baptist church throughout my junior and senior high years. This church emphasized Bible study, altar calls, baptism, and sending missionaries around the … 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

Asking Better Questions

Two years ago I began working toward a Masters in Christian Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.   When classes began, I hoped and expected to find answers to questions of theology and biblical meaning.  Instead of finding answers, I’ve learned … 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