Crossroads: You’re Not Perfect

As a first grader, I was a pretty big talker. I loved to talk to everyone about everything. And one day we had a fire drill at school. You were not supposed to talk during the fire drill, but I did.

Crossroads: He Is Risen!

He is risen! He is risen indeed! Easter is such a wonderful time. The dark, somber mourning of Good Friday has passed and in its place is new life, lots of color, and thankful spirits. The best part of our story as Christians is that we are not grave people—we are resurrection people.

Crossroads: Anger and Words

“Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me.” How many times did we say this to someone growing up? How many times have you heard it before? When I said this as a kid, it was because someone had said something hurtful and mean to me, and I said it to cover up the fact that those words did hurt.

Formations 03.20.2016: Justice, Mercy, and the Crucifixion

It wasn’t until I found myself reading a book about mercy and hoping for a person to be punished that I realized I’ve been way too comfortable with the story of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Formations 08.30.2015: Choosing to Forgive

It seems the news has been full of people who have every right to lash out at those who have caused them harm, but have chosen instead to forgive.

Formations 08.02.2015: Loving—and Forgiving—Our Enemies

Two days after Dylann Roof murdered nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the families of his victims posted a YouTube video in which they extended forgiveness and urged Roof to repent.

Thrive: Vulnerability and Risk – Amy Shorner-Johnson

Who among us hasn’t tried to push the attention away from ourselves when we are afraid? When the teacher starts calling names and the answer seems evasive? When the boss looks for someone to hold accountable?

Crossroads: Guilty

Have you ever done something wrong and felt very guilty afterwards? We all have. It could be something as simple as ignoring a rule, telling a secret you were supposed to keep, or saying something mean about someone else, or something much more serious for which you were unable to undo the damage.

Crossroads: Burying the Hatchet – Philemon

Many years ago when I was in elementary school, my family and I visited the Native American reservation in Cherokee, N.C. I remember many things about that trip, but there was one story I heard on that visit that has always been my strongest memory.

Formations 08.10.2014: Scientists Discover Dogs Get Jealous

Scientists from the University of California recently concluded that dogs get jealous of other dogs. The team built a stuffed toy dog that could bark, wag its tail, and even whine. When real dogs observed their owners making a fuss over the toy, they became angry.

Uniform 08.10.2014: Moving Forward Through Forgiveness

When Paul writes 2 Corinthians, both he and the congregation in Corinth are recovering from a “painful visit” (2:1). After spending a lot of time in Corinth, Paul had returned, hoping to reconnect with friends and continue guiding the young church. But he had been greeted with distrust and accusations of insincerity.

Formations 02.23.14: Leniency or Law?

The command seems simple enough: “Do not commit adultery” (Exod 20:14). This fundamental moral principle, enshrined not only in Scripture but in virtually every human culture on the face of the earth, would seem like a no-brainer. Be faithful to your spouse, and don’t tempt anyone else to be unfaithful to theirs.