Connections 05.19.2019: “The Second Death”

This passage offers some of the most hopeful promises in the Bible. In the first part, death is overcome! In the second part, God rebuilds Jerusalem as a place of hope and strength and newness.

Uniform 07.06.2014: A Choice that Blesses Others

It’s tough to find a balance between honoring our free will to make choices for ourselves and taking responsibility for how each choice might affect another person. Especially in the United States, we take pride in independence and self-sufficiency.

Uniform 06.22.2014: Staying Active in Between

The church where I worship each Sunday is in a time of transition. Two weeks after my first visit more than a year ago, the small congregation sold their building and moved into a temporary facility, waiting for a more permanent solution to be revealed.

Uniform 06.08.2014: Do Something

When God’s people returned to their homeland after a long and miserable exile in Babylon, they saw the destruction of their beloved temple—the place where they felt closest to God—and probably felt more alone than ever. They wanted to honor God by rebuilding a worthy place of worship, but they didn’t have the resources.

Uniform 05.25.2014: Boiling It Down

I’ve been told that the entire Christian faith boils down to two instructions: “Love God, and love people.” That sounds so simple—too simple. And I’m not the first person to think that.

Uniform 05.11.2014: Going Home

When we think of the word “home,” some of us picture a place of welcome, comfort, and familiarity. We may imagine a certain house or room, or we may think of the people who make that house a home for us.

Uniform 04.27.2014: Good Things and Bad Things

One of my favorite television shows, Doctor Who, follows a time-traveling alien who appears at some of the most crucial moments of history and attempts to right wrongs or redirect paths. Instead of dying from injuries or old age, he regenerates into a man with a new face and personality who still remembers everything he has done.

Uniform 04.13.2014: The Leader We Need

Beauty shop gossip is a well-established tradition, at least for women. You go to get your hair trimmed or colored or washed, and you sit there listening to the hairdressers and their clients discuss religion, politics, relationships, kids—basically any topic that comes up. You might add a point or two from time to time.

Uniform 03.30.2014: Crowds Lining the Streets

Parades are exciting events. From a festive celebration like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, which attracts thousands and is aired on television all over the United States, to the small-town events that honor local heroes, parades cause people to line the streets.

Uniform 03.16.2014: Passing It On

When I tell my mother that I don’t feel old enough to have been a mom for nearly ten years, she laughs and says, “Try being a mom for nearly thirty-seven years.” To which I reply, “Thanks for reminding me how old I am.”

Uniform 03.02.2014: Making a House a Home

This time last year, my family and I were anxiously searching for a new house. We made the choice to relocate for various reasons, and though the move wasn’t far—just a few miles across town—it still involved high levels of stress, as all moves do.

Uniform 02.16.2014: They’re Doing the Hard Thing

Two weeks ago, I posted an entry about doing the hard thing. “Do the hard thing,” I wrote. “Don’t just listen. Don’t just talk. Act on what you hear and say about Jesus. That’s what makes it real.” This idea is one of James’s main themes, and today’s text highlights it again.

Uniform 02.02.2014: Doing the Hard Thing

Nearly thirteen years ago, I made a commitment to a man. I spoke words and donned a ring. He heard those words, and so did everyone else in the church. God heard them, too. Over the years, I have learned again and again that those words and that promise are not enough. Sometimes, it’s harder than I ever imagined to live out those words.

Uniform 01.19.2014: Upstairs or Downstairs?

Last year, I discovered British television. I was both entertained and surprisingly moved by shows like Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Broadchurch. Another British show just began its fourth series on PBS Masterpiece.