Dear Christians, we need to do better…

Over the last few weeks, some annual lists came out that have me heartbroken, frustrated, and more than a little angry. One of my goals on this blog and social media is to advocate for religious freedom. I truly understand that not everyone is going to believe as I do. But as a Christian (according … Continue reading Dear Christians, we need to do better…

Women of Acts: Sapphira

(If you would like to read these posts in order, here's the link to the "Intro to the Women of Acts." The Bible references are linked so you can read them online if you choose.) Early in the life of the new Church, we learn that they shared their possessions and supplied each other’s needs.  Acts … Continue reading Women of Acts: Sapphira

I am not ashamed…

Growing up in an active Christian community in Wisconsin was a blessing.  In the Midwest it wasn't cool to be a Christian. You either were or you weren't, there was little, if any, middle ground or grey area. I don't remember ever being picked on or ostracized for my faith, but there was something dependable in knowing … Continue reading I am not ashamed…

Women of Acts: Series Introduction

One of my passions over the last twenty-five years has been studying and teaching the women of the Bible. Did you know there are 180 women named in the Bible and 200+ other women referred to as someone’s wife, daughter, etc.? I have had the privilege of speaking to women's groups and Bible studies, as well as … Continue reading Women of Acts: Series Introduction

Encouragement from the Woman with the Issue of Blood

I've suffered from chronic and invisible illnesses since I was a teenager. Migraines at 15, endometriosis at 17, back issues thanks to a car accident in college, Crohn's Disease and Anylosing Spondylitis in my 20s, and then strokes which are probably symptomatic of a larger neurological disorder in my late 30s. I have frustrated family, … Continue reading Encouragement from the Woman with the Issue of Blood

What if Jesus were on Twitter?

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act like a christianWhat if Jesus were on Twitter? What would He be saying?

I started thinking about this after a conversation with my best friend. She was telling me about this blog about Digital Pharisees, and I think it’s a good question to ask. That blog focuses more on examining ourselves and avoiding pride, but my conversation with my friend took a different turn. I’m not disagreeing with the Digital Pharisee blog, by the way; I think he made a lot of good points. But where I really started thinking was about how we use Facebook or Twitter as a platform to shout our beliefs and don’t take the time to get to know someone or build relationships.

My friend told me about a status update she saw recently where someone loudly proclaimed they aren’t ashamed of their beliefs and anyone who doesn’t like that can just unfriend them now. I’m…

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New Conversation Among Baptists About Mental Illnesses

Mental illness is getting a lot of press time due to the tragic shootings and high-profile suicides lately. This tends to be a delicate topic since so little is known or understood about the many forms of mental illness. Our society has, until very recently, avoided talking about or dealing with this issue. The Southern … Continue reading New Conversation Among Baptists About Mental Illnesses