“No, I can’t take this…nope, not this either…nope, ya gotta haul this all away.” We thought for sure Goodwill would throw confetti, and trot out the welcome band for us. Not a chance. My husband Dave and I stood dumbfounded. We were in the process of helping one of our…

Schrodinger’s Cat, the Limits of the Possible, and Hope for Eternity

Thus, the only time we make the wrong decision is when we’re not thinking far enough ahead. In an infinity, we have both an infinite amount of future time to consider, but also an infinite amount of time to learn to think farther ahead.

The Not-So-Secret Evangelical Problem Exposed by the Atlanta Massage Parlor Murders

That’s the evangelical story of the purity culture generation. Thankfully it hasn’t always ended in gun violence, but it certainly produced lots of abuse and mistreatment, ruined relationships and marriages, and made a lot of people really unhealthy when it comes to sex.

Wife of Lot

Wife of Lot | Grace and Peace, Joanne The story of Lot’s wife is famous, retold countless times, important life lessons are drawn from the tragedies she experienced and the fateful decision she made in the last hour of her life. And even though we never learn her name, we…

Love in the Hard Times: Forth They Went Together

You know that feeling you get when you realize how dumb you were for having written something or someone off? Like when you try a food as an adult that you tried once and hated when you were three and you think, “Dang, I’ve been an idiot my whole life.”…

On Someone Yelling the N-Word in Public

So when someone uses the N-word, an apology really can’t be “enough,” but something does have to be “enough,” if we’re really working for the redemption and reconciliation of all people. I suspect, though, the “enough” is not something you can ever do after the fact; it’s work that needs to be done before.


Bathsheba had grown up admiring the handsome, charismatic king David. It had been an exhilarating time in Israel’s history, and her dad Eliam, one of David’s might men, had been all wrapped up in the thick of it, close with David ever since the young shepherd had been on the…

Reflection on Peace and Division

If we are committed to one another, to serving one another, to seeing and hearing each other as human beings – beloved children of God – then we can truly be about the business of making peace. Not a stalemate or a truce, but genuine community that’s won through the hard work of naming and facing our divisions.


Abigail’s story begins during a traditionally joyful time, the sheep shearing festival. Many guests had gathered, and there was much feasting. Abigail was well-known for her gracious hospitality, and all the tables were generously supplied. As the celebration wore into the evening, ten plainly dressed men entered the pavilion and…

Love in the Hard Times: The Temple

Hello, friends! It’s been quite a while since I’ve written. The past several months have run the gamut of grief and joy for me, and as my internal gauge bounced back and forth from one end to the other, it was difficult to have a sense of where exactly my…

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