I’m Sorry, I C...

Dear whoever you are church member, This past week you probably felt somewhat confused and hurt when I told you in no uncertain terms that I would not be able to commit to praying for you after you shared your struggles with me. Now, I did pray with you after we talked about your situation and...

Redeeming the Friend...

Don’t ever condemn someone to the “friend zone.” If you do, that person will become a stripper. That’s the moral of the stage musical Rock of Ages, which some of my co-bloggers and I caught during a weekend trip to Las Vegas last month. The first act launches a love story between Drew,...

Blood on my Hands

When I heard that we were receiving communion as a church staff, I was thankful.  I needed it.  I was wearied from two stressful weeks of constant ministry. Lots of counseling, lots of planning, lots of situations in which I had no idea what to do.  I was tired.  That morning, it had taken...

The Butthead Prayer

This past weekend, our youth ministry began a series exploring the ins and outs of worship.  As a way to ease into the series, our middle schoolers (5th-8th) spent Sunday morning practicing prayer through the acronym PRAY (praise, repent, ask, yourself).  The students progressed to different...

Wandering Minds

As I settled into the book of Deuteronomy this evening for a little devotional reading, I was taken aback by the following verses: “Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt,...

Remote Control

If you happened to be sitting between rows 24 and 27 on the American Airlines flight from San Antonio to Dallas last Sunday, you might have heard the following rhyme playing repeatedly during the 38 minute flight: I’ve got a remote/ and I’m ready to roll/ making things happen/ ‘cause...

Ten Reasons Why I HATE Santa and You Should Too Dec25

Ten Reasons Why I HA...

About the author: Lindsey has a BA in Sociology from Cedarville University and a MA in Education (math) from the University of Colorado.  After having taught 5th grade for four years, she currently stays at home and spends her days wrangling three toddlers while anxiously waiting for the...

The Slavery of God

I used to believe that all evangelical theologians were a gift from God. This is what my Reformed background taught me. My honest confession in this short piece is that I no longer believe that. In fact, evangelical seminaries and Bible schools are turning out a great number of men and women...

Being the Answer

Sometimes in life we have the opportunity to be something especially beautiful: we have the opportunity to be the answer to someone’s prayer. I was staying at a friend’s house one night, and we were sitting together watching TV when I got a call from my sister. She was sad and overwhelmed...

The Illusion of Exceptionalism Sep26

The Illusion of Exce...

Let me say, by way of full disclosure, that this will not be an exploration of American Exceptionalism when it comes to foreign policy decisions. While I do believe that what I have to say is a reason why a larger version of American Exceptionalism exists, I don’t think what I am talking...

Musings from the Bal...

“Your love never fails. It never gives up. It never runs out on me.”* I stood, watching a gym full of hundreds of college students, singing these words of praise and truth. Arms-raised, dancing, clapping, and shouting – I admired their passion. The pulsing drums, the rocking guitars,...