Release Day! The new NIV Bible for Women

This is kind of a big day. Zondervan has released a new NIV Bible for Women. Nestled between the text of Scripture, readers will find articles and devotionals that offer “fresh insights for thriving in today’s world.” Contributors include several prominent leaders of today, such as Margaret Feinberg, Rachel Held Evans, Christine …

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A subtle sneak in the backdoor

I don’t want to startle anyone, so I’ll just whisper a quick little “Hello.” It has been almost three months since my last blog post. I’ll not apologize and I certainly don’t feel guilty. It has been a wonderful season, centered on my family and on rest and … I’ve …

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Defining White Privilege

Having been raised below the poverty line by a single mom, I often eschew the concept of “white privilege.” It’s not that I deny it exists; I just haven’t seen much of it in my life. My childhood was not one of privilege. We had food stamps and free school …

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Why we don’t need more missionaries

When I was 21 I lived in war-torn Bosnia. I spent three months there working with the UNHCR (United Nations Head Commissioner for Refugees) on behalf of my sending organization. (It was UFM International at the time, but now goes by the name CrossWorld.) Military teams escorted me through and around …


When Lies Hold You Captive

It seems silly to find personal insight and challenging truths in an animated flick about a girl with magic, glowing hair, but — that’s just what happened. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” I think he was right. I’ve been going through a desert of …

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