Christian LifeLeadership
March 20, 2019

3 Lessons Learned by Mall Walking

I found a new tribe! It was a Saturday and it was cold. I MEAN COLD! I fully intended to go for a run near my office. I got dressed….

Christian Life
March 18, 2019

How to Overcome Anxiety [Part 1]

Anxiety has now surpassed depression as the most common mental health diagnosis among college students, though depression, too, is on the rise. More than 1/2 of students visiting campus clinics cite anxiety as…

Faith
March 17, 2019

To Know God is to Love Him

[This is Part 3 of a larger piece entitled, “An Inquiry into The Incompatibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a Religious, Performance-Based Psychology”] [CLICK HERE FOR PART 1]…

Family Life
March 14, 2019

What I Learned About Grief from Mary Poppins

If you haven’t seen Mary Poppins Returns yet, make plans to do so! No, it is not as good as the original (how could you top that!), but the message and whimsy…

Calling
March 14, 2019

Shift Your Focus

The new year has only just begun, and with it a new semester of graduate school. As it always seems to go with new beginnings, I’ve been spending a lot…

Christian Life
March 13, 2019

How Jesus Centric Communication Makes Us Better Friends

The CNN headline read, “Loneliness Peaks at Three Key Ages, Study Finds – But Wisdom May Help.” We are all well-aware that our culture is suffering from an epidemic of…

Faith
March 10, 2019

The Gospel Changes Your Mind

[This is Part 2 of a larger piece entitled, “An Inquiry into The Incompatibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a Religious, Performance-Based Psychology”] [CLICK HERE FOR PART 1]…

Bite Size TheologyFriendship
March 11, 2019

A (Long Overdue) Bite Size Theology Introduction

Last October, you all may have noticed a new edition to the Everyday Exiles Podcast Network: Bite Size Theology. It was recently brought to my attention that no one really…

Culture
March 9, 2019

How My Smartphone is Replacing God

Modern technology is an intriguing monster. What exactly was life like pre-Smartphone/laptops/social media/Google/instant answers to burning questions?? Raising children within the brackets of the information age has squeezed me just…

Reviews
March 7, 2019

REVIEW: The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

What were you doing at 13? Many of us, our bodies entrenched in the chaos of puberty, were professional eye rollers. Discovering rebellion for the first time, we’d roll our…

Christian Life
March 6, 2019

Living Forward into the New Earth

“You’re so heavenly minded, you’re no earthy good!” This is one sadly deceptive statement. The idea is that our minds are so fixed on heaven and the afterlife, we aren’t…

Christian Life
March 5, 2019

When You Just Can’t Pray

If there’s one thing we’re taught to do as Christians—when life looks bleak, when we’re anxious or afraid, when we can’t think of doing anything else—it is to pray. Prayer…

Christian Life
March 5, 2019

Road Trip

I just drove from North Carolina to Florida and back in a weekend. I just got home. I’m pooped. We drove down there for a conference. The dress for the…

Christian LifeYou're Invited
March 4, 2019

Totally Overwhelmed

Sometimes, I finally get to sit down near the end of the day, and a thought forms, slowly, disjointedly: I think I have too much on my plate.  Raise your hand,…

Faith
March 3, 2019

Can You Earn the Gospel of Jesus?

[This is Part 1 of a larger piece entitled, “An Inquiry into The Incompatibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a Religious, Performance-Based Psychology”] Introduction A performance mentality breeds…

Family Life
March 1, 2019

His Ways Are Higher

Our {Crazy, Amazing, Unexpectedly Beautiful} Story Michael and I met 8 years ago in Mangshi, a relatively small town in Yunnan, China. He and his wife, Caroline, were part of…

Family Life
March 1, 2019

Imperfect. Beautiful.

“It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” This quote caught my eye at a friend’s house recently and continues to echo through my mind. You see, my natural bent…

Family Life
March 1, 2019

Second Mom Firsts

As a “second mom” (which I prefer to “stepmom”, a term that conjures evil Cinderella villains), I’m very conscious that I’ve missed a lot. First steps, first words…so many milestones….

Friendship
February 28, 2019

Gospel Communities. Life Groups. Cell Groups. Bible Studies.

Every church I’ve ever attended has had weekly small groups, where members come together to study the Word and experience life together. This concept of coming together around a common…

Christian Life
February 28, 2019

#INFLUENCERS

Lately it seems like most people I know want to be insta-famous. I get the appeal. There is the undeniable opportunity to make money, and to establish a serious platform…

Christian LifeYou're Invited
February 27, 2019

Beneath the Surface

I set a goal this year to read/listen through the Bible in a year. After many failed attempts in years past, I have made it through Genesis and Exodus so…

CultureYou're Invited
February 27, 2019

Saying Yes to a No

It happens every year. I always think it won’t affect me. But it does. In some way. To some degree. What is it, you ask? Valentine’s Day. It was last…

Christian Life
February 19, 2019

First Meeting

Last week I went to Alcoholics Anonymous for the first time. What do you say after a sentence like that? I feel pressure to qualify it somehow. Like, listen. I’m…

Culture
February 14, 2019

Christ Has Always Been Light

I love a good object lesson. I’d like to think that’s part of how God made me. If you take a quick look at Jesus’ ministry, and add up all…