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Just Help Them Breathe

Just Help Them Breathe

Call me crazy but I’m a parent who tries to give her kids as much breathing room as responsibly possible. I’m finding that even after every attempt I’ve made to step back and give space for my kids to figure out and be whoever it is they are, they are still suffocating under a weight of pressure. There is no escaping law in this life, try as we may to fight it, it will find each of us and with…

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Millennials and the Church of the Disillusioned Evangelical

Millennials and the Church of the Disillusioned Evangelical

Whenever someone attempts to introduce a radically different insight to people whose minds have been formed by an old and well-worked-out way of thinking, he or she is up against an obstacle….hence the teacher’s problem: if he leaves in his teaching a single significant scrap of the old system, they, by their very effort to understand, will go to that scrap rather than to the point he is making and, having done that, will understand the new insofar as it…

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Exposing Failure, Lifting Burdens

Exposing Failure, Lifting Burdens

Shoulders slumped over, wild brown hair hung over her glasses, like a barrier trying to conceal the tears welling up in her eyes.  “I’m so sorry, mom.” The words came out soft and cracked. My heart was overwhelmed with a sense of sadness for her. I hate being exposed, I knew all too well how she was feeling. She pressed her hands into the counter and gave her slender frame a little push down, her feet lightly touching the kitchen…

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My Life Is Now Forever Yours

My Life Is Now Forever Yours

A little blonde girl stood perfectly still in a beautiful white dress, tears streaming down her soft pink cheeks, falling gently into a basket filled with petals. She quietly watched as a man made lifelong vows to her mother. Vows that would forever change the course of her own little life. These words that poured from his lips would mean the end of her fatherless existence. It would be the end of the “about me” posters at school with pictures…

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Brain Theatre Presents: "Fear and the Death of Me"

Brain Theatre Presents: "Fear and the Death of Me"

Events in my personal life often hand me balcony seat tickets to watch Faith’s understudy, Fear, perform at Brain Theatre. Fear is a clever, high maintenance actress who shows up with great eagerness to dominate my life’s stage. While she’s incredibly talented and seasoned, she is also deeply insecure; she never shows up alone. When Fear takes center stage, she always brings with her a few props for safety: anger, doubt, and anxiety. Fear projects her voice from behind these…

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A Free Drink for the Parched

A Free Drink for the Parched

“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Heb 10:23) In a world full of bad news, the one place that we should be able to retreat and finally be washed over with a good word, is the church. There are some scattered pastors who are faithful to God’s two words, Law and Gospel, every Sunday. They don’t attempt to remove shame by removing the Law completely nor do they…

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Breaking Bad, Beaver Dams, and eh… Friendship?

Breaking Bad, Beaver Dams, and eh… Friendship?

I have been binge watching Breaking Bad and finally finished up the series last night. Yes, fashionably late — per usual. If you’ve seen the series, you realize that Jesse Pinkman loves Walter White, deeply. He loves him even though he sees exactly what kind of monster he is, and while he fears that he may lose his own life in the hands of this madman, he can’t bring himself to end his life first. We are made to question…

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The Trinitarian Bash In Central Park

The Trinitarian Bash In Central Park

There are moments, sweet spaces in time, where the worries and pains of this life melt away — we find ourselves caught up in the hope of a world that is, and that is still yet to come. We are taken back by the beauty of the here and now, something tangible that both delights us in the present and simultaneously catapults us into wonder of the perfected future version that is ours and will be ours, secured by Christ…

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Unsettled Yet Reconciled

Unsettled Yet Reconciled

It seems as though we escape from some sort of issue or drama, barely catch our breath, only to find a new undertow of issues that sneak up, pull us under, and violently roll us on the sandbar of life. We flail about, helplessly, desperate to find the surface in time so that we don’t suffocate on the pain and anxiety of it all. And that’s just the “basic American” problems of life… Add people to that mix and we…

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Two Santa's: Law and Gospel

Two Santa's: Law and Gospel

I recently tagged along with my BFF who was hired as the photographer for a high-end, two day “Breakfast with Santa” event. The venue hired a different Santa for each day and the contrast between the two of them could not have been more stark. The first Santa was amazingly charming. Definitely not your typical “mall type” Santa. He was completely invested in his role all the way down to his beard and reindeer – He showed me pictures between visitors….

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