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It’s Here!

It’s Here!

This week my minibook, Women and Lust: Exposed, Forgiven, and Embraced, was released! It’s exciting, surreal, and a little scary to put myself out there with this sort of confession. It began with a blog post that I wrote three years ago, Confessing Your Skeletons, and after countless discussions with friends, and some prodding, I submitted a book proposal to my friends at Key Life. Within a few hours, they came back and were fully supportive of the project and sent…

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You Were Not Proud (John 8)

You Were Not Proud (John 8)

Oh, friends. It is with a tear stained face that I am introducing you to Rachel Cohen. Full disclosure, I admit to you that I am no longer a fan of “Christian music”. This is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Because this is art. This is event. John 8 is a passage that has always been deeply personal for me. I’ve written narrative of my own encounter with it, that I’ll post in a couple of days. This is Rachel’s…

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It’s OK To Let Her Cry: A Father’s Day Post

It’s OK To Let Her Cry: A Father’s Day Post

Slumped over in a chair next to an empty glass, weeping uncontrollably, as the aroma of vodka filled the air. “Are you okay?” The words hit me like the final wave, ending the life of a tiny boat caught in a giant typhoon. I was holding on for dear life, but that question proved to be my brink. I was far from being okay. It was the Saturday before Father’s day. Father’s day. I’ve always hated that damn day. For…

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Affairs Don’t Start with Texts

Affairs Don’t Start with Texts

Don’t do in private what you wouldn’t do in public. It’s an important message. If we took it to heart, our communities would be better off. Conversation Doesn’t Equate to Infidelity It’s not helpful to assume that conversation between a woman and a man leads to sex. Would there be less sex if men and women didn’t talk? Perhaps. But while we’re stoking the fear that conversation leads to fornication, are there other values we should consider? Are we really…

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Only the Truth Can Set Us Free #BlackLivesMatter

Only the Truth Can Set Us Free #BlackLivesMatter

“Mom, she was so hurt and embarrassed that she didn’t even show up to school the next day!” I sat across from my daughter, in the middle of her bed, and listened quietly as huge tears ran down her cheeks and her chest heaved with grief. We were discussing the implications of this election and why it matters in her twelve-year-old-world. It came as no surprise to me that my daughter fully understood racism and that she’s been actively fighting…

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People want a hero. People need Jesus.

People want a hero. People need Jesus.

For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men? What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.… Jesus started his ministry with a band of misfits, mostly comprised of common fishermen. There was nothing incredibly special about these men that would be attention grabbing, nor was…

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The Stones Will Cry Out

The Stones Will Cry Out

 A Commentary on Sexual Abuse in the Evangelical Church by Sarah Taras and Marci Preheim Both Sarah and I (Marci) have found ourselves in the seat of advocacy for abuse victims. Neither of us sought these roles. They found us. We have discovered that exposing abuse can be a dangerous business as it directs abuse away from victims and onto whistle-blowers. But if giving a voice to abuse victims is a way to help carry their burdens (Gal 6:2), we…

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"Boast in your weakness, just need Me"

"Boast in your weakness, just need Me"

Pressure had been building like steam in a tea kettle all morning long. Piles of dishes from the night before, missing shoes, children who won’t get out of bed, who won’t eat breakfast, who don’t answer when I call to them. Steam. Building. And then….Where’s Ezra? I open the back door. A once clean, blonde haired, blue eyed boy standing in the middle of his sandbox covered in mud. That’s all it took. The absolute last straw of the morning….

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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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A look back at 2015 and a big Thanks!

A look back at 2015 and a big Thanks!

Last fall, I remember having this urge to break free from my “Taras family blog”. To me, that blog began as a way to hide behind my husband’s legs so that I felt like I had a right to speak. Over the course of 2014, grace had done it’s work — freeing me from that mindset, I no longer had a desire to publish on my “mommy blog”. I had found my voice that I wasn’t afraid to stand on my own…

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