I acknowledged my same-sex orientation in the middle of ninth grade. The clues had been present years before, of course. I distinctly remember my interest in the YMCA men’s locker room after 5th-grade swimming [...]
As I was browsing Facebook early in the morning, I came across an article covering the Wesco tragedy in Cameroon. This was the first I had heard of the news. Only a few weeks ago, a 44-year-old man named Charle[...]
One of my best friends began to pull back from friendships at church, dropped out of serving, and became obsessed with work and with his appearance. I feared for his marriage, wondering if he was involved in an[...]
I couldn’t believe it! It was a classmate’s birthday, and my friend and I had wanted to host a celebration in one of the lounges of our dorm. So while my friend baked two round layers of cake mix, I made a big [...]
September 11 is a day for remembering. As the Heartland Leadership Network’s first meeting of the Fall landed on that date, we reminisced about what ministry was like before 2001, considering how things have ch[...]
You know the feeling. You’re dashing out the door at the last minute and discover your car has a flat tire. You’re cleaning for house guests and there’s a power outage, leaving you with no water, much less the [...]
Transitions. It’s the one word which describes my life right now. My husband and I are house hunting, preparing for our first child in March, dealing with medical upheaval, working through a master’s program in[...]
I’ve seen hate before, but I could hardly believe the corrosive language pouring across my computer screen. The writer was venting on social media about the individual who had been nominated for the Supreme Cou[...]
I was just trying to start a conversation. When I asked the seventh-grader what her interests were, she answered, “Well, I’m not really good at anything.” Further discussion with her convinced me that she reall[...]
This month’s newsletter from the Equipping Church Network has been sent. It is included below. Are you in a church that is growing up? This question does not refer to numeric growth, but to spiritual mat[...]
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