Blessed are the fringe-dwellers.

Jesus’ time on earth was book-ended by two seminal events: his birth and resurrection. Lately, I’ve been mulling over the wild and weighty implications of the fact that he chose to first announce both to the most unlikely people imaginable: his birth to shepherds, and his … [Read more...]

When the Church is surprised by Piper. [What is a woman worth?]

Last week, John Piper spoke out against women teaching in seminaries. People rose up. Of course they did. I’ve been so heartened to see a groundswell stand against the sheer absurdity of saying that a woman shouldn’t teach Greek translation—and more profoundly, that men won’t … [Read more...]

Jesus Raged.

When someone that you fiercely love dies, the calendar becomes a minefield. You learn to clumsily tiptoe around explosions of grief, shattered again and again as you unearth new depths of loss. You grit your teeth and lurch forward as you absorb the splitting ache of birthdays … [Read more...]

Burn the Capes: A Plea for Authenticity

Can I tell you the single most encouraging thing that anyone has ever told me about marriage? I was a newlywed sitting at a friend’s kitchen table, without the foggiest idea of what a honeymoon phase might look like. Kellan and I had made a violent crash landing into “I do” in … [Read more...]

A Word to the Church After the Election.

    Elmina Castle is a popular tourist stop in the African country of Ghana, with a dark history. Elmina Castle was one of the biggest trading posts for slaves in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade centuries ago. It is estimated that over 30,000 slaves were held … [Read more...]

On the Season of Perpetual Hope.

Growing up in Eastern Europe, I spent a lot of time in old, Gothic churches dripping with concrete saints and steeples that spiraled endlessly up towards the sky. I’ve learned to squint and search for the sketches of faded frescoes tucked away behind the altar, and grown to love … [Read more...]