13 Reasons the Resurrection impacts your life

Resurrection Sunday is just around the corner. Millions of people differ on this one important belief: did Jesus actually rise from the dead? Belief in the resurrection of Christ separates religions and cultures, many at personal risk of relationships, livelihood, and...

Preparing for the Storms of Life

Plan ahead. Prepare for things you don’t expect. These are the seeds of wisdom I’ve sprinkled on people for the last 25 years of ministry so they don’t find themselves blindsided by life’s trivial and serious handiwork. I shovel advice like nobody’s business....

Handling disappointment at Christmas

Are you ever disappointed at Christmas? I don’t mean by what you unwrap (you can return just about anything). I mean are you ever disappointed with the Christmas experience? Have you hoped to connect emotionally with someone in your family, only to feel...

How compassion wrecks me

Next Tuesday, my husband and I are scheduled to leave for Ethiopia, where our missions team should do construction, teach, and minister in the town of Debre Birhan, near the capital of Addis Ababa. The area has changed dramatically over the 10 years that our church...

Grief sucks

Grief sucks. Yes, I just said that. So you know I’m going to be honest here. This has been a really hard week. Grief is like that sometimes. Those who grieve will take small comfort in knowing that even for nice, spiritual people, every day doesn’t end in...

Grace: how to get it and why it will change you

“Grace?” I picture Elaine Benice, from Seinfeld, scrunching up her face in the episode where she meets Mr. Pitts, who has noticed her startling resemblance to Jackie O. “You think I have grace?“ Of course not. But then neither do I, most of the...