Risky transformation

Risky transformation

by Angela T. Khabeb A new calendar year often brings a fresh perspective with promises of a clean slate. We remember the past year and take inventory of successes and failures. We also look ahead with hope and anticipation of what will be. New Year’s resolutions abound. Our promises create a lovely tapestry. We vow […]

Advent: The season of illumination

Advent: The season of illumination

by Emily Anne Carson Advent is a season of illumination. We watch and wait to welcome the Light. The Light of Christ empowers us to see the world around us in new and braver ways. The Light radiates in such a way that we recognize reality without fear. It isn’t just the overtly happy parts […]

Let’s talk about debt, baby

Let’s talk about debt, baby

by Rozella Haydée White We talk about debt in the same ways we talk about sex. We either don’t talk about it at all, or we relegate it to hushed corners of shame. Debt and sex are two things that most people in this country have, yet the church rarely creates space to discuss them. […]

On 1 Corinthians 13

On 1 Corinthians 13

by Mary Button You know those songs everybody knows, but everybody knows only about 80% of the lyrics? Maybe you’ve been that person belting out the words to a song, up to that point where you just kind of hum or mumble along with the tune. For me, it happens even with hymns I’ve known […]

What Scripture says about God’s love

What Scripture says about God’s love

by Erin Strybis As far as Bible characters go, I’ve always identified more with Martha than Mary. In Luke 10:38-42, when Martha opens her home to Jesus and his disciples, I understand why she’s “distracted with many things.” The disciples were likely tired, smelly and a bit hangry from journeying alongside Jesus. Have you ever […]

What the Bible says about rejection

What the Bible says about rejection

by Becca Ehrlich There was a job that I wanted, and I even had a sense that God was calling me to it. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I got an interview. Colleagues and friends affirmed me, saying that my gifts and skills matched the job. I prayed about it, asking for God’s […]

Running from rest

Running from rest

by Elyssa Salinas Lazarski When I was in college, my parents got divorced. I remember running away from everything that could remind me that my world was breaking apart. Overcommitting myself with school and social life was just another way to stay too busy to think about the brokenness of my family and my new […]

What the Bible says about body image

What the Bible says about body image

by Jenna Pulkowski I have long struggled with my relationship with my body. It’s a relationship that on the best days is positive, on most days is apathetic and on the worst days is downright hateful. Scripture has a lot to say about bodies. From Genesis to Revelation, law and Gospel, prophets to Jesus, the […]

Holy witnesses to the resurrection

Holy witnesses to the resurrection

by Kristen Glass Perez In each of the four gospels, Mary Magdalene and other women are the first to arrive at the empty tomb of Jesus. They don’t expect it to be empty; they expect to prepare the body for proper burial. In this way, they show up as the people they are, ready to […]

Easter joy

Easter joy

by Ralen M. Robinson They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. (Luke 24:2-3) When my sister and I were little, we eagerly looked forward to spring–and Easter. Easter Sunday meant fluffy dresses, frilly white ankle socks, colored barrettes and shiny little white […]