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Really Seeing Abigail: Brains before Beauty


Women are more than their outward appearance, yet are women admired more for their beauty or for their brains? How many compliments do you hear in regards to a woman’s intelligence? How often do you hear someone comment—positively or negatively—about a woman’s appearance? We live in a world in which, despite their qualifications, women are … Continue reading Really Seeing Abigail: Brains before Beauty

When the Happiest Days Become the Hardest


  Today is my brother’s birthday. Nick would have been 44 today. This is the third birthday without Nicky, and I really miss our yearly birthday calls. This is one of those days that I find myself teary-eyed and sad. In all honesty, I will probably have to occasionally stop and wipe my eyes so … Continue reading When the Happiest Days Become the Hardest

Seeing Graduation from the Margins of Disability


It is May. I am rejoicing, and I am overwhelmed. For me, the month of May this year is like the oft-quoted beginning of A Tale of Two Cities: it is the best of times; it is the worst of times—at least emotionally it is. My son is graduating from high school and I am … Continue reading Seeing Graduation from the Margins of Disability

A Day to Weep: The Grief of Good Friday


After Jesus is arrested, Peter is secretly following Jesus to see what is happening. Scripture shows that fear dictates Peter’s responses when Peter is accused of knowing Jesus and traveling with him. Peter adamantly denies knowing Jesus, not once, but three times. “Immediately, while he [Peter] was still speaking, a rooster crowed. The Lord turned … Continue reading A Day to Weep: The Grief of Good Friday

Love Leads to Holiness: Reconciling our Walks


The second sermon in my Summer of Love series is about holiness. The church is called to be a holy people. As God is love, so God is holy, and for the same reason too. Holiness is loving God and others as God loves us. God is love because God is Triune, and God is … Continue reading Love Leads to Holiness: Reconciling our Walks

God is Love because God is Triune


  Two weeks ago, I began my Summer of Love preaching series. To speak of love, means we must speak of God, for God is love. God is not a spiritual being filled-up with love, love is who God is. In essence God is love means that love does not exist without God. Why is this so? … Continue reading God is Love because God is Triune

Defeating Smaug: What Supporting Women in Ministry Really Means


“Look, I know you doubt me, I know you always have. And you’re right . . . I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my armchair, and my garden. See, that’s where I belong, that’s home. That’s why I came back . . .’cause you don’t have one, a home. It … Continue reading Defeating Smaug: What Supporting Women in Ministry Really Means