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Spiritual encouragement for those seeking a deeper experience of God, from a writer passionate about making faith real.

What the Bible really says about women: Can women preach?

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in bible literacy, speaking, Uncategorized, women, women in the church | 10 comments

What the Bible really says about women: Can women preach?

First in an occasional series. “And afterward,     I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,     your old men will dream dreams,     your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women,     I will pour out my Spirit in those days. Joel 2:28-29 God’s vision for the church, proclaimed centuries before Pentecost, was that this body would exhibit radical equality. Discrimination on the basis of gender, age, or social status would be completely dismantled. Even young girls would...

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Xenophobia and philoxenia (or, what is biblical hospitality?)

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in hospitality, Keri's Soul, social justice, spiritual formation | 4 comments

Xenophobia and philoxenia (or, what is biblical hospitality?)

A common critique put on 21st Century Christians is that they are better known for what they are against, than what they are for. I don’t think this is true of all Christians–but the criticism has some merit. The recent Supreme Court decision on marriage equality brought out some strong statements of what some Christians oppose. I believe reasonable dialog on this important issue is necessary, and I am all for standing up for your convictions. I am sad that dialog seems to be characterized less by love and more by fear. There’s...

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Discovering your voice

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Christian feminism, speaking, spiritual formation, women | 2 comments

Discovering your voice

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split wide open.” Muriel Rukeyser, poet, feminist, political activist What does it mean to discover and use your voice? What does it look like to tell the truth about your life? How do we live a great story? Last Sunday, I sat at a well-appointed table in a high-rise apartment with a stunning view of Chicago, to talk about those very questions with an amazing group of women. I spoke at a meeting of Executive Jane, a women’s advisory group, made up of executive...

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Head of the household?

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in bible literacy, Christian feminism, spiritual formation, spiritual mentoring, theology, women, women in the church | 21 comments

Head of the household?

“Why did God make man the head of the household?” That question stared up at me from the study one of the men in our small group had written. We were discussing a chapter from C.S. Lewis’ classic, Mere Christianity, but also looking at Ephesians 5. Lewis echoes a popular sentiment (especially in his day) that in decision making, a couple should talk things over but if they cannot decide, the man should cast the deciding vote, since you can’t have a “majority vote” in a group of only two people. I’m a huge Lewis fan. I was an English major at...

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Why you need play as a spiritual practice

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Why you need play as a spiritual practice

“Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Jesus, in Matthew 11:30) Sunday, I sat on a porch swing under the shade of the deck, watching my 19 and 21 year olds rig our old scow with my husband, preparing for a Father’s Day sail across the lake. I’m delighted to have both kids home for the summer, after our spacious nest season during the school year. Every moment with them feels like a gift, a joy. I keep reminding...

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Why the life of faith needs questions

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Why the life of faith needs questions

Sometimes, I find that the life of faith has more questions than answers. Questions about the Bible and what it means, and how to live out our faith. Questions about how we treat people if we claim to be Jesus followers. Sometimes, we think questions somehow are wrong or show a weakness on our part. I don’t think so. I think the strongest faith is the one that allows room for doubt and questions to give it a workout now and then. Lately, I’ve had more questions than answers. Questions like: Is slavery biblical? Okay, I don’t for a...

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Doing things that are hard

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in A Powerful Story, empty nest, fitness, spiritual formation | 3 comments

Doing things that are hard

At about 3 a.m., I am running in a warm, foggy rain down a wooded path, somewhere just south of Racine, Wisconsin. My glasses are constantly fogging up (why did I think taking out my contacts at midnight was a good idea?). My headlamp, the only light available on this dark trail, is slipping down my forehead.  It is my third run in less than 24 hours. The first, a six-mile trek through the upscale neighborhoods of Madison along the shore of Lake Mendota at 6 a.m., was challenging only because of the early hour and occasional bursts of pouring...

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Three Bible Words That Might Surprise You

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in bible literacy, books, spiritual formation, spiritual mentoring, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Three Bible Words That Might Surprise You

Taking time each day to read the Bible can help us grow spiritually, and experience God’s love. Truth? I am sometimes tempted to skip this spiritual practice or hurry through it, because I think I’ve read it before. I’ve been reading the Bible since childhood–and for me, that’s a long time! But when I slow down, and take time to really dig into overly familiar words, I’m often surprised to learn something new. The word might not mean what I think it means at first glance. It might not mean what other people have...

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A Powerful Story is growing

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in A Powerful Story, freelance writing | 2 comments

A Powerful Story is growing

Have you ever thought of creating an ebook to market your company? I just wanted to share one of my recent ebook projects. I collaborated with Lauren Hunter, of churchtechtoday.com, to create an ebook for one of her clients. This “Technology Spotlight” book offers insights and tips on using technology wisely and well for children’s ministry check-in systems. You can get a free copy of the book here. I’m very excited about how it turned out. An ebook is an excellent marketing tool. By creating well-presented,...

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How you can help a single mom

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in fitness, parenting, social justice, spiritual formation | 1 comment

How you can help a single mom

Single moms have a far greater risk of financial crisis, including homelessness, than the average person. Single moms fleeing a violent or threatening partner, even more so. You may think–that’s too bad, but there’s nothing I can do about it. But you’d be incorrect in that thinking. You can do something, and it’s pretty simple. I’m doing something by running a 5K for Fellowship Housing. You can make a difference without even getting off the couch, by simply making a small donation to the team I’m...

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