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

Turning our faith into hope

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Keri's Soul, social justice, spiritual formation | 5 comments

Turning our faith into hope

Last Sunday, walking into church, I noticed a couple of temporary pens in the front yard, where goats and sheep, bunnies and chickens, and more than a few children, milled about. Huh, I thought. That’s new. In the lobby, a variety of booths and displays showed water filtration systems, community garden plots and more in a street fair type atmosphere. Each display was manned by volunteers eager to tell us about the work various ministry partners do around the globe to improve the plight of the poor. Also new this year: peace-keeping booths,...

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How to get more out of reading the Bible

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in bible literacy, Keri's Soul, pace of life, spiritual formation, Uncategorized | 2 comments

How to get more out of reading the Bible

When we’re really familiar with the Bible, it can seem a bit dry, or overly familiar. We miss out on a chance to encounter God. Two practices can help us: slowing down, and digging deeper. I’ve got a guest article running today on a new site that I just love, PracticingFaith.com, created by my friend Dale Hanson Bourke, a writer, theologian, and activist. She asked me to write something super practical, something that people can do to practice their faith. The article offers some tools for studying the Bible, some very practical...

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Why girls need feminist dads

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in parenting, women, women in the church | 14 comments

Why girls need feminist dads

Our 21-year-old daughter called my husband’s cell phone one evening last week. “Dad, I’m on a quick break during class but I wanted to ask you: do you self-identify as a feminist?” “Well, yes, I would say that I do,” he said. “What do you think that means?” she countered. “I believe that women should have equal opportunities and get equal pay for equal work. Why?” In a comparative politics class at her Christian university, the male professor had asked the students the same question. About 75 percent of the female students raised their hands,...

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in character, Keri's Soul, spiritual formation, theology | 1 comment

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Just want to share two things. The first made me sad. This week, after writing an article about the inappropriate nature of Jewish jokes, a writer friend of mine was attacked by people who hate Jews via the interwebs. The vicious troll comments, the reviews of her article by hate groups–it’s crazy. I won’t post any links their crap, but anti-Semitism is still alive and kicking, here and around the world. This troubles me greatly–people so devoted to hatred. Do you hate anyone? You...

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Running toward freedom

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in fitness, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Running toward freedom

Where does a mom go, when she finally gets the courage to leave an abusive marriage? When that woman has finally had enough, and gathers her courage and few of her possessions and flees, where can she go? Where does a single mom go when she’s lost and afraid and alone? For many women, even if they have a job, the answer is simply: nowhere. The risks for women fleeing domestic violence with children are high: they often end up homeless, or living with friends, or trying to navigate a maze of social services that might put a roof over...

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Launching today: A Powerful Story

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in A Powerful Story, Authors, books, content | 4 comments

Launching today: A Powerful Story

Success depends, in part, on not just providing a great product or a necessary service, but on letting people know about those products or services. In other words, you’ve got to tell your story. You need to get the word out there in order to build a business, ministry, or non-profit organization. The hard part is, you’re so busy doing the work you do, you don’t have time (or expertise) to tell your story. That’s why I’m delighted to announce the launch of A Powerful Story, my new writing services business. After years of...

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Taking it to the streets on Good Friday

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Deeply Loved Lent study, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Taking it to the streets on Good Friday

Most Good Fridays, I go to my suburban church where I watch a service that is beautiful, moving, tear-jerking at times. It has been planned out for months, every note of music carefully scripted, every video meticulously edited, the sermon exactingly prepared and powerfully delivered. It is always excellent. And yet, I can attend, watch, and come away feeling I’ve seen a really good, thought-provoking performance. I can choose to keep emotional distance. (This is not the fault of our amazing programming team, or anyone else. I take full...

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What do you want?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in books, Deeply Loved Lent study, faith | 2 comments

What do you want?

Our DeeplyLoved Lent series is drawing to a close. We’ve got just a few more days until Easter. Today is Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. Traditionally, it’s the day we remember Jesus and his disciples sharing the Last Supper, and Jesus’ selfless service of washing their feet. We remember his agonized prayers in the garden of Gethsemane. Our reading today reminds us of the generous nature that Christ had, even in the light of his own impending suffering. When interrupted by two blind men beside the road, Jesus...

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Opening the gift of the present

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Opening the gift of the present

What do you think of when you hear the words, “fully present”? Present means to be here. When you were in school, maybe your teachers took attendance. Students would respond to their name by saying, “Here,” even if they wished they were elsewhere, or were indeed elsewhere in their thoughts. Some would say, “Present.” It means you are physically in a space. But to be fully present (not just physically) means so much more. To be fully present sounds redundant: how could you be halfway or even three-quarters...

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Why the Psalms are in the Bible

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in bible literacy, books, Deeply Loved Lent study | 0 comments

Why the Psalms are in the Bible

My friend Jen is Episcopal, and the girl knows her way around The Book of Common Prayer –a book I never even heard of until I was in college. I’m vaguely jealous of her familiarity with this wonderful resource. My thoroughly evangelical upbringing emphasized just talking to God like a friend, and I somehow got the idea that written prayers were somehow less meaningful, and in fact, frowned upon. That was a theological flaw in my heritage, it’s now clear to me. In my church, we studied the Psalms. We analyzed and memorized...

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