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

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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The mothering God gives

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Christian feminism, empty nest, Keri's Soul, parenting, spiritual formation, theology, women, women in the church | 6 comments

The mothering God gives

Mother’s Day can be rough. If you’re childless but not by choice, if you recently lost your mom, if you have ever lost a child, Mother’s Day can simply hurt. If you’re in a mothering role, maybe for someone else’s child, it’s a day of conflicted emotion. A friend of mine is a foster mom with a very complicated situation, making Mother’s Day a tangly mess of joy and pain for both her and the kids. Sometimes, we have broken parts, missing pieces, jagged edges on Mother’s Day. We need someone to...

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What is “biblical femininity”?

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

There are few phrases that can stir up argument as readily as “biblical womanhood” or “biblical manhood.” Patriarchists particularly have used those words to define roles within hierarchy–telling women that the bible restricts their participation in the body of Christ. Laura, who blogs over at Enough Light, came across a book published by a local church in her state (South Carolina), entitled “Biblical Femininity.” Laura has tried to be diplomatic in her review, but notes “While Biblical...

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Two essentials for transformation

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in character, Keri's Soul, spiritual formation | 0 comments

Two essentials for transformation

Are people capable of change? Are you changing (for the better)? Am I? My books and teaching focus on spiritual transformation—that is, spiritual change. I’m prepping to speak later this week on transformation, how experiencing God’s deep love changes everything for us. A life of loving Jesus calls us to change: to become more like him, and less like our selfish selves. The Bible tells us to be transformed. It offers lots of advice on how that is to happen. It is not always easy. There are setbacks, challenges. We lose our way. Change comes...

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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 | 1 comment

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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