The Gospel isn’t a Thing Anymore

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Recently we sat down with a ministry couple we have a deep appreciation for. We all expressed concern that the gospel we were taught isn’t the same gospel Jesus preached. Then a few days ago, I was invited to speak on the urgency of the gospel. Those words “urgency of the gospel” instantly sparked this […]

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For the Love of Pickled Limes

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Two years ago our family spent a month in Jerusalem. It was the longest stretch I’d spent there since my infancy, the fulfillment of a life-long dream, and a tragic disappointment. We arrived just as a new wave of violence erupted. We heard the sirens when a nearby synagogue was attacked. The door of our […]

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Forget Jerusalem

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“How can we sing the LORD’S song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.” An impossibly thin silver chain […]

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The Cloud

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For several months, a cloud followed me everywhere, and darkened every sky above me. Which was strange, because the cloud was thousands of miles from anywhere I’d ever stood. Still it did cover me, awake or asleep. It was a cloud of ash, born out of a volcano I’d never seen. We’d been invited to […]

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Fool for Love

What’s your superpower? I always struggled to figure out that one thing I was ridiculously good at. It sounds selfish, and maybe it is…a little. Mostly that desire was born out of a much deeper desire to bring God’s kingdom. I’m still settling in to this realization: my superpower is letting my heart be broken, […]

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I Was the Other Woman

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Imagine someone built a luxurious home on an upscale lake shore property and gave it to you outright. How would you respond? What would prevent you from enjoying such an extravagant gift? Recently our family stayed in a house like that. When we drove up oooo-ing and ahhh-ing, we had no idea this stately historic […]

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The Law of the Thief

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We all know why he came. Kill. Steal. Destroy. And yet somehow when it happens to us, when the thief ruptures our reality, we can’t help but feel surprised. There’s something about it that makes us catch our breath. Maybe it’s because we associate being children of God so strongly with being protected. If there’s […]

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My Father’s Well

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Come with me to the Negev desert to visit a relative of mine. Issac has just inherited all of his father’s wealth. He’s heir to a blessing that extends across continents and across generations. Still, it’s a tenuous inheritance, and all the promises hang by a thread. That thread is water. If there’s no water, […]

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An Altar of Uncut Stone

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This summer I lived in my friends’ garage. It was both better and more awkward than it probably sounds. (For an explanation of our living situation and other details, you can read my friend Becky’s account of our summer here). We met them twice before they invited us to move in. We had enough money […]

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The Glory and the Launch

We’ve never met, but her song reverberates through my bones. I’d like to think we understand each other. She’s mentioned by name just twice in the Bible, but don’t let that fool you. Her legacy spans farther than those few paragraphs would lead you to believe. We know so little about her life, yet for […]

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