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Commander of the Storm

  Our new home state was recently hit by a natural disaster. It seemed as though an ocean had upended: rain poured, rivers overflowed and deluges ran down mountains. Flood waters rose in homes, eroded concrete streets, leaving behind destruction and hurting people. It takes but a few days of a storm to decimate man-made […]

We Can’t “Progress” Beyond the Bible

I’ve recently read a few articles by authors who claim to have outgrown what they refer to as “American Christianity”. Generally this perspective is taken by those who consider themselves Progressive Christians, believing they have progressed beyond the faith they were taught within the American church. It seems essential to define the term “American Christianity”, […]

Marriage: So Much More Than a Partnership

My husband recently matched into a residency program on the other side of the country, far from the area I have considered home the entirety of my short life. The Pacific Northwest, with its mountains kissing ocean, its gloomy rain and gloomier culture, has shaped my childhood and most of my adulthood. The enormity of […]

Easter is Kind of a Big Deal

Holiday celebrations are one of my favorite parts of being a parent. With our sons getting older we get to set the tone for each holiday, choosing our traditions, and teaching our boys how to celebrate with feasting, giving, and all-out joy. In December we spent a month in preparation for the celebration of Christmas. […]

Can We Know Jesus Without the Church?

I have a terrible habit of interrupting people. We’re part of a small group through our church that meets once a week, and I often get carried away and inevitably fail to remind myself not to speak over someone. It’s a selfish and prideful habit, stemming from thinking too highly of myself, as though what […]