When ISIS Sounds Like the Church

Like everybody else, I’m scared to death of ISIS. I’m sure some of what I feel is that old knee jerk reaction bred in my generation by the Cold War, but some… Continue reading right here

Friend Friday: Clarissa

I prayed for wives for our sons who would love them and love Jesus. Period. And God answered beyond my wildest dreams. But I did not pray that they would be my… Continue reading right here

What White Christians Need to Hear About Ferguson

There are so many things we love about our church, Blueprint: the people, of course, but also the articulate voices. So it’s a privilege to add mine to the mix today. Thanks,… Continue reading right here

How Being Late Can Be Good For Your Marriage

There’s a secret code between lovers. Bill and I have a few acronyms known only to us, hieroglyphics dashed off on the edge of his journal during church or at the top… Continue reading right here

The Lie Every Parent Believes

At least once, but most likely a thousand times, parents believe things will never change. This starts early. I breastfed all of our boys the “standard” amount of time for my generation… Continue reading right here

One Way to Sabotage Love

Sometimes there is so much naivety in a room it’s hard to think straight. Especially if the room is full of twenty-something seminary students. In a Baptist church in Texas. On a… Continue reading right here

A Long Way Off: Chapter Five

“Oh Lord, make him behave today,” I cried at 7:50 a.m. as I stealthily slid our van away from school. In a paranoia born of my own pain I sensed everyone’s eyes… Continue reading right here

When Your Husband Doesn’t Know What to Say (Or: You Have to Wait a Few Years For the Epic Conversations)

When men don’t have anything to say, they say nothing. And we, the women in their lives who fancy ourselves finely tuned social creatures who always know what to say, get angry… Continue reading right here

Sex, God, and the Single Life

I know first hand a little of what it takes to get a book published. In fact, the near impossibility today of getting a publisher’s attention unless you are a household name… Continue reading right here

A Mother’s Confession To Her Prodigal

Dear Son, It’s been over five years since the night that hallmarked, to me at least, your return from the far country. Historians surely lessen epic turning points when they plot them… Continue reading right here

Magical Mystery Tour

This is not a photography-driven blog. And most days I’m fine with that. But when my friend Tina from The Long Farewell sent me pictures from the afternoon we spent together in… Continue reading right here

Three Reasons I’d Rather Die Than Have Faith

At the end of my junior year of high school, I won—uncontested—the role of Tennessee Student Government Corresponding Secretary. My fellow officers and I got to skip school from time to time,… Continue reading right here

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