Kingdom Uncaged

What happened to holiness?

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Holiness means set apart, to be different. But as I scan the landscape of the church, so often I see sameness with our culture. The divorce rate is the same. People are sleeping together before marriage without so much as a blink of conscience. You see Christians swindling others (one stole our house when we […]

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2017 Lenten Journey

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The past few years, I’ve created an art piece every day during Lent. It was my way of creatively focusing on Jesus in the days up until Easter. My husband and I host a Seder meal at the culmination of our collective Lenten journeys, and it’s full of rich imagery and amazing fellowship. Originally I […]

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We Can Differ, But We Can Also Be Kind

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There’s an older essay by David Aikman’s essay in Christianity Today entitled “Attack Dogs of Christendom: Is this how to bring grace and savor to a crumbling civilization?” The pull quote says it all: “No attribute of civilized life seems more under attack than civility.” Aikman’s article is about our infighting, how we as Christians […]

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Is the American Church about the Gospel?

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Recently, I remembered a piece I dissected in college, a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne entitled, “The Celestial Railroad.” It’s a parody, of serious sorts, about Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress, where in enlightened modern times, folks have taken to bypass such nonsense as a walking journey to the Celestial City in favor of a new railroad. […]

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A Crossless Christianity?

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Since when did Christianity become crossless? Jesus said, “Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me” Matt 10:38. He tells his disciples about the mystery of the seed, that unless it falls to the earth and dies, it won’t bear fruit. Bonhoeffer reminds us, “When Christ calls […]

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The Day I Met Jesus is on Sale! Yay!

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From now until October 9th, The Day I Met Jesus is on sale (ebook) for 99 cents! Hooray! (By the way, this is a great book to use for a 5-week Bible study, as there are built in questions for each chapter.) Get your Barnes and Noble nook copy here. Grab your Amazon kindle copy […]

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Restory Recap

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Honestly, I don’t know how to summarize Restory. I’m still a bit numb afterwards. This usually happens to me after a big event–I get sick and numb. And I am both today as I write this. When I pour myself out, I have little left in the aftermath. My dear family tells me to rest, […]

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You’re telling yourself the wrong story

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Confession: I’ve been telling myself the wrong story. (Have you done that too?) I am working on self-discipline in the way I eat, move, work and sleep. It’s been discouraging at times, and I can’t seem to get it all together. When I fail (oh that oat-bottomed brownie from the Simply Classic cookbook tasted like […]

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That Time I Expected Drudgery but Found a Surprise Instead

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This year my word is a bit sad and morose: subtraction. And to be honest, I prepared myself for a year of taking away, and that did not sound like roses and ponies and rainbows. Thankfully, I continue to learn that God is a surprising God who doesn’t act in ways we expect Him to. […]

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When Your Deceased Loved One Visits You in a Dream

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In the dream: stress. It was the kind of dream that kept going on and on and on, and the stress level mounted with each minute. I was younger, in college, and I had finished my coursework. I remember being very tired, having completed all the tests, papers, and assignments sent my way. And oh […]

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