What does grace look like anyway?

A tiny peek at one chapter of the book, Defaulting to Grace Subscriber Content Subscribe to get access Read more of this content when you subscribe today. Log in What does grace look like? How do we begin to show grace toward our brothers and sisters in Jesus? Where do we begin? We cannot begin… Continue reading What does grace look like anyway?

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Defaulting to Grace is going to be a book! To celebrate, I've decided to share bonus content to subscribers only. You may already follow me through WordPress, but I invite you to subscribe (free), too. As a subscriber, you'll be first to know about the publication process and timeline along with some sneak peeks at… Continue reading Subscribe for bonus content

Going missing

"Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:24-25). The COVID-19 pandemic added to a building cultural sense that regular church attendance… Continue reading Going missing

Love, grace, and testimony

 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through… Continue reading Love, grace, and testimony

Today.

For at least the last decade I have chosen a word for the year. I have various blog posts written for each one since 2011--except for 2019, and I suspect that one was something about completion or finishing strong since I was at the end of my PhD journey. 2020's word was wait. And did… Continue reading Today.

The Greatest Grace

Thoughts about Advent and Incarnation Part one The coming of the Promise. Fulfillment of prophecy in a mystery of yes and not yet. A baby born of a virgin on a not-so-silent night who grew up and changed the world, even to the marking of the calendar days. BC (before Christ) and AD (anno Domini)… Continue reading The Greatest Grace

Let’s talk about grace in real life

Real talk here. Total transparency. I am writing about the need for grace, but I'm not always good about extending it. Fast food chaos When I'm not writing I work at a fast food restaurant. It's a perfect side gig: I love my teammates, the managers are fantastic (and patient), the hours are flexible, and… Continue reading Let’s talk about grace in real life

The saddest tweet

Started a new job at UPS today. And after a decade of getting exhausted, hurt, and having bad boundaries in church work, I never expected to be this happy to be a cog in a machine12:42 PM · Sep 21, 2021 I read this tweet the other day and it made me reflect on the… Continue reading The saddest tweet

The gift of rest

Resting is hard for many of us, especially those of us who grew up in a community where work was prized above almost anything else. "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise..." Productivity, even in ministry, becomes an idol, but it is an acceptable one. We take pride in how… Continue reading The gift of rest

How to please the Lord 101

How to please the Lord 101: Love God, love people. There is nothing complicated about what God wants his children to do. He says it over and over in every book of the Bible. Jesus himself summed up the commandments in two sentences: Love the Lord your God will your heart, soul, mind, and strength,… Continue reading How to please the Lord 101