Evil is Real – So what do we do?

“Evil is real - and powerful. It has to be fought, not explained away, not fled. And God is against evil all the way. So each of us has to decide where we stand, how we're going to live our lives. We can try to persuade ourselves that evil doesn't exist; live for ourselves and … Continue reading Evil is Real – So what do we do?

Life as Story

“In the end, people don't view their life as merely the average of all its moments—which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep. For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones … Continue reading Life as Story

The Story of a Christian/Muslim Friendship – a Guest Post

Every September, when cool breezes off the Nile River replaced the sweltering heat of summer, the expatriate community in Cairo, Egypt would reunite. Most employers planned a variety of activities to introduce any newcomers to Egypt in general, and the gigantic city of Cairo in particular. Our employer, the American University of Cairo, put together … Continue reading The Story of a Christian/Muslim Friendship – a Guest Post

Persecution of Christians: Real and Stable

I speak up for refugees, immigrants, and Muslims on this blog. It's right that I do so. I see, read, and hear fear about all of these groups from a variety of people.  But today, I am speaking up for those from my own faith tradition who face persecution: Christians.  An organization called Open Doors … Continue reading Persecution of Christians: Real and Stable

Rambling Thoughts on Confronting an Idol

I called my mom before the election with one specific question: "Mom, when did American politics get mixed up with Christianity?" I really wanted to know. I didn't grow up in the United States and throughout my childhood, my parents voted via absentee ballots. I remember political discussions about the U.S. taking place every four … Continue reading Rambling Thoughts on Confronting an Idol

A Life Overseas – Relax!

Readers, I am at A Life Overseas today talking about how God is at work in places where we go -- and because of this, we can relax. In August of 2015 I had the privilege of going to the Kurdish area of Iraq to work with refugees. On my first day there, I was traveling … Continue reading A Life Overseas – Relax!

The Shallow Identity of Party Affiliation

  Last night we had dinner with some new friends. We have been connecting online for about two years, and finally had the opportunity to meet. The conversation turned toward politics. Jenn talked about reading a book where the author surmised that Jesus was more liberal than the liberals and more conservative then the conservatives. … Continue reading The Shallow Identity of Party Affiliation

Pondering Privilege – a Book Review

Pondering Privilege - Toward a Deeper Understanding of Whiteness, Race, and Faith* by Jody Wiley Fernando could not come to us at a better time. As media and newsfeeds fill with images and stories, many of us who are white really want to know how to do things better. Many of us, as uncomfortable as it is, … Continue reading Pondering Privilege – a Book Review

Simply Grace

Frustrated, I stood outside a movie theatre. I had two extra tickets to a show, completely free, no strings attached. Two tickets on opening weekend of a show everyone was talking about - everyone wanted to see it.  My daughter's two friends had been unable to attend, so rather than let the tickets go unused, we found … Continue reading Simply Grace

A Challenge to Christians During Ramadan

I am on the mailing list of a large mosque in the Roxbury area of Boston. While Egypt's minarets give us a journey through history and Turkey boasts Ottoman style mosques, the mosque in Roxbury is modern. It sits across from Roxbury Community College, its dome and minaret smaller than those in the Muslim world. I've … Continue reading A Challenge to Christians During Ramadan

Season of the Injured Sparrow

  As I walked out to our car yesterday morning, I saw a sparrow in the driveway. The sparrow wasn't moving and I worried that it was injured. As I walked toward it, it fluttered away slowly. If a sparrow can limp, it was limping. It was obvious that something was wrong. But it fluttered … Continue reading Season of the Injured Sparrow

Ready to Face the Day

It's early morning in Cambridge. Light is beginning to creep into the living room where I sit, coffee beside me and Bible on my lap. Outside the window, spring hesitantly makes herself known. Like a small child performing, she is first shy but with each passing moment she becomes more confident, finally bursting out with … Continue reading Ready to Face the Day

Good News on a Good Friday

 ---For those who Celebrate Good Friday and for those who don't! Newly arrived humans lived simply and they related to God personally. He would show up at their house in the evenings and hang out with them. I imagine they talked about their days, the wonders of the created world, how they really felt about … Continue reading Good News on a Good Friday

“I Will Not Let You Go Unless You Bless Me!”

There are sometimes few words to describe spiritual struggles. The words seem trite and small compared to how real the struggle feels. So we are left wordless and longing, wishing that somehow, someway, the struggle could be over and our faith repackaged, reconstructed into something we understand. But if we understood it, would it be too … Continue reading “I Will Not Let You Go Unless You Bless Me!”

Evil is Not the Final Word

Note: due to a WordPress error, the post looks like it was published on February 3rd. It was, in fact, published on the morning of March 28th. On Easter Sunday evening, a suicide bomber targeted a busy park in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. Boasting a water area and a playground, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park is a … Continue reading Evil is Not the Final Word

In the Arena

"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us."* I'm sitting before the Christmas tree, covered in blankets and lost in thought. The tree has the look of a faded Hollywood beauty. A beauty that once turned heads but now gets barely a nod, … Continue reading In the Arena

In the Face of Hate – Love Out Loud

in the face of hate - Love Out Loud by Robynn & Marilyn In Philadelphia, a severed pig's head is thrown at the door of a mosque. On the street in Boston a man tells a Muslim woman walking with her children that he hopes her children burn in hell. A Somali restaurant in North Dakota is burned. A Muslim shopkeeper … Continue reading In the Face of Hate – Love Out Loud

Some Thoughts on Gratitude

  There’s this wonderful tradition built into the tapestry of American culture: Thanksgiving. Every year on the last Thursday in November, Americans gather in families, in groups, with friends, in communities for the sole purpose of expressing thanks. Granted a lot of the gratitude is buried under the gravy and the goodness of green bean … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Gratitude