There, I said it. Besides the fact that it’s hard work to keep creating stories, putting those ideas on paper in a format that others can access (from my mind to the your mind…sounds rather like a Vulcan mind meld), and then the required platform building and marketing… Most readers don’t understand that fiction writers,… Continue reading Writing Fiction is Scary
Category: Biblical Bits
When I say I am a Christian, I mean that I believe that Jesus is the son of God, that he died in my place so I could be forgiven of my sins, and that the Bible is God’s holy word by which I am learning to live my life. I don’t have it all figured out, but I am committed to studying the Bible, and teaching it to others. If you are interested in what I have learned, these posts might be of interest…
Dear Christians, we need to do better…
Over the last few weeks, some annual lists came out that have me heartbroken, frustrated, and more than a little angry. One of my goals on this blog and social media is to advocate for religious freedom. I truly understand that not everyone is going to believe as I do. But as a Christian (according… Continue reading Dear Christians, we need to do better…
Women of Acts: Sapphira
(If you would like to read these posts in order, here's the link to the "Intro to the Women of Acts." The Bible references are linked so you can read them online if you choose.) Early in the life of the new Church, we learn that they shared their possessions and supplied each other’s needs. Acts… Continue reading Women of Acts: Sapphira
I am not ashamed…
Growing up in an active Christian community in Wisconsin was a blessing. In the Midwest it wasn't cool to be a Christian. You either were or you weren't, there was little, if any, middle ground or grey area. I don't remember ever being picked on or ostracized for my faith, but there was something dependable in knowing… Continue reading I am not ashamed…
Women of Acts: Series Introduction
One of my passions over the last twenty-five years has been studying and teaching the women of the Bible. Did you know there are 180 women named in the Bible and 200+ other women referred to as someone’s wife, daughter, etc.? I have had the privilege of speaking to women's groups and Bible studies, as well as… Continue reading Women of Acts: Series Introduction
Encouragement from the Woman with the Issue of Blood
I've suffered from chronic and invisible illnesses since I was a teenager. Migraines at 15, endometriosis at 17, back issues thanks to a car accident in college, Crohn's Disease and Anylosing Spondylitis in my 20s, and then strokes which are probably symptomatic of a larger neurological disorder in my late 30s. I have frustrated family,… Continue reading Encouragement from the Woman with the Issue of Blood
What if Jesus were on Twitter?
What if Jesus were on Twitter? What would He be saying?
I started thinking about this after a conversation with my best friend. She was telling me about this blog about Digital Pharisees, and I think it’s a good question to ask. That blog focuses more on examining ourselves and avoiding pride, but my conversation with my friend took a different turn. I’m not disagreeing with the Digital Pharisee blog, by the way; I think he made a lot of good points. But where I really started thinking was about how we use Facebook or Twitter as a platform to shout our beliefs and don’t take the time to get to know someone or build relationships.
My friend told me about a status update she saw recently where someone loudly proclaimed they aren’t ashamed of their beliefs and anyone who doesn’t like that can just unfriend them now. I’m…
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Women in the Honor Roll of Faith
Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the “Honor Roll of the Faithful.” It lists the many people who were remembered, not for being perfect or better than others, but for being faithful. Faith, per Hebrews 11:1 “is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” So, if… Continue reading Women in the Honor Roll of Faith
My Favorite Childhood Story…with grown-up applications
I imagine every one fondly remembers that favorite childhood bedtime story. I know I do. It was always a treat to spend the night at Grandma’s house, but the best part for me was that she always asked me what Bible story I wanted her to read before we said our prayers and turned off… Continue reading My Favorite Childhood Story…with grown-up applications
Peanuts and Sound Theology
I grew up loving the Peanuts cartoon by Charles M. Schulz. Still do. A number of friends posted this installment on Facebook, and it got me to thinking… So many things are said and done in the name of Christianity that have nothing to do with the Bible or being a Christian. I find it… Continue reading Peanuts and Sound Theology