If I am ever caught chiseling star shapes out of potatoes during the Christmas season again, my husband has strict instructions to hurl me into a snow bank. Or maybe I’ll just hurl myself.
A few years ago, I was frantically preparing food, cleaning rooms, and wrapping presents in advance of family converging upon the house. Suddenly I burst into tears because I didn’t have time to finish making potato prints to use in stamping brown paper gift wrap. I was… Read More
Christians are quick to point out that God is okay with efforts to demonize the poor:
“Just remember, the Bible says, ‘if any would not work, neither should he eat.’ ”
“The Bible is pretty clear that riches are a blessing from God.”
“Look at the book of Proverbs: ‘A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich’ (10:4), ‘Do not love sleep, or else you will come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will… Read More
Stealing an oxygen tank from the nurse’s office at Elmbrook Church near Milwaukee. One of the best ideas we ever had. At least at the age of thirteen, it was the best idea that ever had occurred to Jack and me.
Cocky, adventurous, and…well…stupid, we thought we could take the tank to Beaver Lake and use it for scuba diving. You know, strap it on your back and go underwater for a few minutes. Take in the sights. Stuff like… Read More
For more than six months I was afraid to open my Bible. I was angry with Christians, angry with high-profile mega-church pastors preaching hate, sexism, and bigotry on Sunday mornings. I was tired of the lack of grace in a community that was supposed to be founded in it. I kept babbling a mantra to myself: “I’m not ready to leave Jesus, but I am done with Christians.” However, to be honest, I was teetering on the edge of discarding… Read More
If you’re not already done with your Christmas shopping, we have a great promotion for you! Now when you purchase any Convergent book from your favorite retailer, you can receive a SIGNED* copy of the same book or another Convergent book from us, for FREE!
Offer good for Convergent books purchased between December 2, 2013 and December 15, 2013. or while supplies last. Must receive request for FREE book… Read More
(Editor’s note: Tracey Bianchi, a pastor from Chicago, addressed the matter of women speakers being marginalized at Christian events in a blog we posted Tuesday. Today we look at the same issue, but from a male perspective. If you missed Tracey’s post, you can find it here.)
You might have followed the recent Twitter dust-up between bestselling author Rachel Held Evans and Read More