Letter from A Birmingham Jail

I read the letter in its entirety for the first time this year, and I’d encourage you to do the same. *** April 16, 1963 MY DEAR FELLOW CLERGYMEN: I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against “outsiders coming in.” I…

5 Questions for When Christmas Falls on Sunday

This morning I was driving to the Dollar Tree to pick up some little Christmas gift bags for the children of City Church and I tried to remember the last time Christmas fell on a Sunday. I’d decided that it must have been 13 years ago, questioned if that math even worked, and agreed with…myself…that…

The Crown and the Talk

…people say, “I care about my neighbors,” but don’t have an awareness to do something every single time they step out of their doors…they [should be] looking for ways in which they can affirm their neighbors and protect them if necessary. That takes an entire culture mindset shift. Was there ever a time when we…

Exploring Loneliness in the Upside-Down Kingdom

True story – last week when we were anticipating the release of this latest episode of the UpsideDown Podcast, some of us hosts had very little memory of recording it. It was the second half of a long night of recording and I’m not sure why, but it was a really exhausting experience. I woke…

Asiago, Roasted Red Pepper, and Black Bean Quiche

For months now, I’ve been lauding the overlooked and under-appreciated goodness that is the frittata. Seriously, they come together in minutes, they’re easy to customize, they’re pretty, AND they can be served for every single meal of the day. Not to mention they’re protein-packed and usually include at least SOME kind of vegetable. I’ve started taking…

What I’m Learning and A Prayer

Last Tuesday I ran around getting myself and the kids ready to leave town for my brother’s wedding in St. Louis. I voted early, so after school we packed, had dinner, played a round of Go Fish, and put the kids to bed. Duff and I settled in to watch the election coverage. We’re on…

So #blessed

The latest episode of Upside Down, our podcast featuring “unscripted conversations on life and faith” dropped yesterday! (Yeah, dropped. I said it. Who do I think I am, K-Ci & JoJo? #throwback) Episode 3 focuses on the oft-used hashtag “blessed.” As in, #blessed Our editor joked that we came in a little hot on this…

Fighting Fear with Hope

Hey look, I said I probably wouldn’t be back over here this week but here I am! You know what’s brought me here? The election. But I don’t really want to talk about the election. [Insert sigh of relief.] I want to talk about fear and hope. I’m sensing a lot of fear among Christians…

Wherein I Inquire about the Clerical Collar

Lately I’ve found myself wondering what the church planter’s wife equivalent of the clerical shirt and collar might be. A turtleneck? A dress with a neckline that looks like a doily? A t-shirt that says, “body piercing saved my life?” Please say no.   Honestly though, I’ve found myself wishing there was such a thing. For…

When it Rains, it Pours – Commercials, Movies, and a new Podcast!

There must be something magical about today, because the heavens are opening up and dumping all kinds of fun things this week. It’s like, raining sprinkles or something. For example, you may have seen on Facebook that our commercial is running on HGTV right now. What? How did this even happen. I know who watches HGTV…