Why You Need the People Who Disagree With You

Sharon Church, Theology 6 Comments

In his book Outliers, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell makes a controversial claim. He questions the idea of the “self-made man” and explains that most successful people owe some of their fortune to luck. He writes, “People don’t rise from nothing. We do owe something to parentage and patronage. The people who stand before kings may look like they did it …

The Great Friendship Debate

Sharon Friendships, Love 5 Comments

One of the issues Ike and I have struggled with ever since we’ve been together is the question of cross-gender friendships. By “struggle” I don’t mean that we’ve wrestled with jealousy or inappropriate intimacy with someone of the opposite sex. Instead, we’ve struggled with how to articulate cross-gender friendship in a manner that is both wise, honoring to God, honoring …

Why Your Children Need to Fail

Sharon Parenting, Sanctification 3 Comments

This past weekend I heard a fascinating interview with a Stanford professor of psychology named Carol Dweck, who is author of the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Dweck studies the psychology of failure, and what she has discovered not only has implications for parenting, but has the potential to shed insight on the Christian life as well. In …

Dancing to the Music of the Gospel

Sharon Spiritual Health 4 Comments

This week I unearthed an excerpt from a book that I had forgotten about, although I have posted it here before. I used it for a lesson I taught on Ephesians 2 Tuesday night, and it is just as powerful to me today as it was 2 years ago when I first read it. Don’t you love when you happen …

Some Thoughts on Empowering Evangelical Women

Sharon Leadership, Women's Ministry 9 Comments

As you can probably tell, it’s been one of those weeks! Sorry I haven’t been on here since last week–life has been busy, but busy with good things. This week I want to share an interesting tidbit from my academic research that may have implications for evangelical women. I say “may” because more research is needed, but it gives us …

Women and Competition: The Ugly Truth

Sharon Friendships, Gossip, Wisdom 4 Comments

Today I read an article that made me very sad. It was written by a woman whom I respect, though we disagree on some things. This particular article (about which I will not disclose any more details than what I have here) arrived at some conclusions that I do not share, but what disappointed me was the author’s tone. It …

The Unhappy Marriage of Confidence and Doubt

Sharon Self-esteem, Spiritual Health 5 Comments

As far as ministry is concerned, this week was a great one for me. On Tuesday I spoke at a women’s event at my church that went incredibly well, and on Friday I delivered my first class lecture. Following each teaching opportunity, I received wonderful feedback and encouragement from those in attendance. I felt like God not only used me …

Christian Homemaking Revisited

Sharon Hospitality 3 Comments

The word “homemaker” is a term that means entirely different things to different people. For some women, it is a title to be embraced and enjoyed. For other women, they want little or nothing to do with it. For me personally, I have not given much thought to homemaking. My husband and I are both in school with no children …