Silent Night? Yeah, Right.

Sharon Seasonal 10 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I am historically horrible about observing Advent. I owe this neglect primarily to the fact that, for a large portion of my life, I didn’t even understand what Advent is. Growing up, I associated Advent exclusively with the candlelit wreath at the front of the church. Each year four special children were chosen to …

Racism, the Church, and the Power of Listening

Sharon Love, Social Justice 1 Comment

Well it’s 7am and I’m sitting in the San Francisco airport waiting to board a plane. My mind is brimming with all the insights and challenges from the past few days at the SBL Conference. God taught me a lot! One of the best sessions that I attended was on the topic of Womanist Theology. For those of you who …

A Good Word from N.T. Wright

Sharon Evangelism, Missions, Theology 3 Comments

This weekend I am getting spoiled. I am currently in San Francisco attending the Society of Biblical Literature Conference, where religious scholars from all over the world come and share their latest research and insights. After only a day of sessions my brain is already over-loaded with nuggets of theological goodness, so today I’m going to share a simple but …

The Incompatibility of Courage and Guilt

Sharon Sanctification 2 Comments

Well it’s that time of the semester–crunch time–and my life is a bit scrambled at the moment! I wish I had more time to be on here, but for now I thought I’d hop on and share something that has been on my mind since yesterday. Periodically friends and blog readers will contact me to discuss a struggle in their …

The Elusive Virtue of Humility

Sharon Humility, Jealousy, Ministry 2 Comments

As some of you may remember, last year I fasted from blogging and used the season of Lent to re-examine my motives as a writer. It was a valuable time for me that brought some of my sinful tendencies into the light. Ever since then, I have spent a lot of time and prayer reflecting on the reasons for my …

Reflections on an Unplanned Pregnancy

Sharon Pro-life 5 Comments

This week I received an e-mail from a friend that, upon reading, I immediately knew I needed to share. Her testimony is a powerful one–she was raised in a Christian home but found herself pregnant and unmarried in her early twenties. Fortunately, her parents were supportive so she chose to proceed with the pregnancy, and her son is now an …