Fair and Balanced

Sharon Communication, Evangelism 4 Comments

At the end of last week I noticed a tweet that had been posted by Ed Stetzer as he labored over a blog post for the following day: “Working on a difficult blogpost for tmrw. Trying to speak truth & grace at the same time is not easy. I’m not sure I have it right yet.” I love God’s timing, …

On the Path to Perfection

Sharon Beauty, Self-esteem, Theology 13 Comments

This past weekend I attended the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing. I didn’t really know what to expect (it was my first “writers conference” in my life!) but my favorite part was, by far, connecting with other Christian women writers. Shout out to all you amazing ladies! One of the writers I FINALLY got to meet was Amy Julia …

Marriage Poison

Sharon Marriage 2 Comments

Out of the blue, one of my co-workers asked me an interesting question as we sat across from one another this week: “What brings you satisfaction in life?” That’s a big question that I was not at all prepared for, so I wasn’t exactly sure how to answer. There are, after all, a lot of ways to answer it. After …

Jesus Is Not Like Me

Sharon Encouragement 3 Comments

This weekend Ike and I had dinner with some friends who had just seen Blue Like Jazz, the film adaptation of Donald Miller’s popular book. They both loved the movie and they anticipate it will start some much-needed conversations. As we munched on Portillo’s hot dogs at our dinner table together, we couldn’t help but dive into some of those …

The Foolishness of Kindness

Sharon Sanctification 11 Comments

I really, really, REALLY dislike politics. I dislike the election season even more. Although I appreciate the need for elections and politicians, I do not appreciate the incivility they arouse in Americans. So much of it is disappointing, and I often find myself tempted to become cynical. Which is why, as the election season gears up, I want to offer …

What Really Happened in the Garden?

Sharon Body Image, Sex, Theology 5 Comments

I think there is some confusion among Christians about what happened in the Garden of Eden immediately following the Fall. The confusion is not universal, but over the last couple months I have noticed some troubling statements in blog comment sections about what the Fall and the curse mean for us today. To be a little more specific, some Christians …

Skinny Pregnancy?

Sharon Body Image 8 Comments

Now that I am well into my second trimester, I am loving life! No more nausea, no more fatigue, and I am reveling in the euphoria of post-sickness health–you know that feeling when you’ve been sick for awhile so you appreciate health with a new ecstatic gratitude? That’s how I feel. Since the first trimester ended, pregnancy has really been …

A Necessary Pause

Sharon Uncategorized 2 Comments

I spent a good chunk of my day yesterday researching some questions raised by my last few posts on modesty. I found a lot of great answers in Scripture and Christian tradition, and I look forward to sharing them here. I had actually planned to post some of those thoughts today, but last night I realized that I need to …