An Invitation to Get Off the Post

Sharon Church 3 Comments

Yesterday I tweeted something that got a surprising amount of traction. Ever since, my brain has continued to chew on it, and I wanted to follow up with some additional thoughts. This was the tweet: Paul didn’t spend much time criticizing the surrounding culture, but Christians who conformed to it, and that distinction is important. — Sharon Hodde Miller (@SHoddeMiller) January 4, 2017 This …

Christmas Does

Sharon Seasonal 2 Comments

I hate to admit this, but in the last month I have dived deep into Hallmark Christmas movies. It’s pretty bad, y’all. I have probably watched each one twice, and the movies are not good. Some of them are better than others, but at some point each week I sit on my couch thinking, “Why am I watching this?” And then, “Why can’t I STOP …

How to Stand With Aleppo

Sharon Current Events 2 Comments

All day long, I have felt a bit paralyzed by the news coming out of Aleppo. The scale of the evil somehow keeps growing, and I confess I am tempted to despair. Or to tune out. It would be so easy to turn off the news and finish my Christmas shopping. I imagine a lot of us are feeling that way about Aleppo. …

On This Day Before the Election

Sharon Current Events 1 Comment

I don’t have to tell you tomorrow is a big day. We all feel it. We’ve felt it. It’s been an ugly election season that  keeps getting uglier. It’s been gross, made all the grosser by social media. It’s like the internet is the real-life embodiment of James 3:5–“How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!” James might as well have added, “I’m …

Don’t Let It Get Inside You

Sharon Current Events 6 Comments

I’m taking a break this week from my series on love, to tell you a short story. A number of years ago, Ike and I endured a hard season of our marriage. It had nothing to do with our relationship with one another, but came from an outside force. There was a person in our lives who was toxic, and they turned our world …

Love is: Kind

Sharon Love 5 Comments

“Love is kind.” 1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is a funny thing. We tend to know it when we see it, but it’s also a bit like jello, tough to pin to the wall.  Love means a lot of different things in our world, which is why it sometimes gets wrangled into unloving agendas. We can do selfish things, reckless things, and self-destructive things, all in the name of “love.” It’s not hard to …

Love is: Patient

Sharon Patience 1 Comment

Last week one of my tweets hit a nerve, in the very best way: Sometimes I think “God is love” gets taken to mean “love is god.” But the difference between them is like a perfect compass, & a broken one. — Sharon Hodde Miller (@SHoddeMiller) September 12, 2016 This tweet wasn’t one of those random thoughts that just pops into …

Something Out of Nothing

Sharon Encouragement 6 Comments

Last month my youngest son began day care, which means I now have two mornings entirely to myself. Each day, in those first moments after the front door shuts and a hush falls over the house, I breathe the quiet into my lungs, I throw open the windows, and I light a candle that reminds me of Charleston. Then I sit down at …

The Good Girl’s Rebellion

Sharon Spiritual Health 5 Comments

I’ve been sitting on this post for several months. I first began to write it after a conversation with some friends from church. We were talking about our spiritual journeys, and mine was pretty uninteresting: I was raised in the church, I followed the rules, and I never needed to learn the hard way. I always did what was expected of me, and I …

The Campaign for Character

Sharon Politics

For the past few weeks–months, really–something has been bubbling up inside of me. Over the weekend, it came to a boil. I think the Spirit is urging me to speak about something, so I have spent a lot of time praying, asking for the right words, and opening my heart to the wisdom of God. In a culture like ours, when listening seems …