To My Sisters in Seminary (and those who want to be)

Sharon Church, Women's Ministry 12 Comments

Sisters in seminary, I’ve been thinking about you. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about those of you enrolled at evangelical seminaries. You came to mind last week, when the internet exploded with discussions of authority and accountability and whether or not you need a degree to be a leader in Jesus’ church. Many voices weighed in with a variety of perspectives, but you were …

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 …

What If Everyone Agreed With Me?

Sharon Church, Community 1 Comment

  What if everyone agreed with me? I’ve been asking myself that question a lot the past few days. Or should I say daydreaming about it, because that’s really what it amounts to. Every time I read a mean comment, or a stereotype, or an opinion I just plain disagree with, I ball up my fists and growl, How could they POSSIBLY think that? My righteous anger …

To the Not-So-Sure Ones

Sharon Church 3 Comments

“I believe; help my unbelief.” – Mark 9:24 Ever since I was a little girl, faith has come easily to me. It wasn’t hard to believe in God. It wasn’t hard to believe God loved me. It wasn’t hard to trust Him, and it wasn’t hard to trust the church. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had doubts. All of us do at …

Last Week I Went to Charleston

Sharon Church 1 Comment

Last week I went to Charleston. I planned the trip months ago with my mom and cousins. It was going to be a fun, all girls get-away. We do it every summer, and Charleston is one of my favorite spots. It’s the city where Ike and I fell in love, and it’s the city where he proposed. I love Charleston …

What If We Fought Like We Loved Each Other?

Sharon Church, Community 2 Comments

Last month a friend of mine posted this as his Facebook status: “It’s not even the 2016 election yet, and unfriend season is already in full swing. How did we get here so fast?” When I read this I laughed, because I feel 100% the same way. Although for me, “unfriend season” is not limited to election years. Whenever a …

Why I am Thankful for Bloggers

Sharon Church 1 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope the holiday has been full of love, family, friends, and good food! Now, I know the title of today’s post sounds a little self-serving. This is a blog. I am a blogger. Obviously I am grateful for the existence of the blog form. However, today’s post is about my appreciation for other blogs. I want …

I’m Not Playing This Game Anymore

Sharon Church 6 Comments

A couple months ago I was chatting with a writer friend about our respective ministries, when she asked me a question I wasn’t prepared for: “I’ve noticed you’ve been distancing yourself from _________ ministry. Has that been intentional?” (For my own reasons, I’m going to leave all ministries and people anonymous in this post.) I paused for a moment and …

Why You Neeed to Get Over Yourself and Ask for Help

Sharon Church 4 Comments

Just ask my husband Ike and he’ll tell you–I live for the summer. I am a warm climate kind of girl. Especially up here in arctic Illinois where the winters feel like an eternity. When the summer FINALLY rolls around, I am ready. I love the heat, the extra hours of daylight, the lazy weekends, the smell of fresh cut …

Woe to those who make unjust laws

Sharon Church, Social Justice 61 Comments

A couple years ago Ike and I lived in an apartment complex inhabited by mostly white families on the North Shore of Chicagoland. One summer we planned to go out of town for a couple weeks, so we needed someone to check our mail. We called some former neighbors of ours who still lived nearby, and asked if their oldest …