Sharon

Bent

Sharon Scripture, Self-esteem 1 Comment

Years ago, before we moved to Chicago and were still living in Durham, my pastor used a sermon illustration that I’ve never forgotten. He compared the average Christian’s faith to a balloon, one filled not with helium but with air. He said that each week, many Christians come to church expecting their pastor to bat their balloon high into the …

Just Say No!

Sharon Discipleship, Scripture, Spiritual Health 1 Comment

Have you ever been reading a story in the Old Testament and thought it sounded completely weird? Have you ever encountered stories that sounded very unlike the God that you see in the New Testament? If you haven’t, then you’re probably not paying close enough attention. The Old Testament is full of very difficult stories that can be tough to …

The Non-Proverb Proverb

Sharon Discipleship, Scripture 1 Comment

Have you ever gone to a Chinese restaurant and at the end of your meal, opened your fortune cookie only to discover that it’s not really a fortune at all? It’s more like a proverb or words of wisdom, something like, “He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at,” or “Life is not a mystery …

Should Women Be Deacons?

Sharon Church, Scripture, Spiritual leadership, Women's Ministry 5 Comments

The question over whether or not women should serve as deacons has been hotly debated within the evangelical tradition. Because of the Scriptural priority of male headship, many evangelical traditions have felt that appointing women as deacons would in some way threaten the authority of men. Others refuse to appoint women to the office of deacon because they interpret Scripture …

“Fornification”

Sharon Discipleship, Pop-Culture, Scripture 8 Comments

Monday night I happened to tune in for an intriguing episode of MTV’s hit show “The Hills.” I haven’t seen the show in a long time, so it was ironic that this particular episode featured an awkward interaction between the main characters and some evangelical Christians. In case you don’t follow the show, the episode went like this–one of the …

Bad Boys, Bad Boys…

Sharon Discipleship, Scripture 4 Comments

Last night I experienced a true first–I was at a party that got broken up by the police. And of all the people hosting it, it was a party put on by seminary students! Now before you lose all hope in the future ministers of America, let me explain what happened, because it’s not nearly as scandalous as it sounds. …

Trusting In Your Beauty

Sharon Girl Stuff, Meditations, Scripture 3 Comments

“And your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord God. But you trusted in your beauty and played the whore because of your renown and lavished your whorings on any passerby; your beauty became his.” –Ezekiel 16:14-15 In general, there are …

The Power of Advertising

Sharon Discipleship, Pop-Culture, Scripture 1 Comment

Have you heard about the recent surge in popularity of celery? There is a commercial on tv right now in which a bunch of children are standing around watching one kid swing at a pinata, and when he finally busts it open, a shower of celery rains down on the ground, instead of candy. The interesting part about the commercial …

Does God Punish Christians?

Sharon Church, Scripture, Theology 8 Comments

Today I want to know your thoughts on something, because I have a question that I am not entirely sure I know how to answer. This morning I was reading through Ezekiel (and fyi, if you ever want a light, encouraging read, Ezekiel is not it), and if you’re not familiar with the book, it is basically a long string …