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 …

The Cage of Self-Absorption

Sharon Body Image, Self-esteem, Worship 3 Comments

The longer I am a Christian the more I am convinced I spend too much time thinking about myself. Each day, how much time do I give to thinking about my clothes, my hair, my make-up, my body? Oh how much time is wasted on feeling dissatisfied with my body! And then there is my reputation–what do other people think …

The Unhappy Marriage of Confidence and Doubt

Sharon Self-esteem, Spiritual Health 5 Comments

As far as ministry is concerned, this week was a great one for me. On Tuesday I spoke at a women’s event at my church that went incredibly well, and on Friday I delivered my first class lecture. Following each teaching opportunity, I received wonderful feedback and encouragement from those in attendance. I felt like God not only used me …

The Myth of Effortless Perfection

Sharon Body Image, Jealousy, Self-esteem 6 Comments

This week I attended the Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit, and I will confess that I began the conference with a skeptical attitude. Lately I’ve found myself re-evaluating a lot of the leadership rhetoric that so pervades the evangelical church, wondering how much of it is even based on Christ. That is a post for another day, but suffice …

Dealing with Facebook Envy

Sharon Self-esteem, Social Networking 4 Comments

This week in class one of my professors told the story of an anthropologist who documented the habits and practices of a remote, South Pacific tribe. According to this anthropologist, the tribe was like a modern day Eden, devoid of problems and, remarkably, sin. He then concluded that the tribe evidenced the unimportance–and even danger–of sending missionaries. As he saw …

The Mirror Effect

Sharon Body Image, Self-esteem 5 Comments

Right now a friend of mine is reading a book called The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America by Drew Pinksky, and it sounds fascinating. The book examines the narcissistic behaviors of modern day celebrities, and the ways in which “the rest of us, especially young people, are mirroring these dangerous traits in our own behavior.” (From the …

True Sisterhood Podcast

Sharon Beauty, Body Image, Self-esteem 2 Comments

In my last post I told you about an interview I had scheduled for this this week on the True Sisterhood Podcast. Today I want to fill you in on how it went! The podcast format is like a Christian, radio version of The View. The podcast features four women of different ages and gifts who get together each week …

America the Beautiful

Sharon Beauty, Body Image, Self-esteem 4 Comments

About a month and a half ago I posted an entry called Taking Off Your Makeup, and this past week a version of it was re-posted on Christianity Today’s blog for women, Her.meneutics. Surprisingly, Christianity Today has a wider readership than my personal blog (please note sarcasm) and I received a lot of wonderful feedback as a result! For example, …

Reconsidering My “Princess” Status

Sharon Self-esteem, Women's Ministry 9 Comments

Over the past 10 to 15 years there has developed within evangelicalism a language about men that is uber-masculine. The shift was aided by the publication of books like Wild at Heart by John Eldredge and the Promise Keepers movement. As men have decried the dangers of being a passive husband and father, the church has men encouraged to be …