What Is Your Promised Land?

The day before he died, Martin Luther King Jr. predicted his own death. His haunting, prophetic words were delivered in the famous speech, I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, which ended with the following: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I…
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3 Myths about Women’s Emotions

Within the last year I have been pregnant and had a baby, which tells you one thing about me: I’ve had a lot of emotions, and a lot of hormones. I have cried at silly things like car commercials and minor slights. I have cried for joy, and cried out of a heart full of…
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You Look Just Like Your Father

From the day Isaac was born, he looked just like his dad. I lost count of the people who said to me, in some variation, “You’re lucky you gave birth to him, because he’s ALL Ike!” Now that Isaac is getting older, people direct their comments to him instead of me: “You look JUST like…
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What Would Jesus Wear? Thoughts on Fashion and the Gospel

He held up a high-waisted, navy and white striped A-line skirt. “This would look really cute on you. You should try it on!” Ike suggested. I pursed my lips in skepticism. It was short–probably too short for church, anyway–and too nice to wear when I’m watching the kids. It didn’t seem practical. “When would I…
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Shattering the Mirror

For many of us, life is like one giant mirror. You see the world as a reflection of yourself. What people think of you, how people treat you–it’s all information that shapes your self-image. The way your parents raised you, the way your spouse loves you, whether your peers include you, whether your boss promotes…
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