Sand in Every Crevice

Sharon Spiritual Health, Suffering 11 Comments

If you hang around here often, you know that one of my big passions, the thing I talk about all the time, is calling. I am such a believer in Christians using their gifts for the Kingdom of God, and I’ve given a lot of my attention toward women in particular. It’s what I wrote my PhD on, for Pete’s sake! …

On Ends and Means

Sharon Discipleship 9 Comments

Last month I shared, and affirmed, this quote from Beth Moore (sorry for all the Beth Moore this week…well, sorry/not sorry!), and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it:   “You will watch a generation of Christians – of Christians – set the Bible aside in an attempt to become more like Jesus. And stunningly, it will sound completely …

Twenty Somethings, I See You

Sharon Uncategorized 10 Comments

  Due to a much bigger response than I expected, I am not currently accepting new contributions at this time. I hope to find a way to accommodate the large number of responses I received, so please stay tuned!! Last weekend I had the privilege of hearing from Beth Moore, while she poured into hundreds of women in their 20’s and 30’s who have a call …

An Empty Good

Sharon Justice 9 Comments

There’s a story in the gospels you might have heard before. You can find it in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and it depicts a short exchange between Jesus and a “rich young ruler.” It begins with the young man approaching Jesus and asking him, “What must I do to inherit eternal life.” Jesus responds with a list of commandments–don’t murder, don’t steal, don’t commit …

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 …