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3 Lessons on Women and Calling

Sharon Leadership, Ministry 3 Comments

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Q conference on Women and Calling. For one day, 12 women delivered 18 minute messages on the topic of calling, and it was SUCH an encouragement to me. We heard from women like Lauren Winner, Kathy Keller, Rachel Held Evans, Shauna Niequist, and my lovely friend Katelyn Beaty. The perspectives were …

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An Open Letter to Seminarians

Sharon Leadership, Ministry 7 Comments

It’s hard to believe that I graduated from seminary nearly six years ago, because I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember cramming for my church history final with fear and trembling. I remember crying on the first day of my ethics class because I was so moved by the lecture. I remember going to Haiti as part of …

The Elusive Virtue of Humility

Sharon Humility, Jealousy, Ministry 2 Comments

As some of you may remember, last year I fasted from blogging and used the season of Lent to re-examine my motives as a writer. It was a valuable time for me that brought some of my sinful tendencies into the light. Ever since then, I have spent a lot of time and prayer reflecting on the reasons for my …

Is Cleanliness Really Next to Godliness?

Sharon Family, Ministry, Parenting 1 Comment

The only reason my apartment is clean right now is because my parents came to visit this weekend. About 12 hours prior to their arrival there were books strewn across every table surface, and dishes piled up in the sink. And while I normally HATE to live that way, it was the end of the semester and my husband and …

Is There Such a Thing as “Half the Gospel?”

Sharon Evangelism, Ministry, Theology 5 Comments

I’ve recently found myself in a number of situations in which preachers and Christian speakers were conveying what, I would call, “half of the Gospel.” By this I mean that they teach parts of the Gospel perfectly, even brilliantly, but simultaneously fail to mention key parts of the Gospel. It’s not that these teachers were saying anything wrong, but they …

A Defense of Mediocrity

Sharon Ministry, Worldview 5 Comments

At least once a week, I consider dropping out of ministry. I’ve heard Mark Driscoll refer to this kind of weekly day-dreaming as “bread truck Mondays”–every Monday he wakes up and thinks about quitting his job and driving a bread truck. Why? Because driving a bread truck gives you just enough distraction to be stimulating, without requiring you to really …

Blog Friends: Meet Ike!

Sharon Church, Gossip, Ministry 1 Comment

As most of you know by now, I am getting married this summer to a wonderful man named Ike, and it’s about time I introduce you to him. To the left you can see a picture of Ike with some fake lawn deer. That’s Ike. Now Ike is probably going to kill me for putting this on the internet, but I’m …

Guest Blog: Joe Jones

Sharon Church, Community, Ministry, Theology 0 Comments

Next week at my ministry’s worship service Joe Jones will be speaking on 1 Corinthians 2 and the topic of wisdom. In preparation for his talk, Joe is going to be posting 2 blogs as a lead-up to Tuesday night. Joe is one of my best friends and a powerful communicator of the Word, so even though many of you …

Big News!!!!!!

Sharon Marriage, Ministry, Relationships 5 Comments

For those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I rarely say anything about my current dating life. I have frequently written about my experiences and mistakes in the past, but I’ve tried to avoid discussing my present personal relationships for the sake of guarding people’s privacy and reputations. Now as a result of …

Why Women’s Ministry Matters

Sharon Girl Stuff, Ministry, Women's Ministry 0 Comments

I don’t know about you, but for many years when I would attend Christian conferences, I avoided the women’s break-out sessions like the plague. (And just to be clear, I am speaking to women right now. If you’re reading this and you’re a guy, then I really hope you avoided the women’s break-out sessions. That would be weird if you …