Even Grace Can Lead to Legalism
Jun 14, 2016A certain love for grace can impose a new kind of law on others. All efforts at obedience begin to look like legalism, rather than like evidence of grace.
You Are the Hands of Jesus
Loving the Unborn, Unloved, and Neglected
Feb 3, 2016God is worthy of all of our awe, and it is good to fear the Lord. But have you ever given much thought to how intimate God’s love and care is for people?
Designed for Joy
How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice
Jul 31, 2015God created men and women in his image — equal in value and complementary in roles. And these roles are integral to God’s timeless good design for humanity.
The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood
Jul 31, 2015This book now appears in print under the title Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice. Christian complementarity is the conviction that God created men and woman as his image-bearers — equal in…
Why We Can Trust Him
Mar 24, 2015*Trust in the Lord.* Those little words do indeed pack a lot of truth, but what does it really mean to trust the Lord and how might our encouragement better point us to the One we can trust? In other words, yes, we want to trust the Lord, but why can we?
The Fearless Mother’s Heart and Hope
Nov 4, 2014Are you mom enough? The cover of Time Magazine asked this haunting question in bold red letters that hung over the startling image of a young mother breastfeeding her four-year-old. When the issue hit newsstands it re-ignited a longstanding mommy…
Learning to Abide in Christ
Jun 10, 2014Jesus tells us that we are his friends. Let that soak in for a minute.
How to Teach Your Kids About the Nations
Mar 27, 2014My kids are young. They are young and impressionable, which is why my husband and I have chosen to start teaching them about the nations now. Their curiosity actually began well before we pulled out the flags and books about…
Meet the Family of God
Feb 27, 2014There is no denying the importance of family. My husband and children are my first priority and God’s gift to me. When my husband is discouraged, it’s a privilege to come alongside him and encourage him. When my kids are…
Three Benefits of Discipleship
Feb 13, 2014What happens when you get a group of women in a room to discuss life and the gospel? Talking. Lots of talking. And questions. More questions than you can imagine. Why? Because we need each other, and sometimes life can…
Our Children for Our Joy
Oct 21, 2013I dropped my son off at his school and yelled my usual through the rolled down window, “I love you. Make good choices. Obey your teacher.” As I began to roll up the window and drive away, my little first…
Moving Beyond the Stalemate in Marriage
Aug 22, 2013Let me be honest from the start. At the beginning of my marriage, I was a harsh jerk. My self-righteous impatience made it almost impossible for my husband to plan even a Saturday out for the two of us because…
It’s Good to Be a Jar of Clay
Jul 25, 2013Clay jars are delicate. They crack easily even though they may seem relatively durable. On one hand, clay jars are refined by fire. There are several steps to making them, culminating with the kiln. This furnace carries the clay from…
When a Black Woman Married a White Man
Jun 10, 2013It’s interesting that something so commonplace and natural to me can be such a mystery to others. You see, I’m a black woman married to a white man. For many — perhaps more than would like to admit — my…
Legalism or Love? Religious or Radical?
May 22, 2013If you’re struggling with legalism, don’t fight it by quitting your quiet times. That’s the good advice I remember once hearing from a pastor. In other words, there’s a temptation to presumably fight legalism by running away from good things…
The Amazing Calling of Being “Mom”
Apr 3, 2013The other morning I woke up while my children were still sleeping and began to pray. I started thinking about my identity. What am I? Who am I? As I settled into my prayer time I began to rejoice at…
Why Accountability Matters
Feb 28, 2013We call it accountability. Beginning in 2001 I had the privilege each and every Friday afternoon to meet with two women for mutual encouragement and prayer. We did this for several years and remain accountable to each other to this…
More Than Month-Long
Feb 2, 2013February is Black History month. In 1976 the United States government officially acknowledged this month as an annual celebration of noted Black historians, scholars, educators, and publishers. School days for me during the month of February meant learning about historical…
Fitness Goals and the New Year
Jan 5, 2013The new year ushers in new resolutions and fitness historically lands at the top of new year’s resolution goals for most people. I’ve been a part of the fitness industry for nearly eight years off and on. Each January fitness…
Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing
Dec 6, 2012I have walked this earth a short 34 years, but in that time I have experienced a wide range of various trials. As a young child my parents struggled financially resulting in the occasional electricity being shut off and visits…
Biblical Womanhood and the Problem of the Old Testament
Oct 15, 2012As explained in my review of A Year of Biblical Womanhood, much of Rachel Held Evans’ book could be summed up, sadly, as an attempt to discount the validity of Scripture. I am hopeful that she does not intend…
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: A Review
Oct 8, 2012There are several reasons why I decided to read and review Rachel Held Evans’ forthcoming book A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master" (Thomas…
The Race-Transcending Gospel
Sep 11, 2012It was the summer of 1998. I was leading a private camp and awaiting the arrival of my assistant. She arrived with her blonde ponytail, blue eyes, and bubbly spirit. She was a few years younger than I — and…
Femininity: June Cleaver, Clair Huxtable, or the Valiant Woman?
Aug 22, 2012One of my female icons growing up was Oprah Winfrey. I dreamed of being like her one day. After high school, I went to college and did everything I could to be successful. I made good grades, took internships, studied…