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Take Me to Church

Here’s a little teaser for my latest post on Ref21: This is the title of a song by the band Hozier. The song is pretty disturbing, and yet it is an enlightening and honest picture of the state of our culture. In one quick listen, it’s pretty clear that “church” is neither Christ’s bride, nor […]

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Green Sally Up!

I can always count on my brother to give me a cool, new workout. When we were away together over Thanksgiving we did a 20 minute, high intensity workout with a deck of cards. Good times. Like my dad, Luke is good at finding or putting together creative workouts. While I was on the phone […]

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The Most Encouraging Book On HELL Ever

Thor Ramsey, The Most Encouraging Book on Hell Ever (CruciformPress, 2014)  The title of this book prevails upon the reader to open it up and see what this is all about. It’s daring. I mean encouraging and hell are in the same sentence! It kind of reminds me of the old fundamentalist preachers my husband […]

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The Blogger and the Mechanical Bull

Today I realized what one of my main aims is in every blog post—to get you, the reader, to stay with me more than ten seconds and actually focus your attention on one thing. It occurred to me as I was reading Nicholas Carr’s book, The Shallows, that every time we jump on the internet, […]

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The “A” Word

Mark Jones went and did it. He dropped the “A” word, turned it inside out, and left the contemporary Reformed world a little exposed. Antinomianism. Go ahead and say it, it’s kind of a fun word. But no one wants to be called an antinomian. When you first hear the word you may immediately think, […]

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The New Cosmos Inaugurated

I’ve been spending some time lately in the beginning of Colossians, where Paul is sharing what he has been praying for this church. I decided to write it out as a personal prayer to God for my family, church, and for some groups of women that I will be speaking to in the upcoming season […]

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What Good Whiskey and Good Theologians Have in Common

I’m sure some of you more distinguished theologians drink better whiskey than I do. But I’m a housewife theologian in West Virginia. So we have a proclivity to one of the three wise men, Jack Daniels. There’s a four point process to Jack’s wisdom that I realized also makes for a good theologian. (As you […]

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A Precious Commodity

Matt and I were recently watching an episode of the show Elementary. In it, Sherlock Holmes is struggling with some new-found feelings of personal responsibility. Sherlock is a recovering drug addict, so his sponsor noticed that he was going through some kind of an inner struggle. Sherlock opens up to his sponsor a little, and […]

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Totes Magotes

I’ve posted another article on Ref21 this morning. Here is the beginning. You will want to cruise over there for the surprise ending… I stumbled upon an article making a prediction for journalism in 2014. Jason Kottke announces that the blog is dead. Basically, his conclusion is that “blogs are for 40-somethings with kids.” Ouch! You can […]

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Hello Ninja

Hello Ninja!, by N.D. Wilson. Illustrated by Forrest Dickison (Canonball, 2013) When I was contacted by Canon Press to see if I would review a bedtime story for toddlers, they had me at Hello Ninja. I mean, hello, this would have been the perfect bedtime book for my kids! Anyway, this book has the combination […]

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