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What To Do When You've Lost Your Holy Awe

As followers of Jesus, we are meant to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life God intended for us. We are called to live alert to the wonders all around and within us that expand our desire to know God more.

Yet the focus on the functionality of ministry combined with the increased sense of familiarity can numb us to the marvelous work to which we’ve been called—encouraging people to walk in the fullness of all God has called and created them through Jesus Christ.

Here are a handful of things that can pull us away from living wonderstruck and experiencing the daily splendor of knowing Jesus as we lead:

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The church property where the Compassion program is hosted is an oasis. The small lot feels expansive compared to the cramped quarters of the slum. The entrance is marked by trees, vegetation and pink hibiscus; a stark contrast to the stench, filth, and garbage just outside the gate. Continue Reading...

How My Faith Has Changed Since The Organic God

Over the last year, my friends at Zondervan have been hard at work taking the hardback version of The Organic God and bringing it to paperback. Since the book’s release in 2007, more than 50,000 people have been through The Organic God book and 6-session DVD Bible Study.

The new paperback version makes my husband, Leif, who carries the majority of books around the country to events, very happy.

But it also made me happy, because the re-release gave me the opportunity to take a good, hard look at the book and reflect on how I’ve changed since The Organic God over the last six years. Here are some areas of change: Continue Reading...

Dear Church: How Letters to the Early Church Still Ring True Today

We're about to the cross the finish line for the 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge as we read through The Message Bible. Up next, we're going to be diving into a bunch of Epistles.

The majority of the New Testament is made up of Epistles (all except the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation). These documents are written for a specific occasion or event. Epistles often shed light onto a doctrinal disagreement or address a behavior that needs correcting within the early church.

On the surface, the Epistles may seem straight-forward, but sometimes these letters aren’t always easy to interpret. [Tweet this]

For example, read 1 Corinthians 11:6 on the topic of head coverings:

“For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.”

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Let me introduce you to my friend, Zack Hunt. Zack recently wrote this post on zombies and what zombies have to do with America and the church. We thought it was both hilarious and brilliant and think you will, too. Be sure to check out his blog, here

Throughout this year, I want to introduce you to some of my friends. People whose voices I know, respect, and appreciate. Their words often challenge me in my thinking and faith. I hope they'll challenge you, too. Enjoy!



The other day I got what is definitely one of my favorite emails of all time.

It was an offer to teach me how to prepare my garage and/or barn for the impending zombie apocalypse.

According to the sender, I would appreciate their article on zombie-proofing since I write so much about zombies. I’ve definitely never written about zombies on here before (that I’m aware of), but I have had this particular post in mind for a while, so I figured why not go ahead and write it.

As I was watching Zombieland for at least the tenth time the other day, I realized something.

Zombies really have taken over America!

They’ve even invaded the church!
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