From the time I was three or four years old, I wanted to be a wife and mother. I put pillows under my shirt to make it look like I was pregnant and wandered around the house, asking my family members if they wanted to “feel the baby kick.” I dressed up almost every day in the wedding gown that came with my favorite life-sized … Continue reading I Am Not Obligated To Feminism
I wrote a personal blog the other day about my struggle with academic idolatry over the years (you can read it here). I explained how I’ve dug myself into a pit of perfectionism and pride since high school that God has been painfully – but benevolently – pulling me out of. More often than not, He does this by putting me in circumstances that prevent … Continue reading Don’t Give Up On Proverbs 31
I have had such a rollercoaster experience when it comes to formal education. I was considered a “gifted” student in elementary school even though I rarely made any grade higher than a C or B-. Middle school was just a blur in every way. And in high school I swung to the opposite end of the pendulum in an effort to redeem and prove myself; … Continue reading Does Being A Good Student Mean Making Good Grades?
Some of my least favorite seasons of life are those in which I’m forced to recognize my own sickening inadequacy. It does not help that I live in a culture determined to force-feed me the message of You Are Enough while I’m already busy gagging on all my failures and frustrations – as though it’s supposed to encourage me to hear what I steadily prove … Continue reading The “Good” In Good Friday
“The purpose-driven movement makes conversion a simple matter of saying the magic words, a mantra that makes Jesus the Mr. Rogers of the conscience. In his popular book, The Purpose Driven Life, author Rick Warren represents conversion in these words: ‘Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you” (p. 59). There is a pit of false hope in placing our faith in our words rather … Continue reading Rosaria Butterfield on True Conversion & Repentance
“We share a hope, if not a conviction, that human life is exceedingly valuable.” R.C. Sproul I remember hearing the term “inalienable human rights” when I was in social studies class as a kid, usually in reference to the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which asserts that all people “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” Whether in the context of inalienable rights or human rights … Continue reading Do Any Lives Matter?
If you’ve known me personally for more than five years, you know that my history and perspective when it comes to romantic relationships have both been quite . . . diverse. I’ve “been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt” in all sorts of unpleasant relational circumstances. I gradually learned to be (genuinely) content in whatever season God brought me to, but it was a … Continue reading On Being Engaged . . . And Being Fallible