The Siren Song of Social Media

When I was younger, I was the perfect homeschooler. I didn’t have any electronic devices, unless you counted a Kindle Classic (you know, the kind that looks like paper and doesn’t have a touchscreen) and a digital camera. Well, you know, things change. I have three screens now (and an …

Shout Out to the Artists

// A letter to all the writers, all the singers of songs, all the artists who have changed my life // The first time I met you was through books. I stepped through the wardrobe or into a boxcar, and I met friends who would stay with me for the rest …

To See Your Face

I can’t see you. All I can see is the words. The happy, fun, serious, sad, excited, passionate words. The long, complicated, beautiful sentences. The quick, fun, lifey updates. The all-caps, no-punctuation reactions to your favorite books and the serious (sometimes sad) requests for prayer. I can see all those words, but I …

Look at the Moon (His Word Endures Forever)

It was several weeks ago that I got assigned my first “speaking” role in Good News Club. I stood in front of about 60 elementary kids, heart pounding, to teach the memory verse for the week. “Let’s read it together,” I said. “The sum of your word is truth…” they began …

Bible Bee 2016 Nationals | Recap

Well, I’m finally back! If you weren’t here for my last post, I took a hiatus due (mostly) to studying for Bible Bee, which was a couple weeks ago  (If you don’t know what the Bible Bee is, it’s a local and national competition centered around studying and memorizing the …

On Choice and the Unborn

Seventeen years and nine-odd months ago, something happened in my mom’s womb. A piece of my mom collided with a piece of my dad, and something new came into being. Someone new.  In that moment, I became more than two infinitesimal pieces of tissue. In that moment, I was alive, I …

Children of God

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are…” (1 John 3:1a) “See how great a love.”  In and of themselves the words are stunning.  They were some of the first words from the Bible that …

Incarnation

//In my study of 1 John 1, one of things that struck me the most was the awesome truth of what it meant for God to become human in the form of Christ.  I wrote a whole article on it; and then I realized I could probably say it better …

Love, Death, and Glory

What is glory? I wonder if the disciples ever asked that question. Maybe not at first. When they saw six jars of water transform into wine, I think it would have seemed quite clear. Even when Christ told the glory-seeking Jews that he didn’t receive glory from men; that He …