Sacrifice

The most beautiful snow cone maker

The most beautiful snow cone maker

Growing up in the 1950s was a unique experience in itself. Add to that growing up in a large, rambunctious pastor’s family, in a three-story bright yellow home on Main Street, smack in the middle of a small town in Washington State, and you’ve got memories. Those days...
Denying self

Denying self

A lot of people give up something during the season of Lent. It is a long-standing tradition within Christianity when Jesus followers sacrifice something tangible in reflection and appreciation for the ultimate sacrifice he made for the sins of the world when he died...
​Off the beaten path

​Off the beaten path

I remember visiting a remote church in Zambia. The road to this church gave a whole new meaning to the term off the beaten path. The dirt was red and dry. The plains stretched out endlessly with massive trees that were all trunk and no leaves. We were there to attend...
​Holy ruthlessness

​Holy ruthlessness

2008 was a tough year. When a dean retired at one of our colleges, I was asked to fill in temporarily. This was in addition to my own full-time position. At the same time, I was trying to finish my doctoral dissertation, serving as vice-chair of my local church board,...
​Only a woman

​Only a woman

I was reading recently about Mary Slessor, a Scottish missionary to Nigeria in Africa. The daughter of a shoemaker by trade, Mary went to work as a “half-timer” at the age of eleven. This meant she worked in the mill half a day and the other half-day she...
Lent abandonment

Lent abandonment

Christians around the world associate the Lenten season as a time of sacrifice. A high school friend always gave up chocolate for Lent. Another friend decided his household would give up television viewing during Lent. That is, until she realized she would miss...