Gems in the Web 3/20/14


While animals get the human treatment, humans are increasingly denigrated as animals—especially those humans that choose to have more than one or two kids. There is growing vocal contempt of parenthood in cities, where mothers are pejoratively referred to by some as “breeders.” I always thought we called them by the more affectionate title “moms,” […]

Gems in the Web 3/7/14


A few years ago, a friend in the process of divorce encouraged me to write on the topic of pariahs in the church. These are the believing women around us whose life circumstances make us uncomfortable – the Ruths and Naomis in our culture. Maybe they lost a child to death or are estranged from […]

Gems in the Web 1/31/14


And then I think back to that job in network administration, to the grumbling and discouragement, and in retrospect, and upon further reflection, I have to own my guilt in it. What I see more than anything, and what concerns me more than anything, was my utter lack of joy in what I was doing. […]

Gems in the Web 1/17/14

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…look at these photos and feel the weight of your mortality. Then look again and enjoy your immortality. “The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it […]

Gems in the Web 11/22/13


Mollie Hemingway summed it up best in her piece, “Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear of Children and Fertile Women“, when she said, “The media remind us regularly that the most important cultural value relative to family life is what’s euphemistically called “choice.” The choice of whether to have kids or not is held so sacrosanct that […]

Gems in the Web 11/8/13


As you navigate life, you, like all normal people, will need affirmation. You need someone to say, “Good job” or “Well done.” You need someone to notice you. Please know that the desire to be known and affirmed is not a bad one. And it is not a desire that you are likely to outgrow. […]

Gems in the Web 10/11/13 Feminism and Complementarianism


I’m going to do something a little different today and link to several articles that come from the same blog. I love Practical Theology for Women, and I look forward to every single post from Wendy. She’s not thin, brothy Campbell’s soup. She’s homemade, thick, chunky soup that sticks to your ribs. She gets me […]