Am I Siding with the Vulnerable?

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” —Arundhati Roy I have come to believe that nice Christians are the greatest enemies of faithfulness. I recall a conversation I had at the predominantly white evangelical college I attended. He was an Asian American brother recounting […]

If Your Church Disappeared, Would Anyone Notice?

“If your church was suddenly gone from your city—would anybody notice? Would anybody care?” This question was posed to my husband and I at a conference and it confronted us deeply. We had been pastors in our city for a many years. We were sure our church family would miss us greatly, but we couldn’t […]

Christmas is an Invitation

Christmas, at its heart, is an invitation. It marks the moment when God set a plan in motion to give us a way back to him. Extending an invitation is transformative, redemptive work. It changes everything. One of the best invitations I ever received, happened on Christmas Eve in a small church in a tiny […]

Beyond The Myth of Scarcity

By Trudy Smith Growing up in upper-middle class American suburbia, Thanksgiving was usually the day that we ate so much our stomachs hurt—seconds and thirds and dessert, as much as we wanted, because it was a feast day. And although Thanksgiving was a special meal because it brought my extended family together for a big […]

Note To Self: Always Flirt With Chinese Grandma At Bus Stop

There’s a small chip on my front tooth. I’ve had it fixed, but it’s so tiny, the repair doesn’t last. So, I smile with my chipped tooth and my eyes scrunched up and I see laugh lines with this haircut that showcases my whole wrinkly forehead. And I don’t care. I like that my face […]