Outside the Evangelical Bubble

By Sheli Massie | Twitter: @sheligeoghanmas I have never felt more out of place than I do with “Christians.” My first year in high school, I tried out for the color guard. Now, keep in mind I have about as much coordination as a two-year-old waking up from a nap with head cold, but there I […]

Out Here on the Brink of Eternity

It’s lonelier than I imagined, this aging thing. I remember being impatient with my dad when we pushed my parents to move from their much-loved last home, built 15 years earlier, into a retirement community a little bit closer to us. He was suffering from Parkinson’s and atherosclerosis and my mom was wearing herself out […]

Social Justice Disrupts our Nice Christian Lives

Recently, in a conversation with someone about social justice and the church, I was told this: “Justice is incidental to the gospel.” I was dumbfounded. I’m a pretty smart woman and if that word, incidental, means what I think it means, then I just discovered a very wide chasm between my understanding of the gospel […]

The Sacrament of Ordinary Work

I had no idea how much stock I put in prestige until it was taken away. For more than a decade I was Senior Editor at a large non-profit. It was a title that has prestige built right into it. When you say “Senior Editor,” people automatically have a pretty decent idea of what you […]

Women’s Work

I sat at my dining room table this summer running massive amounts of thick grey fabric through the sewing machine. I thought of my mother and my grandmother before me. I remembered the work they had done for their churches on their sewing machines as their children and grandchildren looked on. Well, maybe less “looked […]