What an Australian Bushfire Taught Me About Faith

By Madeline Twooney When l was six years old, l experienced my first bushfire. I grew up in Victoria, Australia, in a set of low rural mountain ranges called the Dandenongs about 35km east of Melbourne. That summer had been a real scorcher, with little rainfall and strong winds. The majestic eucalyptus gums that surrounded […]

Nothing Worse than Being Ordinary?

By Shelbi Anderson Gesch Do you think I’m ordinary?   When she asks this question, Angela, the superficial, too-beautiful-to-be-real girl in the movie American Beauty embodies the darkest, deepest pain inside me. I hated her—until that scene at the end of the movie, where she nearly gets what she wants, and then comes to the […]

We Grieve and Then We Hope

By Gina Butz | twitter: @gina_butz “I don’t know if I’ll ever find what I have right now again. There’s just so much that’s unknown.” That was our son’s deep cry as we talked one night. He’s slogging through the final weeks of his senior year of high school, staring down freshman year at one […]

Sixty Days

By: Erin Thomas | Twitter: @erinthomas_123   Sixty days. Last Thursday marked sixty long, hard-won days free of the Beast. Hi, my name’s Erin and I’m a recovering addict. When I was twenty-six years old, I had been working with abandoned children and infants in the beautiful country of Romania. Upon my return, I experienced a […]

How Do We Hold Space for the Church AND Those Who Have Been Hurt by the Church?

How do we hold space for the Church and those who have been hurt by the Church at the same time? That question was posed to me recently. Yeah, no big deal. Simple answer. Whatever. Are you kidding me? This question is at the core of something I have been wrestling with for months. I […]