Sunlight + Prophetic Imagination = Revolution

When I was a little girl I used to spread out on my back under trees and watch the sunlight tickle the tips of the leaves. Their shadows would flutter across my face and ripple down my arms in a flurry of fantastic patterns. And then, as the sun slowly arced and bent, my eyes […]

Be Bold For Change

I’ll never forget the day when my husband told me he had to go on a trip, so he needed me to teach our Bible Study group. To him it seemed like such a simple request. When I promptly told him I wasn’t going to teach it, he was quite taken aback and became insistent […]

Waking Up Is Hard to Do

By Gina Butz | @gina_butz In the last decade, God has been calling me to be awake in my soul. But what does that mean? Several years ago, God used a simple drawing by my ten-year-old to teach me. We were eleven years into an overseas mission assignment, and had to say goodbye to dear friends with whom […]

An Ode to My Sister, the Great Blue Heron

I was on a winter hike with my husband when I saw a great blue heron. We had walked half a mile around the lakeshore in silence when I glimpsed her slender figure poised at the water’s edge, waiting for food. She was quiet, intent, completely still. She stood this way for whole minutes at a […]

Chasing a Dream in the Midst and in the Afters

I have a confession for you: sometimes I used to get so mad at the Inklings. I have felt resentful because C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and all these other writers, real writers, had luxuries like housekeepers and pubs and colleagues and writing cabins and a way to pay their bills, they had creature comforts […]