What Does the Lord Require of You?

My theological studies brought a question into my life that has subsequently guided my footsteps, influencing and shaping my decisions around vocation and living, in general, for the last seven years. It is a question found in two passages in the Old Testament, once in Deuteronomy and once in Micah.  This question, on both occasions, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Change My Name, God

“I told Jesus be alright if you change my name … if you change my name.” —Roberta Flack “Christianity hasn’t been tried and found empty … it has been found difficult and left untried.” —G.K. Chesterton I started seminary this fall. The three-year-long whisper-turned-roar led me to apply when I gathered the courage to open my […]

Kick Up, Not Down

There are few things more stressful in life than getting on a bus with a stroller and a baby. Job interviews? Public speeches? They have nothing on the stress of folding your stroller with one hand, holding your baby with the other hand, holding your shopping (presumably with the third hand you brought with you […]