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 […]

A Dirt Path and the Beginning of Hope

When people saw my mother in those years, they remarked how healthy she looked, how strong, how not-sick. “You would never know she has terminal cancer,” they said. Their astonishment rang like praise for the upbeat patient smiling through her pain. I understood their cognitive dissonance. Her tenacity felt larger than life to me, superhuman […]

The Gotcha Gospel

There’s an advice column that has been going around the internet for years. Who knows if it was true at some point or not, but the story goes like this: There’s a sister who plans a shopping trip each year for several relatives who are married and have kids, just like herself. And every year […]