Permission to Be Loved

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We sat around the table on a Monday afternoon eating turkey sandwiches when my friend said, I’m bisexual. Um, please pass the honey mustard? It might have been the last place I expected our conversation to go that day. I felt honored when he trusted me with this part of his story. I listened and listened […]

Juicy Conversations: Kelley and Idelette Talk about Dangerous Women

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A few months ago, a Walter Brueggemann sermon sparked a conversation between these two friends, Kelley Nikondeha and Idelette McVicker. Both have shared this week how that idea has taken shape in their hearts. On Monday, Idelette wrote: God Needs Dangerous Women? And Tuesday, Kelley wrote: Why Dangerous? Today, Idelette and Kelley invite us into a […]

God Needs Dangerous Women?

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I’m learning that out of ordinary friendship, the most extraordinary—and potentially dangerous—alliance is possible. Last year, I spent five days with one such holy alliance: my friend Kelley Nikondeha. We talk almost every day. It’s a friendship in which we sharpen each other, encourage each other and talk a lot about how to live out […]

Don’t You Think Small

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I stood in a basement church in Taipei when someone spoke these words to me: Don’t you think small. More than 15 years later, those words still rumble in the belly of my soul like the roar of a volcano. They come to me when I’m making plans and when I want to quit. They […]

Was Jesus Successful?

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“What are you most afraid of?” She aimed the question at me right in the midst of our conversation. I thought she was asking a rhetorical question—not really expecting an answer from me—but she kept quiet and her eyes rested on me. I was visiting Dorothea at her apartment on a Wednesday morning in the […]