Heavy Boy, Light Girl

I overheard a girl, upper elementary, medium length jet black hair. In Chinese she asks her mother, “What does it mean to be ‘heavy-boy-light-girl?’” I winced and turned my head, unwilling to look into the eyes of an innocent child while her mother explained. “Heavy-boy-light-girl” is a Chinese proverb to encapsulate the worldview that men […]

Slowly, Then All At Once

The Kingdom of God is slow. I tell this to myself whenever I’m feeling frustrated with my lack of progress in any particular area, or when I read the news and wish I could change the world. Whenever I’m starting anything new, my instinct is for quick results, something tangible. You can get an app […]

Setting Aside Whiteness to Be Holy

By Velynn Brown | Twitter: @gospelrainsong “There are white people and then there are holy people,” she said. My 15-year-old daughter was spilling out wide, like a dropped gallon of milk on a fresh-mopped floor. Every contained ounce of emotion she had bottled up inside flooded out. She loosed her pain and anger; I let […]

Dangerous Women = Good News for Girls!

Well, let me just put this on the table: every Good News for Girls column could be called “Dangerous Women!” This month I celebrate each dangerous woman whose story we get to share, and each one living dangerously in a quiet way. Meet Perna Devi (above)—elected official in her Indian village, leader, world changer! Claudia knits […]

God Needs Dangerous Women?

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 […]