Summer Shorts

Family / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Spirituality / Work and Rest

In a moment of general regret my husband said: “I’m sorry.” He was looking at me with tears in his eyes. I thought he…

Leaving All, Gaining All

Community / Faith / Family / Maturity and Flourishing / Safe Place / Spirituality

Author’s note: This was originally delivered as a talk at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL on April 1, 2011, as part of a series of…

Psalms in the Dark

Family / Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Work and Rest

I’ve always thought of myself as intuitive because that is how I score on all personality tests. It is supposed to bless me with…

Using Words to Wound Instead of Heal

Community / Family / Maturity and Flourishing

It is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then…

To Be Where You Are

Community / Creation / Family / Ordinary Life

Spring was cancer season for friends. (You might want to cancel friendship with us.) When Kosmo (Carol Kosmicke) began to experience little seizures and…

Youth Culture and Growing Up

Community / Faith / Family / Maturity and Flourishing / Pluralistic World

It is impossible to think about “growing up” in modern America without considering the role of the “youth culture” which every young person—even those…

Marriage: Is There a Place Between Cynicism and Idolatry?

Family / Ordinary Life / Scripture / Spirituality

Marriage is universal. As Christians, we know why. Genesis tells us that God created it at the very beginning of his creation of humanity.…

Homosexuality: Speaking the Truth in Love

Community / Creation / Family / Hospitality / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

There are few issues that have generated more political heat and extreme rhetoric, more anger and hatred, confusion and pain, than the issue of…