Four Myths Regarding the Current Public Discussion of Mars Hill

Four Myths Regarding the Current Public Discussion of Mars Hill

This week my Facebook feed exploded with discussions about Mars Hill Church and its senior leadership, which quickly turned into a debate on several threads over the nature of such discussions happening on Facebook (or anywhere public, for that matter).

As I read through it all like a gawker who can’t look away from a highway pile-up, I noticed four myths about conflict in the church that I’d like to debunk.

Why It’s a Good Idea to Re-Write the Bible.

Why It’s a Good Idea to Re-Write the Bible.

By day, I write other people’s stories. I consult with startups, small businesses, and enterprise companies about what problem they’re solving in the world, and I help them tell a story that other people can see themselves in — because when people can see themselves in your story, they’re more invested in you. This is what Jesus sent his followers out in the world to do – to tell the story of how God rescues us, so that no matter…

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My Easy & Automated Monthly Meal Plan

My Easy & Automated Monthly Meal Plan

I once heard that Steve Jobs wore a black turtleneck every day so he didn’t spend any decision-making or creative energy choosing an outfit. I don’t know if that’s true, but it explains why I got tired of figuring out what to make for dinner every night. When I started working again four years ago, I needed a way to simplify meal planning and shorten dinner prep time, because figuring out what to make each night and what to buy…

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Do You Journal?

Do You Journal?

Last summer I tried to pick up journalling again. It’s something I’ve done since childhood, but after I started blogging in 2005, I put more of my thoughts here than in a private little book. Journalling allows me to be more raw; I can let the crazy out and not worry about lasting implications on the internet. But even in that freedom, I still feel stuck. Which brings me to you. Do you journal? With paper and pen or an…

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It Doesn’t Take a Brain Surgeon To Set Me Straight

It Doesn’t Take a Brain Surgeon To Set Me Straight

I found this post in my drafts folder from last Fall & decided it was ready to post. The other day I heard a RadioLab podcast about a guy who had brain surgery to relieve him of seizures. A portion his brain was removed that acts like a “lid” on top of the desire center in his brain. This lid helps people filter and control their deep desires and impulses, like a conscience, or impulse control. Without this “lid,” he…

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2013 Everyday (ish)

2013 Everyday (ish)

This year I had fun playing around with the Everyday App for iPhone, which prompts you to take a photo of yourself daily, then compiles all the photos into a movie. See below for my movie, or click here to view it on YouTube. Tweet

Photo Essay of 2012

Photo Essay of 2012

Since 2013 is nearly over, I thought it was fitting that I post my unfinished year end photo essay from 2012. It was a really great idea that I spent one evening working on, but apparently taking TWO evenings to work on it was asking too much. I hated that it was sitting unappreciated in my drafts folder, so in the spirit of “perfect is the enemy of done,” here is a five month photo essay from 2012: Tweet

Thanksgiving Break(down)

Thanksgiving Break(down)

This kids were out of school for the entire week of Thanksgiving to accommodate parent/teacher conferences. Even though my brain understood it was only three extra days off, my survival mechanism kicked it in as OH MAH GAH IT’S SUMMER VACATION ALL OVER AGAIN. On Wednesday there was a mutiny over my refusal to pull out the Christmas decorations while also prepping a meal that involved 20 pounds of meat and more side dishes than I make in a week….

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dress for all seasons

dress for all seasons

When the weather turned, I thought I would have to say goodbye to my favorite summer dress. And then I remembered I live in Seattle, where all I have to do is swap out the sandals for boots. Tweet

Dinner Tonight: Party Wings with Thai Peanut Sauce

Dinner Tonight: Party Wings with Thai Peanut Sauce

One way to make everyone in my family happy at dinner time is to grill or broil a hunk of meat seasoned with salt and pepper. Steak, pork chops, any part of a chicken, you name it… if it’s crispy and salted, they will love it. On loosey-goosey dinner nights when we don’t have the time or desire to set the table and all that jazz, I like to broil party wings. I can usually fit an entire frozen package…

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Peace Over Pieces

Peace Over Pieces

The other day I learned (from Tim Keller!) that the Greek word for anxiety – marimna – means “to be in pieces” or to have a divided mind with too many goals. One example of its use is in the Mary and Martha story. I always hear this passage preached with the warning to not be too busy to enjoy Jesus. These sermons irritate me because I wonder: Who’s going to do All The Things if everyone’s sitting around appreciating…

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That’s Not My Name, Dammit.

That’s Not My Name, Dammit.

Lately I’ve been struggling to sort out in my head what is Truth and what is a Lie. It’s been a deep, debilitating struggle, actually, in which I feel like I’m going insane. This is obviously putting stress on my family relationships. After all, if I assume you’re lying to me, then it stands to reason I should crush you with my anger. I am thankful for a patient husband and friends who come to the rescue with chicken pot…

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Keeping Our Kids Safe Online – Part 1

Keeping Our Kids Safe Online – Part 1

One evening a couple weeks ago, Ruthie’s friend called and said, “Go on your Google hangout!” Ruthie didn’t know what that was, so Bryan set up her own account on the family computer in the living room, and within a few minutes we were flies on the wall to a pre-teen conversation. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect: I had just heard Katie Greer speak about keeping our kids safe online, and I felt ready for this moment. I…

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