Social Issues

When I can’t believe in the Church

Every now and then, when my doubts start to gang up on me, I skim through Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter to be reminded, Oh, this is why I chose Christianity. These are the reasons I'm still here. I stand by those reasons. My faith is generally strengthened by hardship, because it's when I lean… Continue reading When I can’t believe in the Church

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Theology

What is my “ministry”?

This post originally appeared on Tim Fall's blog. Some people have a clear idea of how God will “use” them, especially if they came to faith from a struggle like drinking, drugs, or some kind of abuse. They know exactly who their audience is. The words come naturally and with ease. I follow lots of… Continue reading What is my “ministry”?

Theology, Writing & Publishing

Grieving for Jewish relatives in an evangelical church

Josh took on the task of shopping for a new church during the summer I went back to Ohio to take care of Dad. One Sunday he sent me a text: This pastor is British and snarky. You’ll love this place! Well. How could I say no to that?
 When I returned to Colorado that… Continue reading Grieving for Jewish relatives in an evangelical church

Theology, Writing & Publishing

Living in a gefilte fish bowl

I’ve joked before that few things make me feel more Jewish than being in church. People chuckle, but it’s true. Having that background, even if it’s no longer my religion, makes me stand out. It's not like it's a big secret, but when people find out, suddenly I'm a spectacle. My Christian friends in Campus… Continue reading Living in a gefilte fish bowl

Theology, Writing & Publishing

From “too Jewish” to “too Christian”

On the first day of Sociology class my junior year of college, I arrived a few minutes early. Selecting a seat at the back of the auditorium, I quietly read my bible. Soon I was interrupted by a tap on my shoulder and a voice that chirped, “Whatcha readin’?” This intrusion by a complete stranger… Continue reading From “too Jewish” to “too Christian”

Theology, Writing & Publishing

Learning the language of Christian culture

When I was in seminary (a rather impulsive decision after college, thinking God was calling me to faith-based counseling), I joined an on-campus Bible study. I remember sitting on the floor of my friend Isabel’s living room, munching on frosted cookies and sipping lemonade, thinking that the dainty yellow plates and flowered napkins were an… Continue reading Learning the language of Christian culture

Theology, Writing & Publishing

Important announcement about ‘Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter’

I often joke that it was a bad idea to publish a memoir at the age of 22 because the shiny, child-like faith I had back then is now frozen in time. I’ve evolved quite a bit since, but only those who know me personally are aware of that. My readers are not. If I… Continue reading Important announcement about ‘Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter’

Social Issues, Theology, Writing & Publishing

It’s okay to change your mind

I'm no longer the same person I was when I wrote Confessions a Prodigal Daughter, yet it continues to be my best-selling book. There was a purpose for the journey I had made up until that point, and I'm grateful that it still speaks to people today. But back then, my belief system was as… Continue reading It’s okay to change your mind

Theology, Writing & Publishing

My first podcast

Last week I had the opportunity and privilege to appear on The Daily Author podcast, with host Richard Keller of Wooden Pants Publishing. I answered questions about the indie publishing process (a term I prefer over "self publishing," because no one truly publishes anything by themselves!) and about my two memoirs, Confessions of a Prodigal… Continue reading My first podcast

Theology

A fresh look at the parable of the prodigal son

It must be pretty obvious that I have a soft spot in my heart for the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32, seeing as I named my memoir after it. The parable is about two sons who work for their father. The younger one asks his father for his share of the inheritance… Continue reading A fresh look at the parable of the prodigal son