Category: identity

Living in Grace

There is nothing that shows me God’s grace more that old reformed hymns. “Jesus Lover of My Soul” “Friend of Sinners” “Pensive Doubting Fearful Heart“. I love how they shows my need for grace as it reveals the sin in my heart. They reveal… Continue Reading “Living in Grace”


Before I arrived at seminary, I came from a very performance-driven life. Deadlines to meet, worship services to churn out (forgive the crudeness of the term), songs to learn and teach, bible studies to work on, bible studies to lead, projects to finish… I… Continue Reading “Performance”

Blog Action Day

All kingdoms fall, said one of my seminary professors a month ago. “Even the United States.” Then the Dow went down. And down. And even further down. We are not a nation in poverty. We are a nation of gluttons – high on credit,… Continue Reading “Blog Action Day”

A Path Laid Out Before Me

One of the best things about Covenant Theological Seminary is the Spiritual Ministry Formation class. It is here where students in the MDiv and MAEM programs are subjected to personality test after personality test, then a serious amount of personal reflection in order to… Continue Reading “A Path Laid Out Before Me”

Faith, Politics and the New Conservative

For well over a year now, I’ve been tossing around in my head this term: “New Conservative” – those of us with Baby Boomers for parents and were raised in the 80s decade of excess. We were cynical in the grunge decade of the… Continue Reading “Faith, Politics and the New Conservative”

My Theological Worldview

What’s your theological worldview?created with You scored as Emergent/Postmodern You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don’t think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we… Continue Reading “My Theological Worldview”

Christmas Confession

I’m a total geek, I must confess. I was baking Christmas cookies at a friends house and he had a mixed CD of Josh Groban Christmas songs playing. “O Holy Night”, the best traditional Christmas song ever written in my opinion, was on the… Continue Reading “Christmas Confession”

I was tagged… forever ago.

This is a little late… Kansas Bob tagged me, asked me to give “8 Random Facts About Myself” and gave me the following instructions: I have to post these rules before I give you the facts. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about… Continue Reading “I was tagged… forever ago.”

The Dichotomy of Country Music

I spent Sunday afternoon in our family farm’s shop, refinishing a dresser I found at a local antique store. I’m a farmer’s daughter, yes, and certainly what some would call a “country girl”. But most who know me are surprised when they find this… Continue Reading “The Dichotomy of Country Music”

Acceptance and Approval

All my life I’ve wanted to be “special”. (No, not that way.) I remember going through flip book after flip book with the special education teacher back in the first grade. And I tried so hard to get them all right. I wanting nothing… Continue Reading “Acceptance and Approval”