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On prejudice

“My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if someone comes into your assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, do you pay attention to the finely dressed and say: “You sit here in a […]

How Perfectionism distorts the gospel

I wrote a little piece on perfectionism for my local writers connection posted on their blog today: Scrolling through work emails I click on the one titled: ALL EMPLOYEES MUST READ! A pep rally type announcement opens, announcing this year’s grand mission: eliminating all errors.  Zero mistakes in the workplace, please! Sounds achievable in theory, […]

XV: Not praying for the wall to fall

After a little break in December I am returning to the blog series “Behind the Wall & Under the Steeple- Growing up Christian in East Germany”. Which is a super-long title and I recently learned that long titles are out. Recent and popular books often feature one or two word titles. I have not been […]

Behind the Wall & Under the Steeple IV: Church

After my parents got married, we started going to church. My father had attended a faith based seminar, where a dynamic speaker delivers bible truth one persuasive slide at a time. Dad was hooked, rapidly absorbing amazing facts and dragging my mother along to meetings. In the end, both decided to commit their lives to […]

Behind the Wall & Under the Steeple III: The new life

In July, my parents got married. It was a private affair, pledging a lifetime of love a second time. After the court house, dad set up a makeshift tripod in our bedroom. It felt strange to have a new man in our most intimate space, even stranger to know him as the real father. I wondered why […]

Behind the Wall & Under the Steeple II: Divorce

Mother kept me home for three years because she didn’t buy into communist indoctrinated professionals being better suited to care for young children than parents. In East Germany, mothers were strongly encouraged to return to work after a one year maternity leave. Their kids would surely thrive in state run facilities and especially benefit from […]

Behind the Wall & Under the Steeple I: Beginnings

  I was born in the dead of winter, ten days after Christmas when people are worn out from parties and ready to start a diet or go lift some weights.   My mother would often say: “The day you were born was the best day of my life.” I was born into love, into […]

Why I am not writing a book but am telling my story

In April I met with a couple of mentors at a writers conference who encouraged me to write a book. How crazy, I thought. Writers probably tell everyone to write a book just like runners tell friends they too should sign up for a marathon. Misery loves company. As a child, I dreamed of becoming an author, writing […]

How I memorized the book of James

Three years ago I memorized the book of James. It was an impulse decision, a gut level response to an optional challenge in bible study. Blame postpartum hormones or lack of sleep, but an unexpectedly wave of desire to memorize an entire book of scripture knocked me off my feet. This challenge is for you and you can totally do this, I […]

Fear is not a family value

We kissed our firstborn Good-Bye a couple hours before sunrise today because airfare favors early mornings nearly as much as our ten year old. I don’t think I slept all night, I was so excited, he tells us while bouncing out of bed. It’s his first big trip without us- visiting grandparents and cousins in Arkansas. He’s […]