Apologies are hard. When you have to own up to your mess and admit you’ve done something wrong, it can be difficult to find the humility and vulnerability necessary to say you’re sorry. Which explains why so many recent apologies have been criticized as anemic, lacking genuine remorse. Many have asked, in the wake of… Continue reading The Apology Paige Patterson Should Have Given
I’m in such an interesting season of life. It’s a season where I can only write in vague generalities, but I need to write nonetheless. It’s tricky telling a story with no details, only the lessons being learned. But goodness, there are lessons being learned. I’m learning that I can have grace and still have… Continue reading Lessons Learned
I come from a holiness background. Goodness, those are loaded words. “Holiness” is a loaded word in the evangelical world. It’s a great word, don’t get me wrong. It’s what we’re called to, to be holy as God is holy. It’s what the Christian heart longs for. It’s what God is doing in us. But… Continue reading When You Fail
A fresh start. An opportunity. Your year. A time to start over. Resolutions. Commitments. A clean slate. A new you. #Goals It’s New Year’s Eve, the time that everyone decides how they plan to make the next year better than the last one, what we’ll do to improve ourselves or our lives. And then of… Continue reading Resolve
Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a performance of Handel’s Messiah for the first time. It was at a small university auditorium with a small ensemble and orchestra, the soloists from our local opera program. And it was magnificent (and free). I don’t often get opportunities to go to such events, and… Continue reading Before the Hallelujah
The Church of the Nazarene holds a General Assembly every four years to celebrate the work of God in our mission of “Making Disciples of All Nations” and to make decisions about how to lead the Church of the Nazarene for the future. Delegates are voting members of the Assembly and come from all over… Continue reading To the Delegates of Nazarene General Assembly 2017
Writing about the Machine, I realized I was writing about two different facets of the issue. I really didn’t want to delete this part from that piece, but it would have really been all over the place if I hadn’t. So I made a whole new post for just this issue. The issue that most… Continue reading The Jen Hatmaker thing.