Scandal: You’re Not Immune (Part 2)

Last week I shared some thoughts last week about this tsunami of sexual harassment situations… and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.  Two days ago, Michigan Congressman John Conyers resigned following a series of allegations.  Today, Minnesota Senator Al Franken was scheduled to release a statement, and the indications are that he, too, will resign.  These transgressions are by no …

Scandal: You’re Not Immune (Part 2) Read More »

Scandal: You’re Not Immune

As I sipped my coffee yesterday, I pulled up the news on my phone and saw the latest shocker:  Matt Lauer fired from his job as one of the anchors of NBC’s Today Show.  Harvey, then Kevin, then Charlie… a head-spinning series of downfalls of prominent men, especially in the world of politics, entertainment and media.  Both female and male …

Scandal: You’re Not Immune Read More »

Giving Thanks for Everything

As many of you know, I have a little two-year old friend living with me.  It’s been an adjustment transforming from a single, carefree woman to a mama of a toddler.  Though at times it’s been tough, it’s also brought a lot of laughs and smiles too.  What I didn’t anticipate was how much this little boy would teach me. …

Giving Thanks for Everything Read More »

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

Academically speaking, I am an above average test taker. I have a good memory, study well, and don’t panic when I sit down in front of a test. Years of experience have taught me that I can face a test for which I am prepared with confidence. But I am still afraid of tests. In my experience, most people are …

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail Read More »

Grafted In

Every spring and summer I like to pretend that I have a green thumb.  I plant a somewhat elaborate vegetable garden.  And then the reality sets in.  When half of my plants die off, I realize that my thumb isn’t green at all.  I’m not sure what color it is, but it’s definitely not green!  But I’m thankful that our …

Grafted In Read More »

Shame & Repentance

Shame is a powerful motivator. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton learned this the hard way a few weeks ago when he was disrespectful towards and dismissive of a female reporter’s question, simply because she is a woman in the masculine world of pro football. After 24 hours of dominating the news cycle, and being denounced by anyone within shouting distance …

Shame & Repentance Read More »

#YOUTOO?

Like many of you, I’ve sampled the sad string of news stories that have recently come out concerning allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault involving a Hollywood mogul.  I couldn’t help thinking of surgery-analogy; something that has festered under the surface for years, is now being exposed so it can be excised.  It’s painful, not only for the people …

#YOUTOO? Read More »

Saints & Criticism

 Starting a new job can be awkward to say the least. On the one hand, you want to be authentic and on the other, you want to be absolutely perfect and adored by all. Sadly, in a fallen world they don’t quite go together. Right now, I’m honeymooning (with joy I might add) but in due time, the criticisms will …

Saints & Criticism Read More »

How to Make Sense of…Anything

When I arrived at GRC in 2004, everything was simpler.  No church office, only a few part-time staff doing their thing from home, one service on Sundays, a skinny ministry calendar that majored on Growth Groups.  And with fewer opportunities to see our 50 members, I decided to share a weekly blog-like email, “From the Pastor’s Desk.”  Since then, we’ve …

How to Make Sense of…Anything Read More »

Scroll to Top