Love Category

God Help Us – Inherent Value


  As we become more aware of our inherent value, we’re going to start respecting the inherent essence of everybody else around us. Isaac Archuleta – therapist, writer, speaker, founder of iAmClinic, and executive director of spiritual and relational formation at Q Christian Fellowship – joins Annie to talk about desire, its relationship with shame, […]

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God Help Us – Homophobia


Christianity is (supposedly) all about love and acceptance, yet some of the loudest homophobic groups in our political arena are Christian. Today on God Help Us, Heather Juul – a lesbian Christian woman – shares her coming out story and reflects on her faith. Subscribe via iTunes or Google Play or stream episodes here. To […]

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A Defiant Love – Part 1


A Narrative of the Holy Trinity’s Posture Toward Humanity Jehovah stood on the Mount of Olives, gazing out over the city below, tears streaming down his face. He turned to Sophia as he heard her quiet footsteps on the path behind him and choked on a sob as he took in the sight of her: […]

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A Defiant Love – Part 2


A Narrative of the Holy Trinity’s Posture Toward Humanity Read Part 1 here. Emotionally frayed, the Three entered the garden and Sophia and Jehovah gently laid Joanna down on a plush chaise longue in her favorite shady grove. Sophia waited only a beat before turning on Jehovah once again, shoving him hard and yelling, “You […]

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A Defiant Love – Part 3


A Narrative of the Holy Trinity’s Posture Toward Humanity Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. As the two stood holding one another, Joanna’s voice rose next to them, softly and clearly, “I’m going back.” Sophia and Jehovah turned slowly toward her. “You can’t be serious,” Jehovah said while Sophia’s mouth hung open in […]

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A Failure of an Evangelist


Sitting around the dining room table with friends, a bottle of wine, a communal plate of brownies, and Settlers of Catan spread before us. A lot of really great news has been shared at that table: Getting into graduate school. Deciding not to move to Minnesota. Putting an offer on a house for the first […]

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The Light in the Darkness


Yesterday was the first day of Advent and during her sermon my pastor looked over at the Advent wreath with its single flame and commented on the hope of knowing that similar candles are lit all over the world. She reminded the congregation that these candles we light—in addition to being festive—symbolize Christ’s presence in […]

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Anxious Anticipation


Here’s a post I wrote for my church as part of their daily Advent reflections. Enjoy! Last night I sat around a wooden stool with three other women from Union as we read scripture and poetry and lit candles in memory of women of faith–our predecessors and our contemporaries–who have suffered from violence. As we […]

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Treats and Snoozin’. Snoozin’ and Treats.


On Thursday, September 20, after nearly 14 years of love and napping, we said good-bye to Donald Dog. From the time he was a small pup, Donald spent approximately 85% of his time laying on the heating vents around the house, warm to the touch and a bit dehydrated, but snug as a bug. Often […]

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Smitten


My church just started a blog, so I wrote a little something about how I came to be there, and how I decided to stay. Here it is! In the fall of 2007 I studied abroad in Argentina and had my first small-church experience. I was the first to arrive for worship on my first […]

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