When Your Dreams Do Come True: Reflections on Five Years as an Author

When Your Dreams Do Come True: Reflections on Five Years as an Author

I’m speechless. Well, sort of. Y’all know that can’t be totally true, because it’s hard to get me to shut up. But today, October 1, 2018, five years after the release of my interfaith memoir Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of a How a Christian Minister Married 

Come Breathe and Sabbath with Upper Room Books at the Wild Goose Festival

Come Breathe and Sabbath with Upper Room Books at the Wild Goose Festival

The annual Wild Goose Festival is less than one week away! Fred and I are delighted to join Upper Room Books authors Hannah Shanks, Whitney Simpson, and Kristen Vincent, as well as Acquisitions Editor Joanna Bradley for this year’s fun. If you’re headed to the festival for 

Unplug for Good Friday’s Sake: A Time to Quiet the Noise

Unplug for Good Friday’s Sake: A Time to Quiet the Noise

Lent 2018 officially ends with Maundy Thursday, when we remember Jesus’s last meal with his friends.   You may remember that I pledged to keep “Tech Shabbats,” this Lent, a 24-hour periodin which I’d put away my smartphone. Guess how that went? It’s hard to 

Why Is It So Hard to Practice What You Preach?

Why Is It So Hard to Practice What You Preach?

Remember the famous Biblical proverb from Luke 4:34, “Physician, heal thyself!”? Well, I’m in need of my own #ForSabbathsSake medicine. Last weekend, Fred and I sabbathed with the amazing Myers Park Baptist Church for their 75th Jubilee Year Inter-Generational Retreat. Through three sessions, five worship 

The Key to Curbing Your Smartphone Addiction in the Digital Age? Lenten Sabbaths

The Key to Curbing Your Smartphone Addiction in the Digital Age? Lenten Sabbaths

The February after Fred and I started dating in December 2008, I told him I was preparing for Lent. “Lint?” He asked. “Lent.” I said. “Lint? Like pocket lint?” I laughed. “Sort of … but L-E-N-T.” Lent and lint? They actually do have something in 

Why Winter is Hard—and How Sabbath Can Help

Why Winter is Hard—and How Sabbath Can Help

By the time you read this, I’ll be on a cruise ship, recovering from North Carolina’s record-breaking snow. It’s a much-needed reprieve from only a month’s worth of winter, one that even a balmy 60-degree weekend couldn’t melt in the shadowy places. As much as