Tag Archive | Christianity

Jesus the Vintner

Jesus the Vintner

Last Sunday, I was assigned to teach John 2:1–12. That’s the wedding at Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine. Why would John give us this story about Jesus as a wine-maker? He is the only Gospel writer who tells this story. Why do we even have four gospels? Wouldn’t one suffice? Nope. When a […]

The True and Better YA Hero

The True and Better YA Hero

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart Sometimes I feel like my husband can read my mind. He can ask me, “Do you want McDonald’s or Burger King?” and tell which I want by the expression on my face. It’s nice. Of course, he loses this ability when my thoughts are hormonally irrational or so tangled up in […]

St. Nicholas vs. the Heretic

St. Nicholas vs. the Heretic

Every year as Christmas comes around, I’m reminded of that great story about jolly old St. Nick, who gave a heretic a punch in the face. As the story goes, during the Council of Nicea, while the church fathers were hammering out the creed that states Jesus Christ is “of one Being with the Father,” […]

Living In-Between

Living In-Between

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart On the way home from an OB/GYN visit, I got sick of it. Not the stellar hospital at which I chose to give birth. Not my informed, well-researched decision to try for natural childbirth. But trying to hold both of them together, one beside the other. Hospital staff could be insultingly […]

Growing Up Geeky

Growing Up Geeky

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart The world has been kind to geeks recently. These days, with our childhood comics being revamped into blockbusters, Star Trek and Star Wars getting J. J. Abrams, and ThinkGeek delivering our once-impossible-to-find fandom paraphernalia to our doors, we’re living in a geek’s paradise. But I remember a time it wasn’t so […]

When ‘a Future with Hope’ Fades

When ‘a Future with Hope’ Fades

A friend who’s in the midst of a dreadful situation admitted that Jeremiah 29:11, a verse she had clung to in her youth, now seemed unbelievable. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.—Jeremiah 29:11 […]

This Is Not a Penguin 

This Is Not a Penguin 

This is not a penguin. It’s a duck. And no amount of arguing can get my seven-year-old to say otherwise. There’s that old adage, “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, swims like a duck…” This little guy has feathers, waddles, and he’s an aquatic bird. But he’s not a duck. And if […]