Why It’s OK to Have Mouthy Women in Your Church

Why It’s OK to Have Mouthy Women in Your Church

When I was little, I was taught Jesus loved me because the Bible told me so. Little ones to him belong. I was the weak one; he was the strong one. When I was baptized, I was taught that I now lived a life to be modeled by his, dying to self and beginning a new life....
Power of Beauty Cuts Through What Divides Us

Power of Beauty Cuts Through What Divides Us

“The world will be saved by beauty!” Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote that, Dorothy Day quoted it, and centuries before Jesus, Confucius made it central to his pedagogy. They were on to something. Beauty is a special language that cuts through and sidelines all the things that...
‘Love, a Tiara and a Cupcake’

‘Love, a Tiara and a Cupcake’

Susan Sparks has created a profound book of faith wrapped in humor with her latest publication, Love, a Tiara and a Cupcake. Melding her many talents as a lawyer, stand-up comedian and preacher (she is pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City), Sparks...
Why Laughter Will Fill the Church’s Future

Why Laughter Will Fill the Church’s Future

Plenty of trends look tough for the future of the church. We read about the rise of the “nones” who have no affiliation with a faith tradition, much less a church. We see the decline in attendance across mainline and evangelical churches. We wonder, “Will giving hold...
Lessons from the Legend of C.B. Pierce

Lessons from the Legend of C.B. Pierce

My great-grandfather, Calvin Berry Pierce, was a strapping man who wasn’t particularly patient, so my dad told me during one of our front porch conversations many years ago. Therefore, I’m living proof that a less-than-positive trait can travel at least four...