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Jesus, Baptism, and Me Guide

While teaching the lesson on the baptism of Jesus recently I was reminded of raising five children and the questions they had about their own baptism. I wrote this short guide in hopes that it will be a blessing for other parents who are struggling with whether now is the right time for their child […]

Continue Reading 1 comment April 6th, 2020

Blending, God’s Way

I’ll never forget the day my fiancé and I sat in the preacher’s office. The minister’s exact words to me were, “You’re never going to love his kids the way he does,” and then he turned toward my soon to be husband and said, “You’re never going to love her kids the way she does.” […]

Continue Reading Add comment March 4th, 2019

A Call to Worship in the Face of Fear

I drove my seventeen year old to school the other morning. I haven’t been able to do that since she got her driver’s license so it was a nice reminder of how life used to be. About a mile from the school we saw the banners reminding us that going to school is not a casual […]

Continue Reading 1 comment February 26th, 2018

What Do We Know of Holy?

  A young woman preaches grace and truth and receives death threats from other Christians. College students are hurt by their school and then wounded even more on social media by other Christians. A preacher spends weeks agonizing over a sermon, praying it will bring glory to God and encourage the Kingdom only to be […]

Continue Reading 1 comment September 18th, 2017

What We Have to Do

    I received this note from a kid at school the other day. I especially like the second line. “I love God and Jesus so you have to love God and Jesus.” I can hear her attitude loud and clear and it cracks me up. This sweet, innocent child of God has some bad […]

Continue Reading Add comment May 18th, 2017

Why Today Matters

  December 30th may not mean anything special to you but it holds a great deal of significance to me. My father passed away on this day in 1980. It also marks the anniversary of my mother’s death in 1990.   The end of each year can be rather somber if I allow the grief […]

Continue Reading Add comment December 30th, 2016

Newest Articles

For my latest articles (including this one), check out the main page at Wineskins: The Truth About Millennials Hey 40-somethings, 50-somethings, 60-somethings. All you guys closer to my age than my kid’s age. We need to have a chat. Get off the young people’s backs. Quit using the word millennial as a derogatory term. Stop […]

Continue Reading Add comment December 17th, 2016

Cleared Lanes

      A few months ago my oldest daughter was injured at work and needed surgery. Although, she fiercely assured her mother that it wasn’t a big deal and would be fine without me I couldn’t stand it. As soon as I could, I threw together a bag and started out on my trip […]

Continue Reading 1 comment June 3rd, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day!

The following status is based on actual events. Names have been withheld to protect the guilty & please feel free to add your own in the comments. We’re all in this together: If you’ve ever accidentally left kids at the church building, you might be a mother. If you’ve ever choked down food prepared by […]

Continue Reading Add comment May 7th, 2016

When Church Hurts

Don’t judge Christ by those of us who so imperfectly wear his name. -Yancey summarizing a quote by Tolstoy   I have fond memories of the church where my father served as minister before his death. They were very good to dad before and after he was diagnosed with ALS. They supported my mother when she […]

Continue Reading Add comment April 16th, 2016

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