His Grace is Sufficient

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 This week I had my theological interview. This is an hour long, oral exam given by two professors and a […]

My God, My God, Why?

“Dad, may I be the one to slam the book this year?” I remember myself asking when I was a teenager. I was with my father as he was preparing for Good Friday service. He had his heaviest book from his library beside a mic in the sound booth. At the end of the service, […]

All Things Work Together for Our Good

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 A boy named Joseph (Genesis 37-50) lived many years ago and was a great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great uncle in the family […]

This is not the End of the Story

“Dear Sisters in Christ,” the email began. The last time I received an email like this, it was to tell me of that a classmate’s husband was now living eternally with Our Father in heaven. I kept reading, “it is with great sadness that I share with you the news that the Lord Jesus has […]

What’s in a Name?

Most people think that we named our son after the character on The Incredibles or our favorite mid-century novelist. The story is a little different than you might think. Brennan and I were having trouble agreeing on the right name. I thought of a few only to be told they were too plain or common. […]

Knowing God & Being Fully Known by Him

I have to confess I find knowing God and being fully known by Him at times hard to grasp. I wonder what Enoch’s life looked like on a daily basis (Gen. 5:23-4, Heb 11:5). I struggle to understand true intimacy with people not to mention intimacy with the perfect King of the universe. Yet, we […]

Update from Rachel

My second intensive at Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, is complete, and I am happy to be back in worship again with you all. It was a long time to be separated from my family but a very good two weeks in terms of the training I received. I took three classes, Pauline Epistles, focusing on […]

His Treasure Awaits

About a year ago, I gathered in an office one weeknight to pray with two other women – friends from my community at The Vine.  Our purpose was simple but deliberate. We would pray and ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind the characteristics of someone He wanted to encourage and we would go […]

“When Is It My Turn?”

“Mommy, you have sat by Pippa a lot and I would like you to sit by me,” Dash asks as we sit down for dinner and he sees that I am sitting across from him at the table. Here begin the regular negotiations we have regarding family dinner and which parent sits by which child. […]