Writing

God's Prescription for Your Discouragement

God’s Prescription for Your Discouragement

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters I've been saving this for a rainy day, and I think it's gotten sufficiently damp. This got its start a few years ago as a comment on someone else's blog post and quickly gained a life of its own. The blog post in question was written by a […]

Broken

Broken

Another in my weekly series for Quivering Daughters broken arm is painful. A broken glass is dangerous. A broken mirror is unlucky. A broken heart is depressing. A broken toy is sad. A broken promise is wrong. So it’s strange that some well-meaning devotional writers tell us that spiritual brokenness is something we should aspire […]

Martha, Martha: In Which the Author Fails to Get the Point

Martha, Martha: In Which the Author Fails to Get the Point

  Another in my weekly series for Quivering Daughters   he joke’s on me. I was thinking and praying about my topic for this week, and one story just wouldn’t get out of my head—Mary and Martha. We all know it, it’s really simple, but sometimes it does us a world of good to go […]

Guest Post on The Cult Next Door

Guest Post on The Cult Next Door

Here’s one of those writing gigs I mentioned. A while ago, I was invited to contribute a guest post to a blog called The Cult Next Door that deals (appropriately enough) with issues of cults and spiritual abuse. The title comes from the fact that the author was for many years a member of a […]

Contrary to popular belief...

Contrary to popular belief…

… this is not actually what editors live on. .  .  . (Photo (c) E.P., taken in a little shop in Ireland. More about my life to follow shortly; just had to share the laugh.)

Precepts 2010-2011 Now Available (with three Bible studies by Eric!)

Precepts 2010-2011 Now Available (with three Bible studies by Eric!)

This just in! The company where I work as Senior Copy Editor just released this year’s brand-new Sunday School commentary, Precepts for Living, and it looks really good if I do say so myself. (That’s not boasting because really most of my work on it was checking grammar, sentence structure, and the odd bit of […]

Happy National Grammar Day!

Happy National Grammar Day!

March 4 is National Grammar Day! Hooray! Unfortunately, I don’t have time to do a hilarious hagiography like I did last year, or much of anything really, being too busy correcting grammar for a living. So here’s the next best thing: What would a grammar holiday be without some rousing choruses of Schoolhouse Rock? Bet […]

"I Have a Sign": Answering Spiritual Abusers According to Their Folly

“I Have a Sign”: Answering Spiritual Abusers According to Their Folly

“Are you looking for a sign from God? This is it.” — seen on too many church signs In the popular imagination, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist “Church” probably deserve their status as the archetypal hateful ultra-fundamentalist spiritual abusers. (They’re the ones who popularized the infamous slogan, “God hates [anti-homosexual slur redacted]s.”) For reasons […]

Jesus and the Parable of the Man who Needed Health Care

Jesus and the Parable of the Man who Needed Health Care

Yes, there is such a parable in the original. The first several times I didn’t realize what it was about; Jesus insists on framing the question in a way that invalidates most of our categories of discussing the issue. I’ve taken the liberty of writing my own paraphrase, with a few hopefully not-entirely-unwarranted interpolations and […]