What to look for in a Women’s Conference

What to look for in a Women’s Conference

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14  I was invited to attend a women’s conference with some ladies I’ve met through Mama Bear. They’ve...
Ways to Encourage the Papa Bear in Your Life

Ways to Encourage the Papa Bear in Your Life

With Father’s Day right around the corner, you’ve got a great excuse to tell the man in your life how much he means to you — because Papa Bears need encouragement, too (even if they don’t ask for it or act like they want it). We guys are supposed to play it cool, be...
5 Biblical Men Every Boy Should Know

5 Biblical Men Every Boy Should Know

A Twitter post caught my eye a while back from a brother in Christ who was fed up with his church’s take on biblical manhood. Manhood, it was implied, was a burly trinity of plaid, football, and Clint Eastwood. As if the lost 11th commandment was: Thine beard...
Recovering from the Word of Faith Movement

Recovering from the Word of Faith Movement

The theology Charla grew up in goes by many names: word-faith, word of faith, name it and claim it, the health and wealth gospel, and prosperity gospel. This “gospel” teaches that we can speak things into existence — blessings, money, and healing. If you...
Resisting the Urge to Grow Cold

Resisting the Urge to Grow Cold

I have a good friend and apologist who posted on Facebook the other day. It wasn’t her normal careful, reasoned response. It was angry and belittling — not at all like her. I sent her a private message that said something along the lines of, “I love you, friend! Do...
An Argument for Silence

An Argument for Silence

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  Psalm 46:10 (NLT) As a middle-aged woman trying to maintain some measure of physical health, I like to walk the two-mile loop around my neighborhood as many days a...
An Open Letter to Moms Without Children

An Open Letter to Moms Without Children

The idea of being a mother, but not having children sounds odd to some people, and yet I believe it is a painful reality that plagues more women than we realize. There are a lot of ways a woman can end up as a childless mom. The most obvious is, of course, the woman...
Music as an Apologetic

Music as an Apologetic

I went to a concert tonight, and remembered something that I like to forget about myself: I’m a crier. I never used to be when I was younger. I remember growing up a total tom-boy and seeing those girls who cried at weddings, and babies, and movies, and whatever and...