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3 Heroines, Only 1 Hero in Jesus’ Birth

As I do most Advent seasons, I think about Mary, and meditate on Luke 1-2, where we find her story in detail. This year, I noticed something I’d missed before—Luke begins his gospel with 3 heroines and only one hero. In fact, the very beginning shows the doubt of Zechariah, a would-be hero who fails. First, the angel comes to…

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Christmas Anxiety

I’m feeling anxious lately. I can read Advent blogs about joyful waiting, listen to the Christmas-music-only radio station, and truly desire the Peace of the season, but I find myself battling Christmas anxiety. It’s the quickened heartbeat, sweaty palms, itchy scalp variety of anxiety (yes, my scalp gets itchy when I’m anxious). And it’s so unwelcome. At my house, none…

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Boxed in: Women, Christianity, and Cultural Expectations

Today, I’m hosting Chelsea Geyer, Nyack and Woman Rite of Passage alumna, passionate nonprofit founder, and all-around interesting person.  Not too long ago I was sitting with some of my closest friends eating dinner and drinking good beer – we were in Colorado, after all. At the table, two of us were single, the other four married, and one of…

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Rejected? You’re Not Alone

I’m three weeks postpartum, so I’m hosting a guest blogger again. This time it’s Elisabeth Scheffel–an alumna of Nyack and an alumna of the Woman Rite of Passage. She is great–check out her message below! Do you know what it’s like to feel rejected? I do. I just go on Snapchat, and I feel it instantly. Every time I view my…

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I Am An Egalitarian Woman Who Dated A Complementarian Man

Since I (Amy) am a scant week postpartum, I’m hosting blogger and Nyack alum, Anel Vicente today! Her story is powerful and moving. . . I am an Egalitarian woman who dated a Complementarian man. This one difference led to the demise of our relationship. Saying a relationship did not work out because of theological disagreements seems so ignorant to…

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Stop Hiding Your Femininity. God is Feminine, Too.

Someday, I will get to the Vatican. I just know it. I’ll stroll through St. Peter’s square, tour the museum, and visit the library. I’ll also pray in the Sistine Chapel, overshadowed by Michelangelo’s famous painting of a male God with flowing white hair, a long beard, and a muscular body. Historical artistic depictions portray a masculine God, but if…

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I Want to be Here for This.

Do you ever miss things because of the distractions of life? Have you found yourself washing the dishes rather than watching the moonrise, zoning out to the TV rather than being fully in the presence of your roommate or spouse, texting rather than discovering new bugs with a child? I do. I miss things that are important because I’m on…

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Why Jealousy Made the Bible’s Top Ten

I’ve often wondered why “thou shalt not covet” is on that list of ten commandments. It seems so much less important than actions like killing, lying, and the like. Why is coveting, wanting what someone else has, being jealous, even on that list? I mean, if we were to make a list of ten things we really, really didn’t want people…

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We All Give Life—What’s Your Story?

I’ve completed 38 of 40 weeks, so the birth/life-giving process is understandably high in my mind. I want to write of how I gave physical birth two years ago, but relate it to how we give life to so many things—projects, inventions, programs, more. . . and the world would be better if we told our stories. I waited a…

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In this Season of Waiting. . . I Want to Wait Well

I don’t know about you, but I don’t much like waiting. I don’t like waiting in lines, so I shop on off-hours and avoid amusement parks. I don’t like waiting for the bread to rise, so I tend to bake it too soon—every time! I don’t like waiting for others, so I blaze ahead—often to my detriment. I especially don’t…

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