Lady Gaga, Beauty, and Body Image

Lady Gaga, Beauty, and Body Image

source: insightzonecoach.com Yet another one.  Another woman flogged publicly by the media for her appearance.  Last month it was Lady Gaga, chastised for her recent weight gain of 25 lbs.  Maybe you saw it too?  And yesterday it was Christina Aguilera (again).       Having struggled with an eating disorder since she was 15, Lady Gaga struck back last month by launching … Read More

When It’s Hard to Make Friends in Church

When It’s Hard to Make Friends in Church

A direct question:  If I cannot be friends with another believer in a different stage, denomination, career, social class, or race than me, HOW can I expect to be friends with someone of a different faith altogether? Isn’t Jesus enough to bring us together?     We limit what God can do. We say: “She isn’t married.  She doesn’t understand what my … Read More

Women in Ministry: Bibles are for Boys {and other lies I believed}

Women in Ministry: Bibles are for Boys {and other lies I believed}

I’m honored to be guest posting today on Ed Cyzewski’s blog: In.A.Mirror.Dimly as a part of his Women In Ministry series.  Every Friday Ed graciously shares his space, giving voice to women about their personal journey as a female in ministry in today’s Church. I wrote, rewrote, and rewrote this post, at least 10 different drafts.  The first four drafts were persuasive … Read More

Modesty, "Little Hotties," And How A Girl Should Dress

Modesty, "Little Hotties," And How A Girl Should Dress

I have a 7 year-old daughter soon-to-be in the second grade. And I see protecting her modesty as important as buckling her seat belt.  Even though she weighs 44 lbs and stands 43 inches tall, her little body is outgrowing it’s preschool form. She’s lost 3 front teeth. Her legs are lengthening.  Her fingernails are stronger and … Read More

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Phenom, The Invasion, and the Preparation

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Phenom, The Invasion, and the Preparation

Last week a group of baseball moms stood chatting Fifty.  Fifty Shades of Grey, that is.  Last night, while getting my hair cut, I overheard a salon of women talking Fifty. At the park, some women discussing Fifty. Unless you’ve been in hiding, you’ve heard of the phenom that is ‘mommy porn.’  Fifty Shades of … Read More

Why Traditional Women’s Ministry is Facing a PR Problem

Why Traditional Women’s Ministry is Facing a PR Problem

My friend Lindsey recently posted on Twitter: “There’s something about women’s ministry that just kills me inside.  Anyone else?”  I watched a slew of strong, confident women chime in: “Yep.”  “Me too.”  “Absolutely.”  Traditional women’s ministry in the church is facing a sizeable PR problem with younger Christian women today (myself included).  Why do you think … Read More