Do Women Not Hold up Half the Kingdom?

In the past few weeks I’ve noticed two church and culture conferences powered mainly by testosterone. In fact, one of the conferences presented over 20 speakers—and as I scrolled through the photos of the speakers, it’s like my smile stretched into a frown, because not one single voice on that speaking platform was female. My […]

The Mutuality of Suffering, or When One Hurts, We all Hurt

Life takes on a very different light when seen through the prism of others’ suffering. I was in Cancun, Mexico when the earthquake shook Haiti. I remember sitting on the couch in a beautiful suite, looking out over the expanse of water that stretched through our windows and holding the tension of wealthy and poor, […]

Haiti: Making Sense of Suffering in my So-Called Perfect World

Idelette’s note: I wrote this piece in the week following the earthquake in Haiti. It seems appropriate to post it as part of my reflection on Lent and Suffering. Haiti: Making Sense of Suffering in a So-called Perfect World I made banana bread with my 4-year-old this afternoon, while the two-year-old napped. We stood at […]

From Suffering into Resurrection: 40 Days of Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. How I understand this (with my Dutch Reformed roots, whoo-hoo Pentecostal tendencies, friends in every denomination imaginable, a non-denominational church I treasure and a belief that I can find Jesus in every person I encounter) is that this 40-day period marks a deliberate journey into suffering. […]

World Press Photo Awards 2010

A photo of Iranian women shouting from a rooftop in Tehran took the top prize in this year’s World Press Photo of the Year contest. (via Andrew Sullivan)