Ezer Women

For any of you who read “Church Girls Who Don’t Bake Cupcakes,” welcome to the reboot!  I’ll be blogging here again for church girls in leadership as “She is Imago Dei.”  Imago Dei is a Latin term that helped early theologians describe what it means for mankind to be created in God’s image. While Jesus is […]

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Why Going to Church Matters

Just a quick note here–I’ve been doing so much writing for my Fuller Seminary studies for the last few months that I haven’t had much time for blogging.  I thought this paper from my Biblical Theology of Mission Class might interest a few of you however. INTRODUCTION Are large Christian gatherings anything more than Christian […]

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Weakness: Ignore or Shore Up?

It’s a question as old as poultry origins: the chicken or the egg?  Should we focus on developing strengths, ignoring or delegating our weaknesses, or should we try to strengthen our weaknesses? This has been a particularly interesting question for me in the last few months, since I started seminary.  I’m getting mentally stretched in […]

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8 Steps to Appointing Leaders Well

The appointing of church leaders can be pretty murky territory.  I can’t even begin to count the number of leaders I’ve spoken with who felt like they carried the responsibility for an area without having the authority to lead it well.  This happens for all kinds of reasons.  Regardless of whether your church’s leadership culture […]

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Identity Without the Crisis

It’s no wonder that we have trouble “finding ourselves” today.  My Facebook feed is full of conflicting messages.  One post is teaching me how to apply makeup like a professional, and the next tells me to celebrate the beauty of a natural body and not to worry about how I look.  Another tells me about […]

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Healing–and Leading–After Tragedy

I wrote a trio of articles for Christianity Today’s Gifted For Leadership. This is part of my story about my journey following my husband Rich’s death. Read the three articles in the series here: Part One Part Two Part Three

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Why I Still Respect Russell Wilson

Originally posted on Justin Tarsiuk:
The only thing deflated from last night’s Super Bowl game is my heart. What a tough way to end the night and a football season. From my previous post, I think you already know who I was rooting for. If you’re new to “Justinland” then you should know that I enthusiastically bleed Seahawk…

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5 Ways To Increase Your Leadership Confidence

A few weeks ago, I watched Malala Yousafzai accept the Nobel Peace Prize.  At seventeen, she is the youngest person to ever become a Nobel Laureate.  She didn’t betray even a shred of nervousness as she delivered her speech to an auditorium full of international leaders and dignitaries, cameras broadcasting her ideas to the world. […]

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Parenting and Blending Families

BLENDING OUR FAMILY I am flying to New Zealand this week to watch my daughter Chloé graduate.  She’s worked hard, and I’m very proud of her double major in Psychology and Education from the University of Auckland.  There is something about seeing your kid graduate that makes you let out an internal sigh of relief. […]

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When People Leave

WHEN PEOPLE GO If you have been leading for longer than ten minutes, then you have had someone leave you.   I’ve had quite a few people leave my teams over the years.  The first time I had someone leave me that I really cared about and had invested in, I didn’t handle it particularly […]

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