Why I’m Kissing the Christian Subculture Goodbye (Sort-of)

When I was a college freshman in the late 1990s, one of the most influential relationship books for Christian young adults hit the shelves. In I Kissed Dating Goodbye, author Joshua Harris encouraged readers to forgo traditional dating for courtship. It was a movement broadly embraced by the evangelical church as a manifesto of the […]

10 Observations from Escape to the Lake 2016

A few weeks ago our family attended our third Escape to the Lake (ETTL). What is ETTL? We all laugh about that question because it’s actually kind of hard to describe. Is it a conference? Is it a camp? Is it a retreat? Is it for artists or fans? Kids, families, or singles? Is it for […]

A House Concert and an Oasis

Tim and Charla performing at our first house concert ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ If you’ve never been to one, a house concert is just what is sounds like: a live musical performance in someone’s home. It differs from traditional concerts because the setting allows for interaction between the musicians and audience, bringing intimacy, a sense of community, and […]

Belonging Day 5: The Husband List and an Album Review

Artist Credit: Betony Coons, of Giants and Pilgrims. Album cover of their latest compilation, Becoming. When I was 15 or so, like other good Christian teenage girls who dreamed of getting married, I made a list. The list. All the qualities I needed my future husband to have. Anyone with me here? Surely one of […]