Flickers of Grace

Last year my son left for his first year of college. After being away for a few months, he came home on the spur of the moment to surprise his little sister on her thirteenth birthday. When we sent her to the kitchen to get the cake, he jumped out and hugged her. Overcome with emotion, she clung to him and cried. My other daughter captured it on video, and I have to admit I’ve watched it quite a few times. (Okay, maybe like thirty!) It makes me emotional to see my kids growing up and loving each other so fiercely, especially in light of the years of arguing and …

The Right Way to Boast

Boasting may have a negative connotation in our culture, but when it comes to resumes or bios we are taught to put our best face forward. I remember the first time I had to write my own bio, beginning “Melissa Spoelstra is….” It wasn’t fun. It was explained to me that people want to know your background, including where you studied and your accomplishments, in order to decide quickly if they want to peruse what you’ve written. In reality, my bio could read, “Melissa Spoelstra is a sinner, saved only by grace. The only thing she has to boast about is that she knows Jesus.” Social media can be another …

Dealing with Divisions

As I scroll through my social media feeds, I often click on articles related to issues that interest me. Many of them discuss faith or reactions to current developments in the Christian community. As I process my reactions and try to discern whether I agree or disagree on certain points, sometimes I read the responses of others in the comments sections. If the apostle Paul were to read some of the discussions among believers that I’ve scanned, I believe he would mourn as I do. Of course, there are going to be times when we disagree with one another as Christians. However, the manner in which we disagree gives the …