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Put Your Face In It

by Laura on January 20, 2016

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One of the greatest hockey goalies of all time stopped shots by sticking his bare face in the line of fire. I was listening to an episode of This American Life after dropping off Matt at the airport last night. They talked about the famous Canadian Hockey goalie, Terry Sawchuck, who remains one of the […]




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On Fear (and the Refugee)

by Laura on December 30, 2015

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FEAR has run rampant on my Facebook feed over the last few weeks.  Fear about what could be, what has been. It’s awful. The bombings, the police brutality, the atrocities of war– these things we humans do to each other. And while I won’t claim expertise on politics or refugees or global crisis, I reckon […]




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God’s Work Without God

by Laura on February 8, 2015

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It’s entirely possible to do God’s work without God, utterly likely that Spirit-breathed-ministry can morph into self-fueled-effort. This is the way of humanity and most Christian work as I’ve come to see it. Sadly, the same can be said of myself. What started faith-only and desperate-for-Jesus slid subtly over time into action-driven and next-step-logical. And I’m just […]




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Bride and Divorce

by Laura on January 28, 2014

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If the Church is really the Bride, I’ll admit I’ve wanted a divorce for a few years now.  She isn’t who I thought she was 20 years ago when I said, “I do.”  She hasn’t been kind, either –to the people outside of her club, to those who question or doubt, to me. And, so, […]




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Is the Purpose of Missions KINGDOM or GOSPEL?

by Laura on January 21, 2014

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“It reminded me of other conversations we’ve had with many in the church-world who’ve said to us essentially, “Why save them from an earthly hell if you can’t save them from an eternal one?” And I’ll be brutally honest, that type of thinking hurts. It hurts that Christians would so quickly write off justice if there’s no […]




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Elementary school was a dream for me until the second grade. In the second grade, a new girl named Wendy moved to town. She was cute with brown curly hair and she quickly set her sights on my best friend, Sarah. What ensued over the next 259 days of the school year was not so […]




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Beware the One-Dimensional Life

by Laura on November 30, 2013

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Beware of the One-Dimensional Life. The seasons when your hours and conversations and energies become hostage to one dictator– however kind, noble or “right” he may be. The gravity of a one-dimensional life is a strong one. It plays balanced for a while, but eventually pulls every conversation into a vortex about itself.  Hopelessly one-sided, […]




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The Mafia and Falling Asleep Anyway

by Laura on October 9, 2013

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Perhaps I’m an adrenaline junkie. 15 months ago, my husband texted me, “I’m working a case involving the mafia.” And I can remember the holy ground that was my bedroom when I read that sentence on my computer screen; it was one of those late nights, after kids were in bed,  just me and Him. […]




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Russians Walking Street

When we first put toes into the water of the counter-trafficking community in SE Asia, we expected the pool to be a crowed one. We’d read the stories from the internet, we’d seen the documentaries and we assumed that other people had this fight covered– especially as it related to the process of helping find […]




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Redefining Stupid

by Laura on May 19, 2013

This past week he told stories from his last trip overseas–around a table and over sandwiches– that still-fresh ink crawling out from under his shirt sleeve. I’d heard the story several times before, but there was something about this telling that felt different, scarier to me. Maybe it was the natural responses from our friends. […]




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The Trouble With Dreams

by Laura on March 16, 2013

Matt and I were driving the other day and we stumbled on a For Sale sign to some of the most gorgeous property we’ve seen in a while. It was close to town but bordered by National Forest, had a lodge overlooking rolling hills, a pond, and the top of Pikes Peak. It even had […]




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