A New Approach to Advent

by Elizabeth McLean

The season of Advent has begun. In many Christian households, it is a season devoted largely to wishing that it was over. We want the joy of Christmas, not the frustration of waiting or the hassle of preparation. Who likes waiting in our age of instant gratification? So no sooner has Advent begun, than we […]

What’s in a Name?

by Elizabeth McLean

This year in anticipation of Halloween, a joke post was circulating on Facebook about appropriate costumes Christians could wear instead of the usual zombie and demon outfits. Offering selections from a glowering Calvinist to an ultra-hip, goateed youth pastor, the site offered an interesting take on how people perceive Christians. If a person’s Christian faith […]

“Broken” – Sept. 2015

by Elizabeth McLean

This summer while trying to take a picture of some baby birds in their nest, I fell off the stool I was standing on and broke my wrist badly— seven-screws-and-a-metal-plate badly. Since then, in addition to having to learn how to do everything I have to do with only one hand, I have also been […]

“Does Your Faith Pass the 12(b) (6) test?” Aug. 2015

by Elizabeth McLean

Years ago, before God called me to become a minister, I used to practice law. I spent most of my years as a lawyer doing environmental litigation, which means in part that I saw the world through the lens of the Federal Rules of Evidence. According to those rules, when someone files a lawsuit, depending […]