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Are you speaking a personal boutique truth or the truth?

January 11, 2018

A 24-year-old woman who built an online following of more than 300,000 fans with posts about makeup and home decorating took Oprah’s Sunday night Golden Globes challenge to “speak your truth” to heart. Tana Smith has transformed her YouTube channel, Tanamontana100, into a truth speaking platform. The shopping/make-up tip vlogger says, “The reason to speak your […]


Reconnect One: Game On

January 10, 2018

I remember when college football wrapped up on January 1. But now the process is extended into the second week of the new year. It is now officially a bowl season. Many conversations could be had about priorities and idolatry. But any time we’re talking about college, we should be talking about higher education which, […]


Conversations with Carmen: Featuring Dr. Allan Sawyer

January 9, 2018

Doctors often turn out to be wrong when they are predicting the potential future fullness of an unborn life based on lab results and assumptions. Had one couple followed a physician’s advice to terminate, we wouldn’t have with us today Dr. Allan Sawyer, an obstetrician-gynecologist affiliated with the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center who was responsible […]


Reconnect One: Epiphany

January 5, 2018

As we approach the end of the 12 days of Christmas, we prepare to celebrate Epiphany. Epiphany is one of those theological words that’s been culturally co-opted and disconnected from its original power. People use the word epiphany to describe all kinds of ideas and personal experiences. But historically, epiphany is the celebration of the […]


Carmen on The Shaun Tabatt Show

Carmen joined Sean Tabatt on his show to discuss what it looks like for Christians to represent Christ in a culture of self-promotion. Listen to the interview here.   “It is the Christian’s responsibility to be actively engaged with the culture in such a way that we are actually bearing witness to what Kingdom realities […]


What children’s books tell us about our cultural moment

January 4, 2018

Have you perused the children’s book section lately?  There are a few gems but you have to dig to find them. It may surprise you to learn that not all children’s books are seeking to teach children the values espoused by a Christian worldview. In fact, many children’s books are designed to do just the […]


Reconnect One: Begin Again

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! The day we all get to begin again – again! From turning the page on the calendar to closing the books on the year now passing, this is a time of beginning again. If anyone is in Christ, there is the eternal offer to begin again: The offer of a clean slate, […]


Surveying our walk with Christ and charting a course for spiritual growth

December 29, 2017

Think of this as an exercise in taking a year-end inventory of your life and cultivating the spiritual soil for an abundant harvest in the year ahead. Taking stock of your spiritual life Get out your 2017 calendar, your journal, your Bible and your check register. Slowly, soberly look through them and take stock. Bible […]


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