A Sick Woman’s Thoughts on the Color Pink
Sarah Thebarge
By Sarah Thebarge

Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was indifferent to the color pink. It was fine, but I didn’t wear it often because it made me feel like I was wearing a gender-specific cliche. (Think Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde.)

After I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I hated pink. Lots of people gave me gifts while I was going through chemo. Fleece blankets, mugs, soft caps to cover my bald head– but they were all nauseatingly pink […]

Reflections on Brennan Manning’s Wrestling Match with God
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

“Once there was a tree and she loved a little boy…” is how Shel Silverstein begins his beautiful children’s book. What a terrific first line. What a terrific book.

    The little boy and the tree play together, make crowns from leaves and play hide and go seek. The boy loved the tree and so the tree was happy.

    But as time went by and the boy grew older and became interested in other things. As an older man, the boy was more interested in money and things than the tree. So the tree offers the boy his apples so he can sell them and have money. The tree loved the boy. […]

10 Reasons Pastors are Important
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

Yesterday afternoon, I talked with a friend on the phone who has been a pastor for more than twenty-five years. He’s an upbeat, optimistic guy who has brilliant ideas and loves shepherding the people who come to his church. I have always thought being a pastor is one of the hardest things a person could do, but my friend makes it look easy. It never occurred to me how hard his job was until I asked him how I could pray for him. He told me that the coming week was going to be difficult, that he had to officiate two funerals, one of them a suicide. He said he’d done many funerals, but these two were very close to his heart.

Can you imagine having to speak at a funeral? Moreover, can you imagine having to speak for God at a funeral? Can you imagine having to speak for God […]