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Amy Julia Becker writes about theology, disability, family, and culture. Two major life experiences have shaped her writing and her faith—caring for her mother-in-law as she battled cancer and welcoming her daughter Penny into the world after she was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. Both experiences expanded and enriched her understanding of what it means to be human and to receive each and every person as a gift.  A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, and the forthcoming A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House). Her essays have appeared in First Things, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Century,, and Bloom, among other online venues.

In yesterday’s post, I shared why I believe the resurrection happened. But I also want to explain why I believe the resurrection makes a difference–in the world and in my life.  Christians believe that the resurrection proves that Jesus was […]

For me, the truth of Christianity hinges upon the reality of the resurrection. There are Christians who think that the resurrection is just a metaphor for the work that God can do in our lives. But I’m with Paul, who […]

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I’ve written before that I gave up praying for patience and instead I pray for laughter in our family. Similarly, sometimes we need a little laughter in the church family too. Recently, the blogosphere has been alight with discussion of […]

For most of my adult Christian life, I’ve been trying to understand what happened on the cross. I used to give the stock Christian answer: “Jesus died on the cross for my sins.” I still think that statement is true, […]

I have a new post on her.meneutics, “Should Christians Use Self-Help Programs?” It begins: We were staying with friends, and I was getting ready for the day in their daughter’s bathroom. It was a typical tween-age space: cute stickers and […]

A few days ago, William held a stick up to his mouth and pretended to play. “Are you playing the flute?” I asked. “No, Mom. The piccolo.” Of course. Of everyone in the family, it’s William who loves music. He […]

“The often heard lament, ‘I have so little time,’ gives the lie to the delusion that the daily is of little significance.”  –Kathleen Norris, The Quotidian Mysteries

These days, I spend a lot of time with my Iphone. When I’m nursing Marilee, I read. I have an app for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Time Magazine, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Christianity Today, and the ESV Bible. Although […]

I’m a happily married woman, but I’ve been thinking about divorce this week. First, I wrote a piece for her.meneutics about Christian blogger Anne Jackson’s divorce: “When Christians Get Divorced.” (I’ll post an excerpt below.) Then, I happened across an […]