Last week, I wrote a post, “What is the Bible?” In it, I argued that the Bible is “both the work of human beings and the Word of God.” And I asked, “if it isn’t merely a culturally constructed and deeply flawed human project, and if it isn’t God via dictation, what is it?” One…

I have a new post at her.meneutics: “Secular People Need Sabbaths Too.” It begins: It’s taken years for me to integrate Sabbath-keeping into my week. For most of my life, I have attended a church service on Sundays, but otherwise Sundays haven’t been distinct. In recent years, though, ceasing from work, resting, and celebrating God’s…

In an email exchange with someone who happened upon this blog, I found myself recommending a series of spiritual memoirs. I thought other readers might benefit from the list: Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, by Kathleen Norris. My all-time favorite. Norris grew up in the Dakotas but moved to New York City for college…

From the current issue of Time Magazine, in reference to who uses “medical” marijuana: “Colorodo health department records show that only 2% of registered [medical marijuana] patients had cancer; 1% had HIV/AIDS. There were 94% who suffered ‘severe pain’–a catchall condition that can be entirely subjective and difficult for a doctor to measure or verify.…

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Amy Julia Becker

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, ChristianityToday.com, and Bloom, among other online venues.

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