“So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts of Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. (Romans 12:8ish, The Message) Okay, so I realize that I…

I have a new post on her.meneutics called “Doctrine in Diapers.” It begins: For a few years now, we’ve begun our family meals with a blessing. We started with “The Lord’s Been Good to Me,” otherwise known in our household as “Johnny Appleseed.” The song’s theology is pretty innocuous. It acknowledges God’s existence and says…

Inconvenient truths: 1.     Our energy consumption fuels environmental destruction and global unrest, but we really like driving big cars and, well, driving cars in general. 2.     Brownies, bacon, and nachos are not good for my body. 3.     Paying for things on credit can lead to bankruptcy. 4.     Watching football does nothing for physical fitness, while…

The most recent issue of Christianity Today has a wonderful cover article, “A Feast Fit for the King,” that examines the current emphasis on healthy, organic, whole food. It offers helpful insights on why Christians should be especially concerned with what food goes into the body, but also why what we eat is not a…

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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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