Author: Jennifer Brogdon

Anniversaries Are About God, Not Gifts

When people in our society think of wedding anniversaries, they typically think of gifts. We’ve seen the exhaustive (and exhausting) list of what each anniversary year represents. Year one is paper; year two is cotton, year three is leather, and so on. According to tradition, you should buy your spouse a gift of this particular type on that particular year. When others think about anniversaries, they immediately think about a romantic getaway. Anniversaries may involve a long-awaited trip with our spouse, but we easily fall into thinking our celebration must look like all the anniversary getaways on Pinterest. We...

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Don’t Put Your Pastor’s Wife on a Pedestal

Your Pastor’s wife doesn’t belong on a pedestal. She belongs on the pew next to you. She is like you—a sinner in need of grace. Yet many of you have a false idea of her perfection. You think she perfectly submits to her husband, cooks hearty meals without a mess, disciplines her children with little work, mentors every woman in the church, and serves mightily no matter how busy she is. This sounds like Mrs. Proverbs 31, but perhaps we are missing the point. Your pastor’s wife may do a lot of the things mentioned above, but she only...

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Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God

I worked full-time most of my summers in college, and I loved it. I loved everything about my job and the feeling of coming home to rest, going out to eat with friends, or heading out for an evening run after a long day of work.  I changed jobs during the months of engagement to my husband. I didn’t love this job like the seemingly, perfect job I had before it, but I thought the hours would be more fitting. My new job allowed me to come in early and leave by 3:00 most days. This sounds like the...

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I Still Have My Smartphone: A Review of 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

Tony Reinke did not convince me to trade my smartphone for a dumbphone in his new book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You. This is not his purpose. His overall aim is to “avoid both extremes: the utopian optimism of the technophiliac and the dystopian pessimism of the technophobe” (20). Neither does he aim to tell me specifically what to do with my phone. Instead, he explores why I would consider giving it up or taking breaks from it. Moreover, the book asks the question: What is the best use of your smartphone in the flourishing of your...

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Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman

I have read every book that Gloria Furman has written. What I love the most about her books is her persistent hammering of the gospel into each page. While her other books deal mainly with the gospel and womanhood, Alive in Him intrigued me to dive in even more as it is a book about Ephesians—an epistle that highly elevates the gospel. In this book, Furman trades her hammer for a drill and begins to drill (graciously) the gospel of Jesus Christ into the reader as she covers its themes among all six chapters of Ephesians. Many believers know...

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