Author: Sarah B Anderson

The Real Problem Behind Not Letting Women Lead

I have a friend who is working on a research project on women leading in ministry, and for those who aren’t in ministry or aren’t aware, this is one of the more divisive topics of the day, particularly in some denominations. The idea is that the apostle Paul writes to the churches he ministers to saying women shouldn’t be allowed to teach men or hold positions of leadership over them. And because of that, nearly two thousand years later, there are many who maintain this was both the contextual meaning then, and should be the applied meaning now. As...

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Remembering Rachel Held Evans

I’ve always had a hard time with Easter. I think it’s that so much of the day is a celebration of life defeating death, of hope triumphing over loss, of gladness trumping mourning that sounds good, but just doesn’t seem all that true—at least not all of the time—in the real world. That’s why I have always been more of a Christmas kind of person. Immanuel, God with us. That was the message of Christmas. That when the world seemed to be coming apart at the seams, when loss and fear and hopelessness seemed constant and likely and with...

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On the Enneagram, Fear, and the College Cheating Scandal

I’ve always had a kind of obsession with personality tests and anything like it. So it was no surprise that when the old, but newly mainstream, Enneagram started making waves in my circles I was drawn to it. I loved it immediately, for a lot of a reasons, not the least of these being the layers of depth it held. This was less about mapping out behavior for different types and far more about the why’s behind the behavior, the motivations. That’s what made the “test” different to me. It wasn’t telling me how I was wired and what...

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What a Year of Saying “No” to ONE THING Taught Me About Myself

Exactly a year ago today I made the decision to go a whole year without buying clothes. Before you get too impressed, you should know there were some exceptions. If I was given a gift card for a birthday or other special occasions, I used it on clothes. There were a few other exceptions, but the main point was, I loved to shop, maybe too much, and I knew I needed a practice in self-control. So, for the year, I decided to cut myself off. Growing up I had earned a reputation in my family. If gifted money, I...

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Come and See

The problem with allowing the human race tell the story of a God of wonders, is how insistent humanity is in creeping into the interpretations and understandings of the larger than life stories describing this entirely other God. That despite our best efforts, at end of the day, God is still frustratingly God and humanity is still disappointingly human, and the stories we tell on God’s behalf, no matter how pure our motives and innocent our renderings, fall embarrassingly short of the complexity God embodies. And yet we try anyway. Even more unbelievably? He lets us. Until one night,...

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Hi! I’m Sarah

Hi! I’m Sarah, wife to Rodney, mom to Asher and Pace, and writer—although I’m still trying to figure out how to do all three of those things. Sometimes I like books more than people, and all of the time I like French fries more than salad. I live in Georgia but I dream of the mountains.
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