Author: Sarah B Anderson

The One Saving Grace in the Bill Hybels Scandal

On Sunday night, after an article in the New York Times detailing another women’s story of abuse and mistreatment and sexual misconduct from Bill Hybels came out, I couldn’t sleep. It was for all the reasons you might expect, but also because I had been noticing a trend, and when sleep wasn’t coming I spent a good long time thinking it through. There are a lot of people I admire and respect who have been noticeably silent on the situation. People who are no strangers to speaking out on issues of abuse in the church, people who are vocal...

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What I’m [Still] Learning From Balancing Home and Work

There was this picture that showed up on my Facebook timeline a few days ago that nearly knocked the breath out of me. It was eight years old and it was of a chubby cheeked 7 month old boy complete with arm rolls, wet lips and a gummy smile. Eight years ago.  Everyone always says, “It goes by so fast!” But honestly, that wasn’t exactly what got to me. It was looking at that picture and remembering what that season had brought in anxieties and worries and new stresses and more complications, and how, the most shocking thing of...

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Losing Our Way

William Golding’s Lord of the Flies was required reading for me in high school. In addition to reading the book, we watched the movie and I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t emotionally scarred from some of the scenes in both the novel and the movie and the imprint they left on my mind. The point of the book, it seemed to me at the time, was how quickly humanity digresses into chaos when a lack of structure and civility and law and order is in place. It also seemed to portray in startling clarity the deeply...

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The Emperor’s New Clothes: A Cautionary Tale for Southern Baptists and Church Leaders

There’s that story by famed fairy tale writer, Hans Christian Anderson, about an emperor and two weavers chosen to make the ruler a new pair of clothes. The clothes, the emperor is told by the weavers, will be invisible to those who are incompetent, foolish, and unsuitable for their positions in the kingdom. In actuality, there are no clothes at all. The weavers haven’t made any. But no one in the kingdom has the courage to say something, for fear of being disgraced. No one wants to be the person to state what seems excruciatingly obvious. That the emperor...

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How To Talk About Faith When You Aren’t So Sure Yourself

In the Jewish tradition, when someone is named, it’s believed that the essence of who that person is, is being named and drawn out. It’s why Adam’s name is a play on the Hebrew word for Earth, having been made from the dust of the Earth, and why Abram, a name meaning exalted father, is changed to Abraham, meaning a father of a multitude, after God tells him of the descendents he’ll have outnumbering the stars in the sky. I’m not Jewish, but I’ve always liked this idea, and when it came time to name my own two boys,...

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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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