Evangelization is not a Protestant Thing

"Christ and the Woman of Samaria" (detail) by Paolo Veronese

Last spring, my husband and I signed up to take a nine-week class on financial management held at a local Protestant church.  We chose a class at this particular place because they offered babysitting for our five children, thereby removing the largest obstacle to our commitment.  Without the worry of what to do with our brood while we were off […]

The “Problem” with Praying to the Saints

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

At one time in my life I viewed Christians as shallow people blindly following silly rules. As I was to discover, these perceptions were not only wrong, they were worlds away from reality. The root cause of my misconception was my confident ignorance. Until I allowed Christians to speak to me and define their faith in their words, I was unable to get anywhere […]

Twelve Surprises About Catholicism and Evangelicalism

"Christ in Gethsemane" (detail) by Heinrich Hofmann

Over the past dozen years I’ve had the amazing and accidental opportunity to do something few Christians get to do: dive deeply into both the Catholic and Evangelical worlds.  That experience has been enlightening, confusing, encouraging, frustrating and inspiring all at once.  As a result, I’ve arrived at 12 realizations that surprised me about each side of Christianity, and the […]

The Street Preacher’s Dilemma

Street Preacher

It was the perfect day for a trip to the farmers market by the beach. Middle of January and 80 degrees: California at its best. Unfortunately, the farmers market was a huge disappointment.  It took my husband and I about five minutes to walk through the whole thing, leaving us feeling like the trip was rather wasted, especially considering the […]