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I chose this picture because I’m holding my breath. I’m holding my breath between two chapters of this life, although “chapter” is probably not the right word to describe what’s felt like a lifetime, a foundation, a family. After 21 years of life at Hope Church, after 9 years on staff, after almost 4 years […]

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In this episode we discuss: Camp Registration… WHY, The Sabbath, The negative voices in our head and how we can move toward love, and Nicole answers some questions about dealing with hard relationships.   I hope you enjoyed this episode of Nicole and Friends! You can listen here or at any of the following places: […]

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to share in a portion of our Easter celebration at the Altria theater. Part Ted talk, part visual storytelling–we combined graphics, music and text to present evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. It was a labor of love and great teamwork–here’s a picture from rehearsal. I’ll post video from the service when it’s available. […]

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If you want to be serious about your life, you have to work on it. Really. Who among us doesn’t have a preferred future for our life? Things we want to experience? The person we want to be? The legacy we want to leave? Part of the joy of being created in the image of […]

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Hey friends! I don’t know about you, but the beginning of the school year is full of possibilities but always spins me upside down–and we are in the midst of that this week! These are the kind of weeks where I have to put all my emotions in timeout and just do life–it’s not the week to […]

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I’m a sucker for the Olympics. I love it ALL. I love the pageantry and the uniforms and the human interest stories. I love watching random events and I convinced a friend of mine that we absolutely could qualify for the modern Pentathlon if we trained hard enough. Note: the modern pentathlon involves fencing someone, and […]

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This is the last post in a series On why I’m Becoming a Pastor. You’ll want to start here. If God wanted me to be a pastor, why didn’t he make me a man? I’ve thought that so many times. I’ve thought it as a question, as an argument. I’ve prayed it with defiant anger […]

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This is part three of a series called “On Why I’m Becoming A Pastor.” You’ll want to start reading here first. One of Doubt’s strongest assets is her timing. She stays quiet for me until a decision is made, until a direction is set, and then she begins. She is relentless. She’s like a friend […]

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This is part two of a series. Start here first. I wore a blue sweater dress and black flats with a big bow on the toe. We stood in a receiving line and I locked hands with hundreds of people, who congratulated us kids like we had done something to deserve it; somehow because our dad […]

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  Fifteen years ago this month, I sat in the back row of a nondescript classroom and thought I don’t belong here.  Nearly everyone else in the room was at least ten years older than me, and male. I loved the professor and loved what he said even more. He talked passionately about the church, about her story, about […]