The Search For Safety

By: Marci Preheim on Thursday July 6, 2017

In an ideal world Christians would live together in harmony. Of course in an ideal world, everyone would get along. But Christianity by nature should be a safe haven of humble, loving fellowship. A respite from a dark and abusive world for those who are weary of their own sin and the sins committed...

Move In with a Prophet

By: Marci Preheim on Thursday June 8, 2017

The silence was broken by a request from the teacher—would anyone like to make a suggestion for what to study next? One woman hesitantly raised her hand: “Now that we’ve studied Romans, I think I’m ready to study Romans.” Everyone knew what she meant. We wished we had known what we knew...

The Kid Who Threw Up in the Cafeteria

By: Marci Preheim on Thursday May 11, 2017

You know the kid in elementary school who threw up in the cafeteria? Even thirty years later, he will be remembered for that. It wasn’t pretty. No matter how many accolades that kid receives in life, in his hometown, he will be remembered for his smelly mess that day in the cafeteria. People...

It Hurts to Love You

By: Marci Preheim on Thursday April 6, 2017

Sometimes it hurts to love you, you know? No, I realize that you don’t know. You’ve said as much; Why can’t you just be quiet? Why can’t we go back to the way it was? The things you say reveal that you don’t get it. Of course you want to go back. Back to when I carried our conflict in...

Willful Spiritual Blindness

By: Marci Preheim on Thursday February 23, 2017

Why wouldn’t Jesus put His arm around the Pharisees and say: “Great effort on the law-keeping guys. You got a few things wrong. Let me redirect you a little bit, but keep up the good work.” He did not say this. Oh Contraire! Jesus blasted them because, rather than being innocently ignorant of...

No Deathbed Regrets

By: Marci Preheim on Tuesday January 24, 2017

These people had, for most of their life, kept quiet in order to keep the peace with other people. They had let others silence them with expectations. In a sense, they lived a false version of themselves and for what? False peace. On your deathbed there is nothing left to lose. There is an honesty...

Grace is Free

By: Marci Preheim on Saturday July 16, 2016

I was refinishing an antique dresser from my childhood bedroom. Memories of my upbringing collided with wonder about what it means to abide in Christ. Tedious work was the perfect setting for meditating on a passage that I had rushed through a hundred times before. As I sanded and scraped, every...

No Darkness Too Dark—Pride and Pornography

By: Marci Preheim on Thursday March 24, 2016

There is one before and after that stands out among them all. Though it has so profoundly changed me, I have yet to speak of it publically, and rarely privately. Before this event, I was busily going about my life, studying theology, teaching Bible studies, raising my children, counseling many women...