Can the Abortion Debate Really Change?

“I’m beginning to wonder if things can really change,” a friend told me recently, “or if I can.” This friend is in full-time ministry and has been walking with God for more than thirty years, but in her personal life, she’s starting to lose heart. I empathized with her struggle, but at the same time felt something rising up inside …

Changing the Conversation

“Instead of asking, ‘What are you going to do?’ – that’s what everyone was asking me – she asked, ‘What do you need?’” This comment from a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy illustrates the power a simple question has to change the tone and trajectory of an entire conversation. Have you ever had a similar situation? You were devastated from …

Tempted by Grace

“If you put shame in a petri dish it needs three things to survive: secrecy, silence and judgment. If you put shame in that same petri dish and douse it with empathy, it can’t survive.” These words, from a TED talk given by author Brené Browne, are truths ProGrace comes back to time and time again. While many think shame …

What Kevin Durant Has to Do with Grace

If you haven’t yet watched this two-minute clip of Kevin Durant’s acceptance speech after being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, you need to. “You had my brother when you were 18 years old,” Durant says. “Three years later, I came out. The odds were stacked against us – a single parent with two boys. We weren’t supposed to be …

The Possibilities of Grace

I recently heard Condoleezza Rice speak at a University event. Even though she grew up as an African-American girl in segregated Alabama, her parents had the audacity to tell her that one day, she could be the President of the United States. She knew they believed in her, and it caused her to set her sights high above her circumstances …

What a Two Dollar Train Fare Taught Me about Grace

As I approached the train station, a man waved me down. He wanted to know if he could give me two dollars for the train fare so I could swipe my card and let him through the gates, otherwise he would have to walk four blocks to another station with a fare card vending machine. No problem. I was happy …

Does it Matter if Someone "Deserves" Grace?

Our staff heard a beautiful story last week about members from a local church blessing Lisa, a young single mom from the ProGrace program. They gave her quite a lavish gift, paying several bills she was unable to pay. Lisa was giddy with joy when she received their gift, and God has used these folks and this unexpected provision greatly …

What Do We Have In Common With Mary & Joseph?

The short answer is: the need for Grace. This Advent, we’ve been thinking a lot about what it must have felt like for Mary and Joseph to suddenly find themselves in an unexpected—and very unpopular—place. We’ve also been thinking about what it must have been like for their community as they decided how to respond: assume the worst about their …

What is ProGrace?

I don’t describe myself as either pro-life or pro-choice. Those words are used by two political platforms to describe where they stand, and they have become so polarizing and limiting. Neither platform can express where I see God’s heart intersecting in this debate. That’s why I’m ProGrace. ProGrace is based on two theological pillars: God’s Design and a Grace Response. …