Why I Don’t Teach Sunday School . . . or . . . Finding My Yes

Gina Butz expectations, grace, identity 8 Comments

You will never see me teaching Sunday School to children. It took me years to be able to say that without embarrassment. What kind of person isn’t willing to teach children? Does Gina not like children? Does she not see the great potential in shepherding young souls? These are the questions I was sure people would ask. When my kids …

Seeing God in Legos

Gina Butz faith 1 Comment

My title is not meant to imply that I have seen the face of God in a Lego creation, a la the Virgin Mary in a piece of toast (especially not the creepy little guy above, courtesy of Ethan); rather, that in watching a young child play with Legos, I saw a bigger picture of Him. We start our conference days …

Why I Need a Dog

Gina Butz growth, personal 4 Comments

Sometimes I imagine a conversation between the Father and Jesus that went like this: Father: I think we should give Gina a dog. Jesus: I don’t think she would like that. I think she would find it disruptive. Father: Exactly. Jesus: Oh, this is going to be fun. Oh yes, she’s been disruptive. She’s required countless hours of training, walking, …

The Good Life

Gina Butz faith 0 Comments

The world would have us think that a good life is a “significant” one. It is one in which you have bigger, better, more; you have some combination of fame and fortune. I believe God would differ. And I agree with Him, especially after reflecting on the life of my grandmother. The night before her funeral last Saturday, we sat …

Learning

Gina Butz Uncategorized 2 Comments

The garbage disposal in my parents’ kitchen clogged two nights ago. This was inconvenient on a number of levels, such as: my parents were gone, my husband was gone, I am not good with tools, and oh yeah, after 13 years overseas I lack certain skills most people have gained by this point. In other words, I haven’t interacted with …