I am here to build bridges.
This is the calling that God continually sets before me: to build bridges between people both inside and outside the Church.
I’m so glad you’re here!
My name is Lanie Anderson, and I love to write about bridges: the ones that connect us to God and to other people. I think bridge-building is simply a colloquial term for the ministry of reconciliation that God has given everyone in His Church.
According to 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, we have been entrusted by God with that noble task, and my prayer is that this space will equip and encourage us all towards that end.
I am twenty-six years old and live in New Orleans, Louisiana, with my husband, Will. We have one dog-child named Maggie. (Yes, we treat her too much like a person.) Will gets to work from home every day, and I am an M.Div. student studying Christian apologetics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. You can learn more about my journey to seminary here.
I was a college minister at my alma mater in Mississippi for three years before we felt God’s nudge to move to New Orleans last summer so that I could be on my seminary’s campus.
When I am not studying or writing, I enjoy reading books (ones not included on a class syllabus!), and I’m usually in the middle of several books at a time. I also drink to much coffee. My favorite pastimes are exercise and Friday night dates with Will at a local coffee shop. I think I’m an introvert, but I’m also a verbal processor.
A lot of my early writing experience is in journalism. I have also written for Faithfully Magazine and Intersect Project, and I have also co-authored curriculum for Be the Bridge, an organization that provides tools and resources that equip the Church for the work of racial reconciliation.
I look forward to building bridges together, Church.
“From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” -2 Corinthians 5:11-21