Gay marriage. Gay clergy. Gay acceptance. Gay affirmation. Discussing these issues among a wide spectrum of people (or on social media) is like tossing a lit match into a keg of gun powder. Yet here I am. Lit match in my hand. About to drop it into the barrel. Hoping a steady stream of Grace…… Continue reading Christianity & Gay Affirmation
I grew up in the 70s and 80s. My preschool days were filled with old school Sesame Street. You know, back before that cheerful little Elmo came along. Back when Cookie Monster gobbled cookies shamelessly, without worrying about carbs or gluten. Also on my preschool must-see-TV list — Romper Room. And since I was a…… Continue reading Who Is My Neighbor?
The End Times. I have spent a lot of years submerged in evangelical Christian culture. I never actually wore a t-shirt that said, “Get right or get left,” but I saw them. I read the popular books about the End Times. As a teenager, I saw the movie that was designed to terrify everyone…… Continue reading Are You Letting Your Love Grow Cold?
By now, we have all heard about the Syrian refugee crisis. Many Christian leaders and teachers are encouraging Christians to “stand up and be the Church,” as Ann Voskamp puts it. But as I scroll through Facebook or search for information about the Syrian refugees on the Internet, I also see dire warnings about how this…… Continue reading Christians, Refugees, and the Threat of the Trojan Horse
originally posted August 2012 The fog was thick in our valley this morning. When I first woke and looked out the window, my house was tucked all in by dense, white air. It sort of felt like we were floating among the clouds. As I drove the children to school, I began to complain…… Continue reading Limited Visibility
originally posted in December 2011. Last night, I was singing to this boy, Jackson, at bedtime. I don’t often sing to them at bedtime any more. Sometimes we read. We hug and kiss. And we pray. Always, we pray. But I don’t often hold them and rock them and sing to them as I did…… Continue reading My Heart Knows
Flashback Friday. I wrote this in October of 2007. We have become spiritual consumers. Perhaps we have become so steeped in the notion that we are consumers in all areas of our society, that it was inevitable for it to invade our spirituality. Nevertheless, we have become spiritual consumers. Just look at your local…… Continue reading Fat, Fat Christian
A ThrowBack Thursday post for you. I wrote this in October of 2007. This was just before a game, but it happened in the middle of games too. Soccer season is winding down. We’ve had four children playing for the past month. The girls play on a team on Mondays and Wednesdays and two of…… Continue reading #TBT ~ Distraction
Jesus was pretty clear about what he wanted his followers to do — love God and love other people. Over and over and over in the New Testament, we’re reminded to do everything in love, to be rooted in love, to bear with each other in love, to put on love like clothing, to spur…… Continue reading Love – with all your broken, tattered heart, LOVE
I love Easter. Resurrection. Hope. New life. Beginning. Overcoming. Love. All of that. I love all of that. And Cadbury eggs, I love those too. I love that Easter is the sunset of Working hard and doing it myself and the sunrise of Jesus did it all for me. That’s it. When I wake up to…… Continue reading The Sunrise of Grace