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?
This summer, I was sitting in a dimly-lit barn late on a Tuesday night with a circle of 19 year olds. We were at 4-H camp, and my oldest daughter was across the circle. Each person was sharing what wisdom she would tell her younger self if she could. When it was Lauren’s turn, she…… Continue reading When Things Break
He is the vine and we are the branches. His banner over me is love. I’ve sung the chorus so many times. Sitting in a small circle with someone playing the guitar. Standing in front of a roomful of children at Vacation Bible School leading their sweet voices. Driving down the highway belting it out with…… Continue reading Help me. Help me. Help me. – What it means to abide in God
Sometimes I read the Psalms and I think David had multiple personality disorder. One second he’s crying out in anguish that God has forgotten him, forsaken him, that God remains silent and hides his face. Then with the very next breath, David is saying things like, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has…… Continue reading When God Disappoints Us
originally posted Dec. 13, 2013 This year for Advent readings, we have gone back to the beginning. Back to creation where The Father, Son, and Spirit together spoke and breathed everything into being. And it was good. All good. Until the humans decided it would be better to be like God and messed all…… Continue reading Advent – Grace Upon Grace Upon Grace
Back in September of 2010, my son Griffin said this, I know one thing — trusting God. He made us; He loves us; He died for us. That’s why I go to church, to learn more about trusting God. At the time, Griffin was a month shy of 5 years old. Talk about out of…… Continue reading I Know One Thing