What Makes Faith Believable?

Prosperity Gospel is pretty noxious. There's no reason to believe that our faith will protect us from suffering or make us rich. But sometimes, perhaps in rejection of prosperity gospel, a different but equally noxious faith narrative finds a voice. It goes something like this:I used to have lots of unique, interesting friends with 3D personalities. I used to enjoy parties and eating, and leaving my house occasionally--but then I became serious about my faith, and traded my sinful … [Read more...]

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A Time Capsule of Shame: What We Can Learn From Litter

Sunday was a glorious late summer day, 65 degrees and sunny, so I took a walk, and just kept walking, around one more bend in the road, one more corner, until it no longer made sense to turn around and go home. Instead, I had to keep going around the block, because the shortest way home had become forward rather than behind me.It was more miles than I usually cover, along sparsely populated country roads, which seem to collect more litter than other streets, or at least they are not often … [Read more...]

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Cosplay Saints: Unmasking the Path to Holiness

* My bad memories don't bother me much. They're tucked away back there somewhere, but mostly out of mind. It's my good memories I've spent half my lifetime trying to overcome.All of high school, and most of college are in the vaults, but every time I listen to Gregorian Chant, I'm back in 1997 putting on my plastic headphones and tape deck to go for a walk along the Thames river near Port Meadow, happily anticipating that around any bend in the path I'm likely to run into a pub, a church or … [Read more...]

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Back to the Virtual Chalkboard

My children go back to school on Monday, which feels ridiculously early. I always associate the return to school with the return of Fall. So it seems, having barely experienced summer at all (last night it was 40 degrees in Indiana), that the seasons are turning again, and that winter will be here again all too soon.There's so much to do. The older boys need physicals. Everyone needs registering, and the school system has switched to online registration, which means sitting at the computer … [Read more...]

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Life Drifts From One Party to the Next

Thanks to Elizabeth Foss's for creating the "Gathering my Thoughts" post, after which I've modeled the following. Outside my window:The weather could not be better really, sunny, 70 degrees, good breeze, cumulus clouds. Last week I almost fell asleep on the porch one night wrapped in a blanket with a book on my lap while my husband walked the kids to the tractor pull at the county fair. Every ten minutes or so I heard the gunning of a tractor motor and it jarred me awake a … [Read more...]

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Baling Hay For a Good Time

The drive to my parents' house includes a country road that pretends to have two lanes, but is really only wide enough for one car. It's a terribly tempting road on which to speed because of all the short hills that, when you accelerate just so, send your guts up to your ears.So, I was speeding on those blind hills this afternoon, when I crested a hill, guts a-flying, and came face to face with a twenty-foot wide farm implement. You always know it's a possibility on this road. You've seen … [Read more...]

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The Idiot Experience of Righteous Anger

Last night, I came home from the store after dark to find that someone had left the garage door hanging open again. This is a raw topic for me, because the garage door is left hanging open with uncanny frequency, no matter that I've reasonably requested closing the door many times after the children have extracted their bicycles and toys.So, in my righteous indignation, I stomped out to the garage, and slammed the door shut, then slammed it again when it didn't stay shut, and finally, I … [Read more...]

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