Top 10 Posts of 2012

A colleague told me yesterday that my post on “Why I am a Christian Democrat” was not only my most-read post ever, but was one of the most-read posts on the entire Patheos site in 2012. Wow. I’m pondering whether this post’s gratifying success might be pointing me toward my next book project. For now, [Read More...]

Let’s Change Our Gun Laws…and Preserve “Qualities of Heart and Spirit”

One month (actually, a month and a day) after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, issues around gun violence and gun control are still making headlines. Vice President Joe Biden’s policy recommendations will be shared today. As someone who has written and cared about gun control for many years, I can’t help but [Read More...]

“You Made Me Happy, Mom”: Christmas 2012

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I take Christmas gifts for my children very seriously, keeping a running list on my iPhone of gift ideas (some of their choosing, some my own brainstorm) and then sitting down in November to chart exactly what each child will receive, factoring in fairness and wants and needs and budget. I aim for each child [Read More...]

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Including Me)

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According to the Mayans, the world was supposed to end on Friday. It didn’t. But it sure feels like a bit like the end of the world as we know it, doesn’t it? The afternoon of December 14, some friends and I remarked that it felt an awful lot like 9/11. We had that same [Read More...]

Broken Bones, School Shootings, Divine Intentions, and Why We Suffer

As the one-year anniversary of my book publication approaches in January, I’m devoting Fridays from now until the end of the year to revisiting the book’s major themes. Each Friday, I’ll post an excerpt from No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Suffering in an Age of Advanced Reproduction. This week’s excerpt focuses [Read More...]

What to Do Now? Teach Kindness, Work to Curb Violence, and Hug Each Other

There are so many valuable words coming from my writing friends and colleagues in the Sandy Hook shooting’s aftermath that I could sit at the computer, posting links to my Facebook page all day long. Here are three I’d like to share with you: Fellow Patheos blogger and my good friend Amy Julia Becker, like [Read More...]

Lessons from a Christmas Cactus

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It blooms every Christmas and every Easter. I don’t do anything to make that happen. I water it when I remember to. I keep it in an east-facing window where it gets some sun but not too much. Other than that, I put absolutely no effort into this little plant. And still, every Christmas, every [Read More...]

On Blogging in Response to Tragedy

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As I sat on the sunny bench in my front yard on Friday afternoon, where I had planned to tie up a few loose writing ends and was quickly waylaid by the awful news coming out of the small town not far west of here, I thought about whether and how to respond. I didn’t [Read More...]

“There but for the grace of God”?: Grace, Darkness, and the Sandy Hook Shooting

As I huddled beneath my flannel sheets Friday night, two of my children safely in their beds, my oldest daughter out with my husband driving several of her friends home, I surprised myself by whispering, “There but for the grace of God go I,” that old cliché that comes in response to tragedy. Friday’s Newtown, [Read More...]

I’m Pretty Sure Today IS the Time to Talk About Gun Control

I came home from a lovely lunch with my mom to headlines that 27 people are dead in an elementary school not far from where I live. At least 18 are children. One account said that the gunman opened fire in a kindergarten classroom. I’m going to repost what I wrote after another (of the [Read More...]

A Whole New Way to Bring Home Baby

As the one-year anniversary of my book publication approaches in January, I’m devoting Fridays from now until the end of the year to revisiting the book’s major themes. Each Friday, I’ll post an excerpt from No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Suffering in an Age of Advanced Reproduction. This week’s excerpt focuses [Read More...]

Preparing a Way for God to Enter Our Busy Advent World

My Advent posts this year have centered on a single theme—that honoring Advent does not require us to retreat from busy Christmas preparation, that our thing- and task-focused preparations might even be particularly appropriate for a God who came to us as an actual needy baby born in a stinky stable. Because I am fully [Read More...]


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