Rachel’s Tears and Divine Mercy

Two weeks ago, a friend of mine had her third child. There were some complications when he was born, and although both mom and baby are both healthy now, it was scary, especially for her. As I heard bits and pieces of the story throughout the day, I found myself terrified, anxious, excited, angry, and sad, all at once. I felt strangely connected to this little life, even though it wasn't my baby. Perhaps it was because my pregnancy with Lola was full of complications, some little and only mildly … [Read more...]

God in a Mushroom

What can a mushroom teach us about God? The building I work in has rows of peace lilies and palms growing indoors. It's a beautiful part of the building, a conference center, full of natural light and open space. There's a caretaker who, twice a week or so, tends to the plants, watering them, trimming away dead leaves, et cetera. One day, though, I noticed he missed a sizable mushroom:At first, I didn't think much of it, but as I walked away, it stuck with me. I came to the conclusion … [Read more...]

A Broken Heart, Mom Rage, and a Call to Action

***Before I even get started, here's a plea: Donate to Syrian refugees through UNHCR here. Do it. I won't guilt you, but I'm giving you my best mom glare, so you had better or you shall INCUR MY WRATH.***Part One: The Broken Heart A few days ago, this image came to my attention.(WARNING: The following image is graphic. You should still look at it and take in the full meaning of it, but you should prepare yourself.)Now, until that moment, the Syrian crisis was one amongst so … [Read more...]

What’s Your Story?

First of all, I am sorry. I've been gone for, oh, five months? In my defense, this happened:Yes, my dear, sweet, brain-eating zombie baby was born in April, and thus I have an excuse for everything. Or not. Whatever.But, right, yes, I came here to say something, didn't I?I jumped ship from the S.S. Christianity a while ago. This is not a secret.Yet, no one seems to know how to make sense of this. I've heard everything from "So you're an atheist?" to "Well, you'll come … [Read more...]

Not So Pinterest Perfect

I am a mess.I'll take "This is not news" for 500, Alex.But for real, though, my life is absolute chaos.I run between being a full-time seminary student, a part-time web designer, a writer, a wife, a mom-to-be, and what feels like eight million other things during every moment of my life. And I have a feeling this isn't exceptional--most of you probably feel the same way.And yet, for some inconceivable notion, I have a Pinterest account.Why? WHY?!? Why do SO MANY of us think t … [Read more...]

Miss Jane

Hello, friends.I'm going to level with you: My thesis is due in less than a month and I am nowhere near done. As I tried to come up with something of substance to write about this month, I found myself completely at a loss. After several failed attempts at something more easily identifiable as an actual blog post, I've decided that, this week, story counts as a post, and so I've written the following snippet of fiction. Bonus, this also fulfills an assignment for one of my classes. So, I'm s … [Read more...]

Dear Theology Professors

Dear theology professors,I have a request. Though it may seem short on words (and definitely short on tact), it is quite complicated. However, I trust you are up to the task.Please stop making your classes so boring.(What? How can I possibly say this? I'm a theology student, after all, isn't the topic innately interesting to me?)No. It isn't. I love theology and all its related fields. I enjoy studying it, interpreting it, and creating my own highly irreverent and usually wrong … [Read more...]

Sacred, Pregnant Waiting

Advent. This time of year has always been somewhat sacred to me.Despite the fact that I live in Minnesota, and I hate winter.Despite the fact that Christmas in the United States is pretty much just a celebration of consumerism.Despite the fact that I haven't identified with Christianity for quite some time.I think it's the mystery of it all. The unknown, the waiting for something that hasn't yet happened but is so palpable you can nearly taste it. This year, it is especially … [Read more...]

The Unholy Divine

holy  adjective\ˈhō-lē\: exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness  I don't feel that I'm going too far outside the realm of reasonable generalizations in saying that most people of faith probably associate their respective conceptions of the Divine with a word similar to the one defined above. At least, in my experience, having attended a Christian college and two seminaries, plus a significant number of houses of worship and faith communities, this wor … [Read more...]

Fatal Distraction.

This past week, this post has been circulating around the more evangelical corners of the interwebs.While I understand the desire to focus on holy week (trust me, liturgical seasons are big in the Anderson household), I think it’s complete BS. For those of you who didn’t read the post, it essentially says that the “paint the internet red” campaign by HRC is Satan’s way of distracting us from holy week.Seriously? That is some of the most transparent BS I’ve seen ever since the “women’s … [Read more...]