Good Stuff

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How do we develop a taste for good things? Is it an acquired taste, cultivated by careful nurture? Or are some of us just born with a hunger for life that drives us through every transition, challenge and heartache with the promise of good news on the other side?I ask my 3-year-old, "What are your favorite things?" I see wheels turning, and finally she says, "I don't know." (Translation:"I do know, but I don't quite have the words in my 3-year-old sense of self...") So I start ins … [Read more...]

Unwound

First, confessions of an English major: I was totally thrown off my zen today by my yoga instructor's improper use of the word "invaluable." I could not release the error to its own beautiful truth or whatever, and focus in the present moment.That out of the way--best class ever today. We focused on twists. I'm sure there are fancy yogi terms for twist variations, but to me, all that was lost after invaluable. As far am I'm concerned, we just spent an hour twisting, and it was divine. I have t … [Read more...]

Under Pressure

God spoke to me today.I love when that happens. I hate when that happens.I love when that happens because hearing the voice of God is the simple reward for living a (reasonably) spiritual life. When you move through the world looking for something holy at every turn (translation: looking for sermon material), then eventually, you will see something holy. If you wait for a clear next step each day (ok, maybe every other day. If i'm not too busy) then yes, eventually, a next step gets carved ou … [Read more...]

More S*^! Jesus Says

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I'm working/praying/stumbling my way through a sermon series on the Beatitudes, otherwise known at my place as S*^! Jesus Says. In getting to the heart of these simple yet soul-shifting imperatives, I find it helpful to start with that which Jesus did not say:So, for week 2, S*^! Jesus Did Not Say:--Blessed are they who avoid nursing homes, hospitals, and funerals, for fear of their own human frailty.--Blessed are those who think divorce is contagious, and steer clear of their … [Read more...]

Take a Load Off

Maybe I'm too young to claim The Band as part of the soundtrack to my life.  But the death of Levon Helm has me thinking about the first time I heard "The Weight--" or at least the first time i paid attention--and well, i do believe it did some shaping of me that Debbie Gibson, Guns n Roses, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't quite manage.A Coke commercial: A beautiful woman drives a convertible through the desert, with a happy and faithful looking dog. "The Weight" comes through in the backg … [Read more...]

Spinach

When I was pregnant, I could not eat green vegetables. I couldn't stomach the tastes and textures, plus the heartburn that ensued was unbearable. (I often think that nature uses pregnancy to prepare women for motherhood in many ways. Including, perhaps, making us empathetic to a picky toddler's eating habits). So, I ate lots of fruit and took my vitamins, and hoped that God would work out the math on all the fingers and toes that were knitting themselves together inside me.Well, God (and the … [Read more...]

Dear Church: It’s Not You, It’s Us

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It is no secret: vocational ministers are burning out, leaving the Church,  and experiencing a rise in stress-related health problems.  I'm grateful that this issue is getting some attention lately in mainstream media, and also for the good work of organizations like The Lilly Endowment.  These folks are taking proactive measures to curb the trend. They not only help raise awareness; they help equip congregations and pastors with resources, better practices, and networks of support to keep eve … [Read more...]

GCB: The Good, the Gag-me, and the Gospel

I love the GCB. And it bugs me. And I love to let it bug me.Lots of people don't love it, and I kind of get why. For one thing, it is not super well-written. The main character is sort of flat. I don't think she's a bad actress, really...they just aren't writing her very good lines. Also, if you are a Christian, it feels (ALOT) like the show is making fun. Because it is.However, if you are a Christian who does not take yourself too seriously, it is pretty spot-on funny. Or if you are what we … [Read more...]

S*^! Jesus Says… Or Doesn’t

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I just dropped a book, picked it up, and then proceeded to trip over a bike rack, all in a span of about 7 seconds. And all in public, of course.Yesterday, I got my calendar wires crossed and missed a meeting with someone who drove nearly an hour to see me. Also, I spent most of the day lying on the couch, staring at the ceiling, while my kids played near me/climbed on me/came down from Sunday's sugar high.No, I'm not pregnant. This is just a glimpse of a minister's life the week after … [Read more...]


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