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May 14, 2013
What Does this Mean?
Nine years ago--almost to the day--I sat in a small meeting room with a committee...
May 01, 2013
Rootless and Wandering
If you ever wonder what pastors talk about when we get together, the topics are,...
April 30, 2013
Recipe for Joy–Review
It's always fun when people send you free books. A few weeks ago, I got...
April 19, 2013
The Lord is my shepherd, whether I like it or not. I shall not want....
April 16, 2013
When Good People Say Dumb Stuff
In the wake of a tragedy like yesterday's bombing, we ask the age-old question: why...
April 11, 2013
Head and Heart
When a church is dying, The Body wants to know why. When people are leaving (or just...
April 09, 2013
Baby Jesus to Bloody Jesus: The Children’s Ministry Challenge
I'm finally letting myself believe it: the enormous pile of children in our sanctuary is...
April 04, 2013
I've got a testimony. That's a word we don't throw around in mainline progressive circles...
April 02, 2013
Don’t You Know Who I Am?
He is risen! Happy Easter, and all that. I don't usually post my sermons in...
March 28, 2013
The Trouble With Your “Lifestyle”
I'm going to say a thing. Stop me if you've heard it: "Just because I...
March 27, 2013
Love, Lars, and Lent Lessons
Have you seen ‘Lars and the Real Girl?’ If not, stop reading this—no seriously, right...
March 26, 2013
A Song and a Prayer: The Holy Week Playlist
Throughout the season of Advent, Christmas music (for better or worse) blares at us everywhere we...
March 25, 2013
For Goodness’ Sake
Every other week of the world, Friday is full of good things. Barbeques and kids’...
March 22, 2013
The desert in blessed springtime… Crystal blue skies, perfect temperatures, and actual green stuff creeping...
March 21, 2013
Pink Bags (and Other Baggage)
Is this a post about Jesus? Not so much. I somehow couldn't manage to fit 'Jesus' and...
March 18, 2013
Sympathy for the Devil?
A young girl gets drunk at a party. She is, for all intents and purposes,...
March 14, 2013
$*^! Jesus Says: Seeds and Weeds Edition
For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,...
March 13, 2013
The Way the Wind Blows
I'm watching. You probably are too. While thousands of faithful Catholics have been waiting in...
March 12, 2013
Using Our Words: Power Verbs for the Language of Faith
As the mother of two preschoolers, I find myself saying this thing that used to...
March 06, 2013
Prepare the Way: Why I Need Carbs (and Coffee) for Lent
This week, Patheos asked its bloggers to reflect on spiritual practices that we find especially...
March 05, 2013
Everything I Really Needed to Know About Ministry, I Learned as a Sorority Rush Chair
In a small group at church last weekend, we were asked to complete the following sentence:...
March 01, 2013
The Secret Password
Time for Lenten weeping and gnashing of teeth. We progressive/mainline protestant types aren't into the...
February 26, 2013
Year of the Dude: Hyper-Masculinity in Marketing, Media and Mega-church
Any time i post an especially pro-woman bit of commentary, i get feedback saying that...
February 22, 2013
Snow Days, Sick Days, and Other Enforced Sabbaths
I made the mistake of saying out loud last week that I hadn't been sick...
February 20, 2013
True story: my husband and i were out having dinner at a nice restaurant. Which...
February 19, 2013
If you want to avoid Downton spoilers, then just go visit my guest post on...
February 15, 2013
The New Anonymous
My friend Matt over at the Board of Church Extension wrote a great piece about...
February 14, 2013
Out of the (little black) Box
Hey. Watch this real quick. When you're done tossing your pink frosted cookies, come back and...
February 13, 2013
Ashes and Casseroles: The Business of Life
I did a funeral this morning for a beloved saint of the church. Now I'm working...
February 12, 2013
I'm feeling a little out of breath. I'm new to Patheos this week, which means...
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