Rushing the Season

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Every year, I rant and rave when the stores haul out the xmas stuff before they've cleared out the back to school aisle. I engage in some good-natured banter with friends who LOVE the October carols on the radio. (But it’s all good, Peter, cause at least we agree that bourbon is always in season). I wait, diligently, to hang so much as a branch of evergreen, until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. And the ^*@# Elf on the Shelf knows not to show up at my house until at least Advent 1.And yet, h … [Read more...]



I followed a sparkly red lady bug and a plush green dragon down the street.Nevermind it was October 31. It was about 100 degrees outside, and the plush, fuzzy, cozy costume—which would have been just swell in some chilly autumn Midwestern burrow—was utterly ridiculous in the desert. But dang, he was adorable.We’d just moved from one desert suburb to another… just a few miles apart, but worlds away. The place we’d been the previous year—with a two-year-old witch and a newborn, who went dre … [Read more...]

A Blankedy-Blank Preacher


Let me tell you about the worstest sermon I have ever preached. I would venture to say it was possibly the worst sermon ANYone has ever preached, but …we know that’s not true. At least my rotten sermon didn’t do actual harm to people.That said, it didn’t do any good either. It was about 3 years ago. I had just come back from maternity leave after having my second baby. Right around the time I went back to work—my husband and I both got this nasty upper respiratory infection that hung around f … [Read more...]

Good China, Good Sleep, and Sexpectations: 10 Truths from 10 Years of Marriage


We are celebrating 10 years of marriage this month. 10 years, 2 kids, 1 dog, 2 cross-country moves, countless road trips, several bad hair cuts, more than a few miscommunications, and more West Wing marathons than we’ll ever tell…Reflecting on the joys and challenges of all that, I’ve been (mentally) working them up into a blog post; then dang it if Rachel Held Evans  didn’t beat me to it and write the post first. Yesterday. I read hers and thought it was pretty great. No need for mine. … [Read more...]

A Bully is a Bully


Today millions of people are wearing (or facebook posting) purple, in support of GLAAD'S "Stand up Against Bullying" effort.More and more folks are getting on the ‘stand up to meanies’ of band wagons these days. Since the evolution of the Trevor Project, more non-profits, celebrities, schools and entire communities are committed to this same message: stop being mean, meanies. And, if you are NOT a meanie, learn how to, you know, say stop.Thing is, gone are the days of a bully = big kid on … [Read more...]

Runway Gospel and Gunn’s Good News

I’m back! A big thanks to all the wonderful guest bloggers who filled this space with fresh insight, wit and wisdom while I was in transition. I’m settling in to my new office and getting to know my new church folks, and learning what God looks like on the prairie. And I want to tell you all about all of that, but there’s another big event this week that’s on my mind and heart, and if it’s not on yours, it should be… That’s right, it’s time for the season finale of Project Runway!!!!W … [Read more...]

Batting Clean-Up


Guest Post by the Rev. Courtney RichardsWhen looking for a concise, well-researched, thoughtfully cultivated, reviewed, evaluated, and measuredly logical source of information, one can do no better than Wikipedia.(One can do far better than Wikipedia.)As a recently connected but quickly enthralled reader of Erin’s work (and drawn to common orbit along a remarkably strong ‘friend of’ force field), I was … beyond ‘flattered,’ really; what’s the word for about six levels past that? … whe … [Read more...]

Good Game, God Game


Guest Post by Kent SomersWe sportswriters gather around our subject, recording devices held at the end of out-stretched arms, waiting for an explanation, an observation, a quote -- anything that will entice people to read the other 700 or so words in our stories.And sometimes this, or something like it, comes.“I’d like to thank God for putting me in position to make that touchdown/tackle/winning shot.” Or maybe, “we have to accept that this loss/injury/disappointment as part of God’s … [Read more...]

Three Parables


Guest Post by the Rev. Brandon Gilvin “The Christian life is a continual process of death and resurrection ... When I trip over something I think I know ... or God disrupts what I think I know ... if I choose to stay in community, then I see God's grace fill in cracks of all our brokenness."--Nadia Bolz-Weber“Fiction is the privileged path for the redescription of reality.”--Paul RicoeurMark 5:41She was the second child baptized in that swimming pool, right after her twin … [Read more...]