The Gospel of Weaver’s


Hot dogs can preach. True story.There's a place on Main Street in London Kentucky—less than a block from First Christian Church—called Weaver’s Hot dogs. Lovingly referred to by locals as “Drew’s,” it started when the Weaver family bought the local pool hall in 1940 and started serving chili dogs… with chili made in the family home and carried to the place each morning. Over the years it evolved into a restaurant, the kind of place that has “regulars” and “a breakfast crowd”—meaning the retir … [Read more...]

The New 60 Seconds

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The main characters (in a pretty rotten and forgettable movie) are having the classic "If the house was on fire and you had 60 seconds, what would you save?" conversation. The movie is so boring, i don't pay any attention to their responses. My mind is already wandering here: in my experience, when that question comes up in an icebreaker situation, there is one overwhelmingly unanimous answer: "Pictures!" people reply, without hesitation. It seems to me, though, that our ready-made answer no … [Read more...]


The last time i preached a sermon on the 23rd Psalm, it was rotten. To those who heard it, it was probably just bland and forgettable, but to me, upon reflection, it went nowhere, and offered little good news. It was years ago and i don't even remember what it said, so why am i sure that it was a crummy sermon?Because even now, when i reflect on peace, it is a broad and sweeping ideal that covers everything from lying on a beach with an umbrella drink (yes, please) to ending the conflict in … [Read more...]

The New Time Out


“The Peace Pole Project is the official Project of The World Peace Prayer Society. It started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the languages of the world.” … [Read more...]

Gaga Gospel

I'm sitting in my office, doing the Holy Week Hustle--the painful and sacred dance that church leaders learn while simultaneously planning services for Good Friday and Easter. All the awkwardness of dancing at prom, with the joy of dancing at a wedding and the pain of the morning AFTER dancing at said wedding, realizing that you are far too old and out of shape to dance for hours in 3-inch-heels. It's that kind of dance.So, here i am, trying to get into a dark and twisty (thanks, Drs. Grey and … [Read more...]

…Like the Easter Bunny Threw Up in Here

A toy catalogue for Easter, Target? Seriously?  I realize that Easter has gone just as mainstream as Christmas. That’s fine.  Christians can’t mark a day as special and then say that nobody else is allowed to be special that day.  Life is short.  Celebrate whenever possible! Make special days meaningful, even if your interpretation differs from the traditional meaning.  But a home/table/child that looks like the Easter Bunny threw up in here? No thanks. [i'm looking at you pottery barn.]In th … [Read more...]

Coffee Prayers

No, I haven't resorted to praying to my coffee. Though, as anyone with young children can affirm, it is tempting. I once read a little blurb in a magazine about the powerful properties of coffee. As the "lifeblood" dripped into the pot, the author said, she didn't just start to feel better about the morning. She felt better about herself, the world, and life in general.*I mean, right? For those of us who drink coffee, isn't that pretty much the size of it? It isn't just a physiological need, t … [Read more...]

Why Dr. Dobson is Not My Doctor (and now, neither is my doctor…)

I'll back up. Took my baby for a 4-month well check this week. He weighed in fine. He's in the 90th percentile for length (btw, both of my kids are going to out-grow me by the 2nd grade. If you knew their dad, you would not be surprised). Anyway, all was well.  Give us the shots and let's get out of here, right?But not before the pediatrician started talking to me about using "tough love" to get a baby to sleep in the crib, and sleep through the night, letting him cry it out, etc. Not that I'm … [Read more...]

The Sacred Imperfect

Yikes. I have not blogged in so long that i had forgotten my password. Slacker? yes. Mom of toddler and newborn much? yes.Well, newborn's not a newborn anymore. Technically, TECHNICALLY, he should be sleeping through the night now (insert riotous laughter from all of mom-dom here...) and my life should be back to "normal." Trouble is, there's a new standard of normal in my life now, and i have a feeling that will continue to evolve over the next 18 years or so. So i figure i'd better get … [Read more...]