The Unapologetics

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I'm not complaining. I have the best job in the world. I spend time with wonderful people who have incredible stories to share. I get to write, and read, like, a lot. I get to break bread in all sorts of settings and call it blessed. I set my own schedule, within reason. I go on trips. I talk about Jesus. I share with people the fullest and most joyful moments of their lives. And when an earthly life has ended, I draw a thread of narrative to bring meaning from it all, and point it all back to … [Read more...]

The Tenth Day of Christmas: Elf Hats, Broken Candles, and Leftover S’Mores

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I'm staring at a blinking cursor on a blank white screen, and wondering why it is so hard to make a beginning. I haven't preached or blogged in nearly two weeks. You'd think i would be just FULL of good news, articulate responses to world events, and witty observations of human behavior. Well, I may be full of something, but today, it is neither wit nor wisdom.On the contrary, writing is like excercise. The more you do it, the easier it is. Fall out for a few days, and it seems nearly … [Read more...]

Filled with Good Things

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Rev. Brandon Gilvin is the Associate Director of Week of Compassion, and he is also a dang good writer. A native Kentuckian, he now lives in Kansas City with his wife, Lisa.I recently returned  from a two week trip to India, where I visited two very different states, Bihar and Meghalaya, to learn about some of the work supported through a partnership between Week of Compassion, Foods Resource Bank , and several other ecumenical partners from the FRB network.  From the sleepy mountain town of … [Read more...]

Daring to Wait

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Cheryl Carmichael is the author of Dare to Care: Caring for Our Elders. She began her career in aging with the Area Agency on Aging, in Phoenix, Arizona. Cheryl earned an AAS in Gerontology in 2002. She worships and serves at Foothills Christian Church in Phoenix.Cheryl’s father, Bill, is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's Disease. What are you waiting for? After my parents’ divorce, I was raised by my mother. I was 14, and she harbored much anger towards my dad. … [Read more...]

A Prayer for World AIDS Day

Eight years ago, I went on a small mission trip to Swaziland, a tiny little kingdom in southern Africa, a (scary) 5-hour drive east of Johannesburg. One in four adults there is HIV positive--and that is just reported cases--ranking that country's rate of infection among the highest in the world. Poverty and gender inequality were, and remain, key factors in the spread of the disease.As one often learns on a mission trip, our time there was spent not so much 'doing' anything that would change … [Read more...]

Fresh Batch of Good News

I love to veg out with a magazine. Doesn't really matter what kind, just something brainless that i can scan through without giving it much attention. This time of year, I especially love the nov/dec issues of women's magazines. For better or worse, lots of recipes, pretty pictures, and holiday inspiration. (crafty things i will never actually make myself, but sure nice stuff to look at when someone else has done the work.)I've noticed a trend, not just in magazine world, but also on morning … [Read more...]

Practicing Gratitude

I've gotta say... for all the junk and crazy-making stuff that floats around on facebook, i'm finding the daily 'thankful' posts a blessed relief. In case you haven't noticed--many people challenge themselves, during the month of November, to give thanks for something every day of the month.  People share their gratitude for everything from health and family to simple daily blessings--good food, good coffee, the smell of laundry on a weekday evening. All told, sifting through my newsfeed these da … [Read more...]

Next…

A deep breath...this is a non-partisan post, I promise. In fact, I've tried to focus all my posts around specific issues and social concerns; not about people, parties or politics. But today, especially, is a day to try and get past party lines and talk about what's next.To that end, here's what we've (all, hopefully) learned:-Hating on the gays doesn't buy votes anymore. Let's move on and talk about something else next time.-There are many women's issues in politics, but using the la … [Read more...]

We The People

I was inspired and encouraged by the people I saw at the polls this morning. Not just the by the number of them, but by their diversity. Young and old; men and women; affluent and otherwise; Hispanic, Indian, Anglo, and citizens of European heritage, speaking to their children in native tongues...In this season of Thanksgiving, I am extremely grateful for our founding fathers, and their vision of democracy; for the generations of men and women who have protected our freedom; for women who foug … [Read more...]


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