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...]

Five things I wish you wouldn’t assume about my daughter’s adoption…

Guest Post by Kara Foster 1. That I am filled with pride every time you tell me that my daughter looks like my husband or me. When we sat down with our adoption agency, we checked the box that said we were open to a child of any ethnic background.  It was not a decision we made without much thought and consideration. I read all kinds of information on being an interracial family and parenting a child of a different ethnic background.  I bought an “adoption rocks” t-shirt for our one day child a … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Preaching about Fat Jesus

Guest Post by the Rev. Kory WilcoxsonEvery Wednesday morning, I lead a Sermon Talkback at our church. The purpose for the participants is to delve deeper into the previous Sunday’s sermon and ask questions that were raised or share insights gained. The purpose for me is to find out what worked, what didn’t, and what people heard that I didn’t even know I said. Yes, it can be as scary as it sounds.A few weeks ago, I opened up the floor for feedback on the most recent sermon. “So, what were … [Read more...]

I Never Wanted Church

Guest Post by Sarah Stewart HollandIn 2009, I convinced my husband to leave our fancy six-figure lives in Washington, DC, and move back to my hometown of Paducah, KY. Well, convinced is a strong word. I got pregnant and then told him me and the baby were moving to Paducah and he was welcome to join us.A decade before I had loaded up my cherry red Oldsmobile Cutlass and headed away for college convinced I was leaving the town of my birth forever. My dreams were too big to be contained … [Read more...]

Time for a Savasana from Life

By Guest Blogger Cristen Wathen The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity. Erich Fromm Time for a Savasana from life.I’m a counselor.  I’m a Christian.  I’m an educator. I’m an academic.  I’m a researcher.  I’m a wife. I’m a friend. I’m an advisor. I’m an advocate.  I’m a makeshift yogi.  I’m a hiker/camper.  I’m a mentor………… I’m really tired.Ha.  I am with those of trying to balance your world.  My thoughts, my feelings, my dreams … [Read more...]

Is Life Truly a Cabaret?…”Blurred Lines” and a Hurting World

Guest Post by Cristen Wathen“It was the end of the world…and I was dancing with Sally Bowles...and we were both asleep…”Cabaret!  One of my favorite Broadway musicals (I’m a bit of a buff) the music, the time-period, the dancing, the message...  There is nothing like seeing a show like this one live.  Actually, I have two very distinct memories from the first time I saw Cabaret! on stage.  Growing up in a Christian sub-culture where my friends and I preferred The Little Mermaid to … [Read more...]

$*^! Jesus Says: The Lay Down Your Weapons Edition

"You have heard it said, the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. But verily, I say unto you, that this woman is a total badass...and her only weapons were prayer, courage, and compassion. Verily I say unto you; the world is violent, but there is always another way."Alright, so I don't say 'verily' much. But Antoinette Tuff deserves a 'verily.' She verily saved the lives of countless children yesterday. When a gunman entered the school where she works, she … [Read more...]

Undeclared (The College Survival Edition)

This is a re-post from a couple years ago; for all y'all who are headed off to college in the next few weeks--or maybe just reminiscing about the good ol days--some thoughts on moderation and living life 'undeclared.'I started teaching dance when I was 16; I was a student minister/camp counselor 10+ years ago; I have a brother-in-law and sister-in-law who were 6 and 8 when I started dating their big brother–they are now 18 and 20(!).  Every August, Facebook reminds me that many of these “kid … [Read more...]


5 years ago, my friends Mark and Kara said their vows on a beautiful beach in Mexico, at sunset.  And I got to witness it. On that same trip—stop me if you’ve heard it—I jumped off of a burning boat, 6 months pregnant, and made a swim for it in the ocean. (If you haven’t heard it—post for another day.) Luckily, my peril at sea was not a cosmic sign re: my friends’ impending nuptials. Far from perilous, their 5 years of marriage has been blissfully filled with love and laughter. (In fact, they mig … [Read more...]