$*^! Jesus Says: The Dumb Questions Edition

You have heard it said that there are 'no stupid questions, only stupid answers.' But Verily, I say unto you—there are plenty of stupid questions.And people in the Bible ask them alllll the time.In fact, the gospel writers use those dumb-question-having people in order to frame an important teaching or activity of Jesus. So in fact…perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to judge those who do the asking. It could be they are totally on-script: a staged interview to show who Jesus is. A plant in … [Read more...]

Rushing the Season

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...]

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…Just to be clear: my marriage is not perfect, nor do I pretend it is on Facebook; I don’t parade it through the sanctuary as the ‘life as it should be’ lesson, and I don’t claim the ability to fix people who are struggling. However: I’m a pastor, and I hear a lot abo … [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...]


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