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...]

Coming and Going

How confusing this must seem to small children, I was thinking the other day. To them, it must feel like we are just throwing all of our stuff in a truck, to be driven at some future time by SOMEONE, to SOMEWHERE; and then piling in the car and getting somewhere, eventually, and then maybe finding a place to live and unload our beds and our books and our stuffed dinosaurs when we get there.And then I thought...wait a sec. That is exactly what we're doing. And really, it doesn't seem so c … [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...]

The Miracle Purse

I've said it before, I will say it again: I love church ladies.When I was a kid, a church grandma named Mrs. Little used to sit on the left-hand side (the choir side) of the sanctuary, about 4 rows back. Every Sunday of the world she brought--I kid you not--a purse full of candy. Yes you heard that right. A Purse. Full. of Candy. Needless to say, she was popular amongst the young crowd. She would sit down and unzip that purse, and it was all Jesus 'let the children come to me' up in there. … [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...]

Most Smartest and Sacred: Are Atheists Really Smarter than Us?

According to 63 studies conducted over the last 80-some years, Atheists are OFFICIALLY smarter than people of faith. Officially. I read that this week.My first reaction was to take offense.  I mean... I'm a reasonably intelligent person. So are (most) Christians I know. So are the Jews, the Muslims, the Buddists... I mean, I've got no gripe with people who don't align themselves with a belief system, but seriously; how does faith (or lack thereof) speak to smarts?For my money, that just c … [Read more...]

The Conviction of Things Unseen: on Mystery Priests and Modern Miracles

The mystery priest came out of the closet. I mean...not that closet. But he came out of hiding, anyway. So, I stand corrected. I never thought we'd hear from him.Last week, a young woman in Missouri was hit head on by a drunk driver. Her vital signs were dropping quickly, and some of the rescue equipment was malfunctioning. In the midst of this grim scene, the girl asked the first-responders to pray with her. According to witnesses, a priest then appeared out of nowhere and anointed her with … [Read more...]

Happily Mostly After

Happily ever after is a lie.And no, I'm not having man problems. I don't hate my job. I'm not sick. I'm not in weather-related funk, and I'm not overly discouraged about the state of the economy. I've just got this on my mind... A photographer staged some life-sized vignettes of 'princesses' in their ever after.  These renderings show anything but a fairy tale ending. Belle--addicted to plastic surgery?; Cinderella--drinking away her disappointment.  There's more. Check it out.To some, th … [Read more...]


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