Guest Post: Rev. Brandon Gilvin I have a love-hate relationship with journalism that covers religion.  On the one hand, I love a good feature story about a monastery in the middle of rural America, or a story about religious traditions working together in innovative ways, or an insightful profile about someone who has examined her own faith enough to speak about it without resorting to platitudes.  But then, there are the stories that just make me cringe. Tonight, when I… Read more

Guest Post: Keli Douglass I met Grace shortly after my husband and I moved to Seattle.  Our son was an infant, and I was a newly minted “stay at home mom.”  It was lonely.  Achingly lonely.  Having spent all my life with countless family members just a short drive away, I was lost.  There were a lot of tears.  Grace was new to town as well.  Her husband and my husband had been friends for years and worked for the… Read more

A sad truth for today: I have maybe the best, most timely and important post of my blogging tenure… and I can’t publish it. It’s not my story to tell. It’s a word from a good friend of mine, a (well-decorated) military chaplain recently returned from a deployment in the Middle East. I asked this friend today to share some perspective on the POTUS Tweet (never a legit, checks and balances legislation, but always a damn middle school moment in… Read more

This morning, the internet was imploding with reactions to Trump’s address to the annual Boy Scout Jamboree. Horrified but not at all surprised, I mined my connections for folks who are active with the BSA–whether as former scouts, parents or leaders. I figured they could respond far better than I. Clearly, folks have much to say about this, because I got 3 great contributions. I thought about running them as 3 separate posts over the next few days. You know,… Read more

Some folks seem to be operating under the delusion that Obamacare is some kind of welfare program. Free healthcare for everyone! In fact, I think the president might be one of those people. Or rather, he thinks that you can buy healthcare for $12 a year when you’re young, and then get something EVEN CHEAPER, basically free, when you’re old. Or, who knows… Maybe he thinks healthcare is a thing that only poor people need, because rich people know how… Read more

Once upon a time, the Lord spoke to Noah and told him to go build a giant boat in the northern territory of Kentucky. No, that’s not right… Once upon a time, some super Christians, who were super in with God, decided that to honor Jesus, they would re-create a giant boat from a story that occurred thousands of years BEFORE Jesus was born. It would be a replica of biblical proportions. They would use the exact dimensions detailed in Genesis, construct an… Read more

I was tragically late to the Potter party. 20 years ago (!) when the first book came out, I was a college sophomore with a few other things on my mind than the newest thing in YA fiction. My brother was the target demographic age (12) and told me (many times) that I HAD to read this book! I picked it up a few times and read a chapter here and there. But I was distracted. I didn’t really get… Read more

Every day, our lawmakers choose to protect the rights of violent men like the Alexandria shooter. Read more

If you are a parent, then you know the mixed blessing of summer. On the one hand: more time with your kids; a slower, more unscheduled pace; ice cream, pool time, and lots of trips to the library. What’s not to love? Well: mosquitos, humidity and bad t.v., for starters. Not to mention–what the heck are you supposed to do with these kids every day? While also getting work done? Between camp days, VBS days, and vacation time, it doesn’t… Read more

In case you’re not familiar with the Kansas political scene–first of all, lucky you. And can I come to your house and stay there awhile? More to the point, I can sum it up for you real quick-like: it’s a disastrous experiment in Tea Party economics, and a testament to the power of big money (namely, the Koch brothers) to manipulate the democratic process. Our Governor, Sam Brownback, is in their pocket, and everyone knows it. He won his re-election… Read more

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