Nice Enough

Nice Enough…I moved last month.  If you haven’t seen a blog post about the spiritual exercise of moving , or the theological value of letting some things go, blah blah blah, it’s because I’ve been too overwhelmed to write anything. Moving on… we love our new house, and its wilderness views.  (I’ll post pics soon).Bad news: the neighbors. To be fair, I’ve only met two of them. One was nice enough, but did not seem at all interested knowing the people next door to her. I went out of my way to s … [Read more...]

Going Anyway

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When Jeremy and i moved to arizona, we had 5 blissful weeks between the time we put ky in the rear view mirror, and my start date at foothills. We resisted all urges to come straight to phoenix, unpack, find jeremy a job, and be grown-ups. The movers took our stuff to storage (some of which we got back eventually... not recommending that moving company any time soon) and for 5 weeks we were on roam. "You're homeless!" my bff Bridget said. "We're free!" said i.We spent 3 days at a posh resort … [Read more...]

An Abundance of Sunshine

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My husband and i were visiting Phoenix for the first time. It was exactly 5 years ago this month, and i came to town to interview with the Foothills search committee. They flew him out too, which told me a couple of things about this church, where i am still blessed to serve. 1--they were pretty interested in calling me as their pastor, based on the phone interview. 2--they were ready to start making some concrete decisions and get moving toward their future. 3--they understood that my spouse pl … [Read more...]

Tomato, To-mah-to…

Well, about this time every year, i commence whining. About the miserable desert heat, about the astronomical utility bill, about the utter lack of lightning bugs to bring an element of joy to sweltering summer nights... and maybe, most of all, about the fruitless (ha ha) search for a good tomato in the desert.Growing up in Kentucky, i was spoiled. Every May-August or so, I could go to the farmer's market, i could count on gifts from friends' gardens, i could even find beautiful local tomatoes … [Read more...]

written in the sand

I'm still on grace today. When Jesus intervened and prevented the angry mob from stoning the adulterous mary m, something in the universe shifted. Fear and judgement no longer won by default. Another voice hung in the air that day. We don't know what it said, but we know it as a voice of mercy that meant to change us forever.What did Jesus write in the sand? As the temple officials accused him of not knowing the law, he knelt down and calmly traced some words in the earth.  They kept hammering … [Read more...]

Dis-what now?

Yikes. You know it's been too long since you've blogged when you can't remember your dadgum password. My profile does not remember me, either. The whole thing is moving slowly. For that matter, so am I.Discipline. What a gross word. Free association...go!  I'm betting the first words that come into your head are things like spanking, grounding, cleaning, dread, worry, fear, denial, deprivation. Punishment. Not fun, any of it. For the parent or the child, the kid or the grown-up.If you … [Read more...]

The Old, Old Story

Every Christian preacher in the world right now faces the same challenge; race, gender, denomination and geographical location make no distinction, nor do the "liberal, conservative, mainline-progressive, evangelical" labels that usually divide us so. No, the week before Christmas, all the world's preachers do the same dance with the Holy Bible and address the same question to whatever image of God they hold dear-- how am I going to tell this story again?People of faith struggle in every seas … [Read more...]

An Air-Conditioned Arctic

Oh, the beauty of this valley in December!  Cold nights (but not freezing!) chilly mornings, mild afternoons, 50's and 60's, sunny with a crayon blue sky.  Hard to convince yourself its Christmas time, but we'll live with it.Tourists love Arizona this time of year, and its the easiest time of year to tell the locals from the visitors.  The visitors are wearing shorts and t-shirts, often even flip flops that they dug out of storage just for their trip to the desert. Residents have also been digg … [Read more...]

Shopping for Good News

Not even Thanksgiving yet, and I’ve sworn off the Arrowhead area until 2010. Which is a bummer, considering that I live there. Don’t know how I’m going to navigate the season, but I will at all cost avoid the mall and immediate vicinity. Traffic is crazy, the stores all look like Rudolph threw up in there, and people are not real plesant when you get between them and the last snowman dish towels.   Other neighborhoods all over the country have the same over-abundance of shopping centers, malls … [Read more...]


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