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...]

Good Judgement (not an oxymoron)

It's hard teaching a 2-year-old how to share. Can i get an amen? The mantra at our house lately has been, "don't take things away from baby brother...it makes him sad." MIGHT be starting to sink in a bit.The other day i was getting dressed for the day, and heard the unmistakable sound of a baby playing with a plastic bag. (Parents of the Year, people! Right here!)  I hurried toward the sound to intervene...and came into the room to find that the "big" kid (the 2-year-old) had already c … [Read more...]

The Gospel of Weaver’s

weavers

Hot dogs can preach. True story.There's a place on Main Street in London Kentucky—less than a block from First Christian Church—called Weaver’s Hot dogs. Lovingly referred to by locals as “Drew’s,” it started when the Weaver family bought the local pool hall in 1940 and started serving chili dogs… with chili made in the family home and carried to the place each morning. Over the years it evolved into a restaurant, the kind of place that has “regulars” and “a breakfast crowd”—meaning the retir … [Read more...]

The New 60 Seconds

road signs

The main characters (in a pretty rotten and forgettable movie) are having the classic "If the house was on fire and you had 60 seconds, what would you save?" conversation. The movie is so boring, i don't pay any attention to their responses. My mind is already wandering here: in my experience, when that question comes up in an icebreaker situation, there is one overwhelmingly unanimous answer: "Pictures!" people reply, without hesitation. It seems to me, though, that our ready-made answer no … [Read more...]

The New Time Out

peace-pole

“The Peace Pole Project is the official Project of The World Peace Prayer Society. It started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the languages of the world.”  http://www.peacepoles.com/Wh … [Read more...]

Gaga Gospel

I'm sitting in my office, doing the Holy Week Hustle--the painful and sacred dance that church leaders learn while simultaneously planning services for Good Friday and Easter. All the awkwardness of dancing at prom, with the joy of dancing at a wedding and the pain of the morning AFTER dancing at said wedding, realizing that you are far too old and out of shape to dance for hours in 3-inch-heels. It's that kind of dance.So, here i am, trying to get into a dark and twisty (thanks, Drs. Grey and … [Read more...]

Fixing Hair and Chasing Bears

For how many of us do questions of who we are and what we do have ultimately the same answer? How many of us get to be who we are in the daily-ness of that which we do for a living?  To put it another way...for how many of us is our vocation--our true calling--the same set of gifts for which we receive a paycheck?Some fields readily imply that one followed a calling and a set of gifts to find themselves there: doctors, nurses, mental healthcare providers; teachers, counselors, social workers; p … [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...]

Another Song About Grace

We love to sing the song. But do we get it? That grace could save "a wretch like me?" Truth is, most of the time, we really do not feel all that wretched. Let's face it, most days we feel pretty proud of ourselves. Because no matter what we have done, we can always say, "at least I'm not like..." followed by a host of sin and sinners that make our small offenses pale in comparison. It's a great song. Grace is amazing. But for most of us, it's an amazing song that we feel compelled to sing to … [Read more...]


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