Week 1, Day 2: Homecoming

Many thanks to our guest author today. Jane Fugate is a dedicated social worker and addiction counselor. She is a published author, a popular speaker and presenter, and she helped develop the television program "The Family Works." She began her career serving in the Red Cross Special Services during the Vietnam War. Natives of Kentucky (!!) Jane and her husband, Bob, are active members of Foothills Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Phoenix, AZ.What are you Waiting For?They say … [Read more...]

How God Gets Stuff Done

Other people have said it--have been saying all week--but it bears repeating: God does not 'intend' rape. Ever. Are we really having this conversation, America?Abortion is bad, m'k? We are all in agreement on this, whatever you may think of those who advocate for choice. I have another post with my thoughts on life , if you want to go there. But for now, let's reflect on the appalling truth that a man like Richard Mourdock (did you know who he was before yesterday? me neither) can use the … [Read more...]

The Great American Road Trip

What is it that keeps us moving? What are we looking for?I've wondered about this all my life.  When we've got literally everything we could ever want or need at our fingertips, why do so many of us keep wandering the varied landscape, as if it can tell us some deep and abiding truth of the soul?Maybe because it can...I don't know if i could tell you what that truth is, but i glimpse it every time i travel. Maybe it's because our friends and family (as Harper calls them, "our peoples") … [Read more...]

A Perfect Day

Following a pretty rotten day, the universe will sometimes throw you a nearly perfect one. Or maybe it's just that, for me, two consecutive rotten days are unacceptable. In any case, yesterday= pretty dang crummy. Today, however, rolled something like this:Day started, per usual, with a small girl crawling into bed with me and firmly wedging herself in my back to snooze for a few more minutes. Then it was up and around for breakfast with the fam at our favorite pancake place.  Unseasonably c … [Read more...]

A Moving Picture

My 3-year-old has a new catch phrase response for when you ask her a question and she doesn't know the answer. Or at least, doesn't have the words handy. She says, "I don't know. I haven't seen the movie yet."Now, somewhere in her quickly-developing brain, there is a very literal connection in there, something that has to do with an actual movie. Not that she's seen many movies--she does well to sit through a 20-minute cartoon--but she thinks there is a movie that goes with everything. Every … [Read more...]

The Mercy Instinct

As a pastor, I see it time and time and time again: a person has been deeply wounded by a loved-one. They struggle to process the world through this new lens of heartbreak. It doesn't matter if it is a sibling, a spouse, a friend, or a parent/child relationship --we are hurt most profoundly by those we love. It is, in fact, the cost of loving, and perhaps the most painful cost of being a person.What I notice, time (and time) again, is the impulse of grace that comes into most relationships at … [Read more...]

Good Stuff

How do we develop a taste for good things? Is it an acquired taste, cultivated by careful nurture? Or are some of us just born with a hunger for life that drives us through every transition, challenge and heartache with the promise of good news on the other side?I ask my 3-year-old, "What are your favorite things?" I see wheels turning, and finally she says, "I don't know." (Translation:"I do know, but I don't quite have the words in my 3-year-old sense of self...") So I start ins … [Read more...]

Day 2; Burgers, Burritos and Beginnings

Ok, so we start. Read back a day if you want to know why i'm recounting the best meals i ever ate. Basically, I figure that reflecting on the divine dining experience will keep me from eating crap like, you know, cheeseburgers.So why am i starting my 'best meals ever' series with a cheeseburger? Stay with me.I have been a Route 66 nerd for however long...a long time. When i graduated from seminary my sweet (then new-ish) husband bought me a road trip guide and an old set of maps … [Read more...]

Why “Stay-Home-Dad” and “Mr Mom” are Not the Same Thing

Well. If I thought that telling people I was a minister could elicit a "does-not-compute" expression, imagine the gazes that accompany the latest addendum to the conversation:"...and what does your husband do?""well, he recently quit his job to stay home with the kids."buzzing, clicking, whirring noises. Still processing the chick-preacher component..."Oh, that's wonderful!"And you know, most people really, truly mean it. Once they get over the initial shock, that is. Most p … [Read more...]


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