Liberals Love America Too

We rail against gun culture, the gross injustice of capitalism, and the disintegrating lines between church and state. Some may say, for these reasons and others, that we hate America. But I've got a secret for you: I'm going to whisper it so I don't have to turn in my lefty hippie commie card...Liberals are patriotic. For real though. In fact, most of us would argue that we hold the values above BECAUSE we love our country. We love equal opportunity, and government free from the tyranny … [Read more...]

Red Cup Blues: 7 (Real) Reasons to Step Away from the Starbucks

Lots of good things start with imaginary Christian persecution.For instance: My first viral blog post-- the one that made me think maybe this could be a thing and I should keep writing--was about the so-called "war on Christmas."ACPC (Affluent Christian Persecution Complex) has also resulted in a completely free marketing campaign for Starbucks! Christmas has sure come early for them this year. Because they chose to go with a minimalist holiday design this year, featuring a solid red cup … [Read more...]

Lost in the Crowd

It's been a big week in Kansas City. Following the Royals' World Series win, we pretty much shut down the city for a few days. Standing in a sea of half a million people (which later counts put closer to a million) with zero visibility, limited access to food and restroom facilities--all after waiting in hours of traffic just to get there --DOES NOT SOUND LIKE MY IDEA OF A FUN TIME. However, the people who did venture out for the victory parade were ecstatic. They said it was a memory their f … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for Dating…Without Using a Shotgun

It’s the oldest joke in our cultural lexicon: the father, casually cleaning his shotgun on the front porch as the daughter’s date comes to the door. Drop any variation of that scenario into a sit-com, meme or conversation, and you’ve got an instant LoL. A shared experience that some people will even say they’ve experienced firsthand, to some degree, whether as daughter, date or dad.You can say it’s harmless, JUST A JOKE. But given the power that guns wield, both symbolically and physically, i … [Read more...]

Ordinary Day

Nobody came into my place of work today and shot me.No enraged white man walked into my children's school and enacted a deranged video game fantasy on multiple young lives.My husband did not get killed in a random interstate drive-by.None of this seems like anything worth reporting. But honestly, I count it as a small miracle. Every day that we walk through the world unscathed by gun violence, it is a gift that I don't take lightly.  Dumb luck. And big news.What is NOT big … [Read more...]

It is Finished: The Life and Death of Kelly Gissendaner

It's done. Sort of. The story of a killer. It was one-part true crime, and one-part pure gospel. It was, at best, a true conversion story; and at worst, a glimpse of the dark side of our justice system.Kelly Gissendaner was sentenced in the murder of her husband. She persuaded her then-boyfriend to do the killing--but when all was said and done, the killer took a plea deal that afforded him life in prison, and landed her on death row. You tell me that is not truly effed up.In the 18 … [Read more...]

Get it Together, America–We’ve Got Company

Maybe this week in U.S. news is no more embarrassing than any other. But I tell you what, I am feeling especially appalled by our collective bad behavior. Maybe it’s because the behavior has been especially…well, appalling. Or maybe it’s because the POPE IS IN TOWN, and, I don’t know, it seems like we should clean up the place a little. Use a napkin, at the very least, and not put our *^@%#^ feet on the table.It’s hard to know where to begin, with such ignorant, arrogant and buffoonish ac … [Read more...]

Talking to Strangers: Scene in a Bar

I was drinking a beer. That was her first clue that I wasn’t a real Christian.When she asked me what I did and I mentioned that I was a pastor, I’m guessing that sealed the deal.So when she asked me to tell her about my church, I could have quoted our denomination’s identity statement, keeping it light and generic. Or I could have told her about youth group and women’s ministries and mission work in El Salvador. But I figured I was already batting zero—drinking a beer AND being a lady min … [Read more...]

Hope, Healing, and Multiple Drafts: A Conversation with Author Reba Riley

I recently posted a review of the new book “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome.” Since then, I’ve had the privilege of a conversation with author Reba Riley. Here’s some of our discussion about writing, family, and what’s next. It’s the abridged version so YOU’RE WELCOME, because we both really love to chat. If you don’t already have this book on your ‘to-read’ pile, get on it. This is the book your nightstand has been waiting for…E: This book has got to be resonating with so many people… I know … [Read more...]


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