Old Man, I Really, Really Am A Lot Like You

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Last week the Tonight Show was in reruns, and one of the shows they replayed featured Jimmy Fallon and Neil Young singing Young's "Old Man". I saw it the first time it aired, and have watched the clip below probably a couple of dozen times since then. Maybe the shows producers saw the bit as a way to showcase Fallon's eerie imitation of Young's windblown, aching tenor, but it was so much more than that, whether it was intended to be or not.Slate's Forest Wickman thought so, too. He noted, … [Read more...]

The Upside Of Nepotism?

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So much of my Christian journey has been marked by the way those in power have used their social privilege to either protect themselves or promote those in their families or their inner circles. I've written about nepotism in this space before. Others (click here and here) have raised lots of important questions about nepotism and related forms of cronyism in the church. These practices live directly at the intersection of a leaders' joy in seeing his or her children/pals following the Lord and t … [Read more...]

#1, #2, Me, You

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When my husband came to faith in Jesus, he got the idea that really good Christians didn't poop. Or pee.You have to know he was 18 at the time. He was a member in good standing of his high school's audio-visual team, student council and chess club. I say this to highlight the fact that he was (and is) a very bright guy. He attended a Unitarian church for a while during his childhood, but had no first-hand experience with evangelicals to that point in his life. In fact, no one ever shared … [Read more...]

Radio Silence, Breaking Bad, And The (Premature) Question Of ‘Where Next?’

Cold-war era space race mock-up at Kennedy Space Center.

After a couple of false starts thanks to early February blizzards, my husband and I finally got to use those frequent flyer tickets for a trip to Florida. We've had a couple of overnight trips in the last year, but haven't been away just to get away in a very long time. We've had lots of fun visiting with friends who live here or just so happened to be "in the neighborhood" while we were here. A definite highlight for me was a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. Who knew those Gemini and Apollo … [Read more...]

Who Are Our Esthers?

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Who doesn't love the story of Esther, the young Jewish girl who put her life on the line in order to save thousands of other Jewish lives? Who isn't inspired by people like Corrie ten Boom who used their positions of social privilege during World War II to act in the spirit of Esther to save the lives of Jewish people?Next Wednesday evening is Purim, the holiday celebrating God's deliverance of the Jewish people via the courage of one woman who used her voice and privilege on behalf of those … [Read more...]

When The Heart Waits: Chapter 3

Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote that "the ultimate thing" is whether you yourself are conscious of that most intimate relation to yourself as an individual. This "ultimate" recognition is a necessary part of growing up. – Sue Monk Kidd I've been blogging through Sue Monk Kidd's 1990 classic about midlife spiritual transformation, When The Heart Waits. Click here to read earlier posts in the series.Chapter 3 opens with a crash course in Carl Jung's developmental theories, as interpreted t … [Read more...]

Burying My Alleluia?

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At church the Sunday prior to Ash Wednesday, the Rector told us that this would be the last time we’d be saying the word “Alleluia” in any form as a congregation until Easter. He explained that this was another form of Lenten fasting. I did a little research, as this custom was unfamiliar to me. I learned many liturgical traditions “buried the alleluia” in some form during Lent.Jamie Martin-Currie offered a concise explanation of this practice: The omission of alleluia during Lent goes back … [Read more...]


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