The Gift Of A One-Track Mind

Every night before dinner, my husband and I stand in the doorway of our small kitchen, join hands and pray. We bless God for his provision, and we pray for each member of our family by name. Each day, there is something new for which to pray on their behalf. We can't help but pray, driven to the Father by his gift of love's dogged persistence.One of my favorite parables is the story of the persistent widow. I first shared my modern take on the story here, then reposted it here. On this … [Read more...]

Pilgrim’s Road Trip #13: Caleb & Joshua’s New Specs

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture, stopping at a few oases along the way, in order to contemplate our exile experience. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, click here. * * * * * * * I value the vocation of visual artists. Their essential work jars us to look at the familiar in fresh, sometimes-arresting ways … [Read more...]

Sanctuary Guided Silent Retreat Invite

A couple of weeks ago in this space, I mentioned plans were in the works for a guided silent retreat co-led by my longtime prayer partner and I in Rockford, IL on September 27-28. We've finalized the details, and the link below will pop open a .pdf of an informational flyer about the event. If you live in the area, we'd love to have you join us! >>Sanctuary retreat flyer<< … [Read more...]

The First Church Of The Good Ol’ Days

A few years ago, My husband and I visited a congregation we’d first attended nearly thirty years ago. We didn’t see many familiar faces – not that we would have recognized any of them. Thirty years is a long time, and people change. It is quite possible that a few of those folks from the days from when Flock Of Seagulls songs were in heavy rotation on the radio might have been sitting in the pew next to us during the visit. The majority of the people in attendance were middle-age or older.    … [Read more...]

Should The Church Be In The Marrying Business?

I really wish the Church would rethink her role in the marriage business in this country.(And yes, I chose the word "business" on purpose.)In light of the June 26 Supreme Court rulings about the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 in California, a few more voices joined the small choir of those who suggest that the civil/contractual nature of a marriage partnership is a different matter than that of a spiritual covenant made between two people in the context of their faith … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Snapshots: What Are YOU Reading?

I am a sucker for a free book. I'll admit it. If you click on the sidebar of this blog and look at my "categories" column, you'll see that I've got a long-standing habit of reviewing books in order to feed my free book habit.(You might be wondering if I've ever heard of a place called a library where I can get all the free books I want. Yes, I've heard of it, and the town in which I live has a really good one. I plan on stopping there today, in fact.)It occurred to me that it's been … [Read more...]

Just For Fun: What I’ve Learned From Watching ‘Chopped’

Lime mayonaise, pinto beans, tinned anchovies, oatmeal and one antique frozen chicken breast are the extent of the ingredients in my house. It's been an action-packed week. I haven't been to the grocery store in...um....Yeah. It's been a while.I could order a pizza, but the thought of spending $17 for a lukewarm pizza in a damp cardboard box didn't do a thing for me.I am a regular watcher of Chopped, the Food Network show where professional chefs are given baskets with some of the … [Read more...]


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