Heading To College With A Bit Less Baggage

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As I shopped for school supplies for my soon-to-be sixth grade grandson at Target last week, I passed by a mom and her daughter doing what looked to be the "stocking the dorm room" shopping trip. The young woman was eagerly scanning the aisles for just the right towels. The mom was pushing the overflowing cart behind her, watching every move her daughter made as she readied for her big launch.There are lots of nostalgic articles and reflections at this time of year written by parents who are … [Read more...]

Pop Goes The Blessing Bubble

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I've known a small handful of people who've had lives remarkably free from trial, reversal or loss. One woman I used to know had her entire life mapped out using the blueprint of the American Dream, Conservative Christian Version, from a very young age. Her life has gone pretty much the way she'd planned it: marriage, two kids, a dog, lovely suburban home, stable career, a bit of travel, a cozy group of friends. It was pretty amazing to witness over the years. If your life unfolds precisely as … [Read more...]

Faith Unsettled

It was an honor to put my head together with two women with deep faith and a gift for insight (who each happen to have wonderful new books out this summer) for the following post. Jen Pollock Michel kicks things off here, and Marlena Graves wraps things up, and my words are in the middle. I'll clip a bit of Jen's words to launch you - click on the link for the full post on today's Her.meneutics blog. * * * * * * * Like a lot of writers, I read about the writing life. (A little bit of company … [Read more...]

Bridging The Divide

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I used to cringe at the word "ecumenical". It smacked of engineered truces and kumbayah emotions. It conjured images for me of 1960's World Council of Churches meetings and "So a priest and a rabbi walk into a bar" jokes - only the jokes never seemed to have a good punchline since everyone involved in ecumenical dialogue seemed to take themselves as seriously as a heart attack.I much preferred conversations about unity to ecumenism talk because it took me right to Jesus' final prayer for … [Read more...]

“Or It Could Go Like This…” – On Re-Leashing Imagination

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Maybe ten years ago, I participated in a small playwriting workshop led by a man who'd directed a number of Broadway plays in the 1960's and 1970's. (For the life of me, I can not remember his name at this moment.) Each workshop participant read the short scene he or she had brought to the class. I was feeling pretty great about the script I'd created, frankly.The workshop leader smiled and nodded appreciatively as I read. Obviously my positive feelings about my own work were being mirrored … [Read more...]

Can Christians “forgive themselves”?

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Last fall, just as I was putting my finishing touches on my book about regret, a friend sent me a link to this blog post. The author, Chad Bird, suggests that we are deluding ourselves when we talk about forgiving ourselves: "For a time I believed such advice.  No more.  I know now that to 'forgive yourself' is not only impossible; it is foolish, dangerous, and futile.  It is the vain attempt of a soul plagued by guilt to seek relief in the very last place he should be looking: in himself.  Tel … [Read more...]

Friday’s Miscellany

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Evidence of a series of storms, in the form of layered grit, can't quite mute the expression of gratitude on this license plate. If the plate was clean and shiny, it wouldn't preached the message it did to me this morning in the Kohl's parking lot.When things aren't all so shiny-lovely in my life - as now, when some of those I love most in all the world are struggling and suffering - fear, pain and anxiety form the bulk of my Holy Spirit-groaned prayers for them. Yet I am more likely to s … [Read more...]


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