Hey lady, call the Fire Department to extinguish the fire in your bones

Yesterday's announcement from the nice people at Zondervan that they were going to suspend publication of the TNIV provoked intense reaction from its readers across the theological spectrum. One of the most virulent I read came from an egalitarian Christian woman who felt as though the decision diminished her ministry and was an attempt to muzzle her identity.Whoa.In the interest of fair disclosure, I must tell you I've never been a fan of the version. When it released, I was working at the … [Read more...]

Life’s tapas

We're going out for tapas tonight with our son and his fiance to celebrate their engagement, which became official earlier this week. (We're so happy for them!) Ordering rounds of "small plates" of sun-soaked Mediterranean flavors is a fun way to eat a meal, and a perfect recipe for community.I have a lot of small plates in my life right now: family, two part-time jobs, the opportunity to edit a book-length manuscript, and lots of opportunities to serve. Some of them don't even feel much like … [Read more...]

Late summer reading list

Recently, I've had an opportunity to read a handful of interesting non-fiction books. The first, Keri Wyatt Kent's Listen: Finding God in the Story of Your Life, was a wonderful treat to myself. The next three were review copies offered to bloggers by publishers. The books have taken me from contemplative life to life between the sheets, from a theological throwdown to a challenge to rise above the rabble of pop culture.Read on to find out which one of these books I didn't like one bit.Listen: … [Read more...]

Suffer the little ones…

During our search for a church some time ago, we landed for a season at a small congregation that had been a part of the community for about 20 years. The people seemed friendly enough, the corporate worship was solid. We appreciated the family feel of the place, and hoped we might have found a good fit.My first clue that something was terribly wrong was when I volunteered to help in the nursery. I was a newcomer to the church, so no one knew me beyond those little generic lobby conversations … [Read more...]

Heading home via Deuteronomy 8

Imagine being a thirty-something who'd spent your entire life living a nomadic existence in the desert. You'd played on the hard-baked sand as a child. You'd nursed your babies in a tent pitched next to a lone barren tree. The repetition of a lifetime manna-diet mirrored the bleached, unchanging environment in which you'd laughed, loved, lived.And worshipped: your Sabbath rest the only punctuation in an unchanging march of days through an unchanging terrain toward...Maybe you'd forgotten … [Read more...]

God’s recycling program

"I'm sorry, but there's no room for you in the program here," my advisor looked up from a stack of papers centered on the desk in front of her. "If you're convinced you want to pursue this teaching certification, there are other colleges you might consider if you're willing to transfer out of state." I bit the inside of my cheek, willing myself not to burst into tears. This deadbolted door was not not the way things were supposed to happen. The deaf … [Read more...]

Up North Tour Guide?

When we first moved to Wisconsin in 1995, we had no idea how deep the pull of "up north" had on the psyche of the entire state. People didn't have to say the name of a place. They'd just get a misty look in their eyes and say things like "We're going up north this weekend" or "I'm heading up north to hunt as soon as I'm off of work Friday." Only happy things apparently seem to everyone who headed "up north". It had the aura of a giant clubhouse where only those who'd been grandfathered in by … [Read more...]