On Grilled Cheese and God

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“How do you like your grilled cheese? Crispy? Gooey?” It is culinarily pitiful that I had to ask my husband of fourteen years this question tonight. It’s literarily pitiful that the quoted question is now in a blog post. It’s just plain frightening that I make up words. Just work with me here, people. So you’re stuck on the why-were-we-having-fancy-grilled-cheese-for-supper part? It’s complicated. Don’t judge me. Well, you can if you need to. Tell me it’s not a beautiful … [Read more...]

College Tour Guides: A Brief Sociological Study

OK.  I only have an N of 5. But we just finished our 2nd round of college tours, this time in Philadelphia with friends.  Our crowd included my 2 girls, a rising junior and freshman, my friend Mona, and her 2 daughters, a rising sophomore and freshman who are also my girls’ oldest friends.  We visited University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore and Villanova. After visiting Northwestern and University of Chicago last trip sans friends—let me tell you it’s a lot more fun with … [Read more...]

Boys Work and Dead Chipmunks

I’m a hypocrite. As a Biblical feminist who writes, speaks and teaches about women’s equal call to follow Jesus and build the Kingdom of God, I must confess my practical theology breaks down in certain arenas. Like dead things. All my life I’ve had a pathological fear of dead things, probably stemming from my pathological fear of death developed while very young. Unfortunately for me, animals love to drown in our swimming pool.  Mice, birds, toads, and even a squirrel, have … [Read more...]

Bored and Summer Vacation’s Just Begun

“I’m bored,” said my 12 year old son. About 200 times. My kids have been out of school for 2 whole days, and ennui has already swept my family.  The last day of school came with a big hurrah—my oldest daughter hosted a pool party with 23 high school friends and then we celebrated my middle daughter’s 8th grade graduation. Then she and her father flew to DC for his board meetings and their tagged on father/daughter 14th birthday getaway, leaving me with 2 kids who aren’t … [Read more...]

What He Said (advice for new dads)

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Jeff was asked to send along some advice for our friend Peter, who is about to become a new dad.  His note was so great that I thought I should pass it along.  Whether you are a new dad, an old-pro dad, or somebody's favorite uncle, read and enjoy.  And have a great Father's Day! Dear Peter, Wow. Beth has given us a tall order.  Advice for a new dad.  My ADHD brain starts to fire on all cylinders.  After sifting through a bunch of practical stuff, I've got two slightly less practical … [Read more...]

A Time To Laugh: a Reflection on Christianity, Humor, and The Cosby Show

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I love The Cosby Show. Watching a familiar episode now is like eating comfort food on a cold, sad day. It never fails to bring a subtle nostalgic yearning for childhood and Thursday night ritual, comparing notes the next day at school. I smile at the phrases and words that reshaped the vocabulary of my generation—zerbert, obey-kabey, “push him out, shove him out, way out!” I also mourn the loss of innocence. At the risk of sounding like a prude, I wonder why things had to become shocking, … [Read more...]

Boys will be boys. What about mothers?

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Zach and Ezra ran in the house, panting, waving their water guns high in the air, and announcing triumphantly, "We got him! We got him!" When I could get them to calm down enough to tell me what they were talking about, they explained that they had taken their new guns to the end of our block to lie in wait for joggers.  After chasing and missing a few, they finally found one slow enough to soak with water.  Wasn't that just great, they wanted to know. It didn't seem so great to me, … [Read more...]

My Theology of Parenting or Why I Gave up Being God

BK (before kids) I met 2 women with vastly differing parenting styles, both of whom rooted their parenting in their beliefs about the nature of God and humankind—their theology. Donna emphasized God’s order and the sinfulness of humanity.  Therefore, providing babies with a structured environment including scheduled feeding, napping, and playing would corral their sinful natures.  The baby was not the center of the universe.  Instead the baby was a part (albeit an important part) of a … [Read more...]


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