February 14, 2020

Well I asked for it. I asked my Facebook on this Valentine’s Day morning for “the greatest love song of all time” and folks showed up for it. There’s something about a music convo that brings people out like nothing else. The responses I got were as varied as you might expect… which tells me, for one thing, there’s no accounting for taste. Some folks listed songs that are also on my all-time faves list, while others made me cringe… Read more

February 5, 2020

I didn’t watch the SOTU. I know I should watch to know what we’re resisting, but I don’t have the stomach for it. And I don’t need to hear the concentrated rhetoric to know the message that comes from this administration in daily, systemic ways– ways that affect the actual lives of real people, and destroy years of progress towards racial and gender equality. Did I get the gist? Is that what you heard last night? Which is to say,… Read more

February 2, 2020

Guest post: Rev. Laura Ann Phillips I love sports.  I’m not great at playing any of them, and honestly prefer an elliptical or a yoga mat– but I love sports. When I turned 30 I celebrated by sharing 30 blog posts of 30 things that had shaped my upbringing, influenced me, or that I was proud of, in 30 years. My first blog post was about… sports.  I went to my first baseball game when I was six-weeks old, so… Read more

February 1, 2020

We are so blessed. Or maybe I should say, we are so “blessed.” The problem with “blessed” [picture air quotes here] is that we so utterly misunderstand and misinterpret what that means. Here in the richest country in the world, we authors of the prosperity gospel have come to equate “blessing” with the physical and the material. God has blessed us with a really nice house/car/retirement fund… or else, with good health, and access to all of the amenities (gym,… Read more

January 18, 2020

It’s a rainy, gray Saturday morning, and I’m dropping my daughter off at the theater academy in a hip neighborhood. This is our new routine. Even the rain, which seems to have decided that January weekends are the cool place to be. When we moved here from Kansas City last year, this girl child decided she didn’t want to do ballet anymore. Which is FINE I’M TOTALLY FINE, even though she is built for it like I never was, she… Read more

December 20, 2019

It was not rare to have visitors in my office.  But it was extremely rare to have a visitor fly in through the door behind me, make a few loops around the ceiling, and peruse my selection of theology books before settling on the top shelf.  This flaming red cardinal lived in the bird sanctuary on the church grounds, right outside my office door. But who knows why he chose that particular morning to come on in and make himself… Read more

December 11, 2019

Maybe it’s the schedule full of festivities, the time spent with friends and family you don’t see that often, or the looming end of the calendar year. Maybe it’s just that everything is cold and dark outside so we spend more time sitting around and… thinking. But something about the season makes us look around and take stock. Make lists. Make priorities. Maybe even make a change. A friend asked me for advice the other day. He has an incredible… Read more

December 6, 2019

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,     that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze     and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies     and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,     you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.  Since ancient times no one has heard,     no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you,     who… Read more

November 27, 2019

We used to spend Thanksgivings on the farm. The idyllic, iconic American experience. Mamaw would meet us at the door with hugs and, laughing, draw us into the small-but-always-sparkling clean house. She spent days shopping and chopping, and woke before dawn to start the turkey. On the farm, ‘before dawn’ is not exactly a big deal. That’s every day real life. Still, those early sounds of her stirring before the sun were the signal that some epic food action was… Read more

November 26, 2019

I’ve had the privilege of knowing Shawn McGuffey since college– which means I’ve had the privilege of sharing the dance floor with him on a few occasions. And if you’ve ever seen him move you — you know you can’t keep him down. He has shared guest posts here a few times, and when he says “I wrote something, and I wondered if you might want to share it,” I say yes without even reading it first. Always happy to… Read more

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