April 15, 2011

A toy catalogue for Easter, Target? Seriously?   I realize that Easter has gone just as mainstream as Christmas. That’s fine.  Christians can’t mark a day as special and then say that nobody else is allowed to be special that day.  Life is short.  Celebrate whenever possible! Make special days meaningful, even if your interpretation differs from the traditional meaning.  But a home/table/child that looks like the Easter Bunny threw up in here? No thanks. [i’m looking at you pottery… Read more

February 19, 2011

No, I haven’t resorted to praying to my coffee. Though, as anyone with young children can affirm, it is tempting. I once read a little blurb in a magazine about the powerful properties of coffee. As the “lifeblood” dripped into the pot, the author said, she didn’t just start to feel better about the morning. She felt better about herself, the world, and life in general.* I mean, right? For those of us who drink coffee, isn’t that pretty much the size… Read more

February 18, 2011

…not only was I deeply offended by the presumption that i must not be a real pastor, or a real Christian–i traced the beginning of this uncomfortable scene back to some parenting advice she gave me, based upon a ministry whose foundations i find utterly backward. If i keep taking my kids there, I will forever be wondering…did she learn this in med school? Or from her morning drive radio program? Read more

February 18, 2011

Yikes. I have not blogged in so long that i had forgotten my password. Slacker? yes. Mom of toddler and newborn much? yes. Well, newborn’s not a newborn anymore. Technically, TECHNICALLY, he should be sleeping through the night now (insert riotous laughter from all of mom-dom here…) and my life should be back to “normal.” Trouble is, there’s a new standard of normal in my life now, and i have a feeling that will continue to evolve over the next… Read more

July 29, 2010

I’ve lived in Phoenix for 4 years now, so I should know better…but I still see “August” on the calendar and start thinking fall. I start thinking new backpacks and good t.v. and new clothes and cooler weather. All those things we associate with fall, even if fall is still a long way off.  In the valley, fall (such as it is) is even farther off than it might be in other parts of the world. What you’d think I would have… Read more

July 23, 2010

Much as I miss bourbon, espresso, and my skinny jeans (which i am hanging onto with great faith!), I am not complaining. I’m grateful for every moment of this. I’m just pointing out that, in creating new life, there is not much seperation between the body and spirit. Read more

May 4, 2010

I have seen something else under the sun:        The race is not to the swift        or the battle to the strong,        nor does food come to the wise        or wealth to the brilliant        or favor to the learned;        but time and chance happen to them all. –Ecc.9:11 Call me crazy… but, I am going to Europe this summer. Why’s that crazy? you ask… Wait for it. When I go on this trip, I will… Read more

April 16, 2010

For how many of us do questions of who we are and what we do have ultimately the same answer? How many of us get to be who we are in the daily-ness of that which we do for a living?  To put it another way…for how many of us is our vocation–our true calling–the same set of gifts for which we receive a paycheck? Some fields readily imply that one followed a calling and a set of gifts to find themselves there: doctors,… Read more

April 9, 2010

Did I forget to mention? He is risen! Like many pastors I know, the day after Easter is a very special day. While the week leading up to the holy day is a time for deep meditation, the day that follows is a time for deepest vegitation. This year I went above and beyond my usual post-holiday couch potato state, and went to another state entirely–Nevada. More specifically, Vegas. While there is a great deal to “Do” in Vegas (for… Read more

April 2, 2010

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again…what’s possibly “Good” about this dark day? in the Christian tradition, this is the day on which we mark Jesus’ suffering death. We explore stations of the cross, or hear reflections on his last words. Silence, darkness, acts of God that shake the ground beneath our feet… however we mark the day, it’s difficult to find a goodness in it. I suppose I could google “Good Friday” and discover what tradition led to… Read more

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