Potato Salad, Payday and the Kingdom of Heaven

Oh, behold the church potluck dinner. You think it’s a gathering of people bringing food. To share. To do that churchy word “fellowship”. Let’s get real. Bubbling up underneath the surface is a pile of people sizing each other up based on their potato salad. You know I’m right. There is nothing more horrendous than…

Evangelism for Introverts: Isaiah 55 and Walmart

Isaiah 55 has been somewhat of a war cry for me this year. I love when the deep mystery of faith reveals itself in practical ways–when I see played out in vivid reality that His ways are higher than mine.  Usually I’m not so much of a girl person. Or a crowd person. But, this…

The real fast which cleanses

People pay good money for therapists to help weed out the junk in their lives. That’s great. Or, you can simply raise a teenager. You will spend less time and money to discover your spiritual, physical, and emotional limitations. In the last few days I’ve asked one son to quit coloring on the dog with…

Four easy steps to open heart surgery

  I’m often tempted to immediately dismiss any person who proclaims that Christianity is easy. That taking up your cross and following Jesus is a simple feat. There are books and podcasts and flyers stuck on windshields that mislead people into thinking that an all transforming relationship with God can be done in three easy steps….

The “S” word

I turn into a self-righteous hypocrite when I study the Old Testament. Don’t these people get it? God is holy! They go for a while in their obedience, and then they get soft in their wealth and military victories and start coloring outside the lines of God’s commands. Morons! Oh wait. I have idols in…