This one’s for the grocery store lady

There I was, standing in line at the deli, waiting to order a sub after church. My sons and I were having an intense theological conversation : “No, you may not have a motorcycle.” “But, I will be 18 soon.” The woman in front of us turned and said “Your mom is right. You don’t…

Be careful what you justify

My husband lit his front yard on fire. Twice. I drove a school bus into a hospital overhang. My sons both did backflips from a thirty foot high branch into water. By the no trespassing sign. Whether it’s fear, boredom, or peer pressure, us good people who call ourselves Christians will do all sorts of…

What washes up: False Narratives

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4:39 Part of what stinks so much about personal storms is that a lot of your junk gets kicked up and thrown in your face. The sin, the habits that…

Hokey Pokey

When I was in junior high, my mom thought it best to put me in roller skates and push me out into the middle of a rink. I was shy. An introvert. And, I needed to be coaxed out of my shell. What better way to do that than to throw a party and have…

Cow Babies and Dog Armies

Hey! Know what a cow does when she’s in labor? Nope? Me neither.   So imagine my surprise when my friend said: “Look at her udders. And listen to her baying. And watch out. Because she will charge your car if she’s scared of coyotes.” My friend is part of a farming family of ten. Her…

The Weak and the Least

Gideon would lead the Israelites into military victory. He would become a commanding leader who had guts enough to tear down pagan altars and incur the wrath of enemies. But, he just didn’t know it yet. When we first meet Gideon, there has been a multi-layered starvation in Israel. First, the Midianites kept destroying their…

It never really makes it better…

And I was too busy to prepare myself for the tidal wave of emotional pain that would wash over me. It was just a college campus tour or two. But, when I saw my sons walk onto campus, towards the next chapter in their lives, it was like two seeds being blown away from me, slipping…

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…

Help for Spiritual Weenies

Have a difficult time being strong and courageous? This might help even the most dedicated spiritual weenies!