The Old Testament of the Bible is hard. If you’ve taken any modern science classes, married for love instead of property, or heard about Jesus’s call to love your enemy, you probably struggle a little bit with the God of the Old Testament. The God of the Old Testament seems finicky, impatient, and intolerant. The … More How to Read the Old Testament without Wanting to Throw Something, or Drink, or Give Up Your Religion
Today begins the first of a series of advent posts that consider the coming of Emmanuel, God with us, and what that means to those of us who came over 2,000 years after the Son of God was born in Bethlehem. In one of my favorite Hollywood prayers, Ricky Bobby begins his family meal, “Dear … More Advent Day 1: God With Us
We spent the evening with friends of ours discussing the aches and opportunities of the church we’re attending, and while our kids ran around their living room and up the stairs, and I scratched the ears of one of their pups, I said the thing I keep saying about this church community: I laugh every … More Held
If you’ve been alive for at least 18 years, it’s likely that you’ve heard once or twice or more the Good News of the Gospel about Jesus, Son of God, come to take away your sins. You’ve probably heard or been led through or been offered the sinner’s prayer to ask Jesus into your heart so … More Advent Day 17: Sharing the ‘Good News’
Lately I’ve taken to listening to the audio Bible on YouVersion’s Bible app in the mornings as I exercise or as I’m getting ready for work. I have been out of spiritual practice, so since I’m exercising regularly, I figure coupling my physical exercise with some kind of spiritual exercise is a wise move. I’m … More Crazy Jesus Parables and Dead Pigs
It’s one of those writing nights where I spend about a minute or two typing out clever sentences and then hold down the backspace bar until the page is white again. It’s also the night of a thousand saves as I open and close new and old drafts of poems and essays. And the night … More The Elliptical and Tonight’s Work of Writing
Like most nights when my husband is working, a good hour needs to be dedicated to demolition clean-up after the kids go to bed. Between whatever the dog destroyed during the day (diapers, stuffed animals, Legos, etc.), the food left over on the table, chairs, countertop, and walls, toys that migrated all on their own … More Getting My Martha On
I’m pretty sure I’ve had a cold/sinus infection since December 1. It has backed off a little here and there as some kind of bacterial mercy move, but for the last two weeks (or something like that), it’s been no nonsense, in your face (and nose, and eyes, and ears, and chest), Die Hard with … More What Chamomile and Honey Can’t Do
Drink “Later, knowing that all was now completed,and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled,Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’” – John 19:28 The fount of living waterbellows drought. I wantto lift a ladle, cold and pure, so you could be relieved. But I’m deceived with ease. My cup is sour, dilutethe wine from dirty cisterns. … More Last Words Series – Part Five, "Drink"
Fear I taste the juice of forbidden fruit dripping from Adam’s mouth. And in my hand, the dagger that killed Cain’s brother. My arms are sore from building Babel. Abraham’s fear rolls in my gut. I cling to Sodom as it burns, connive for the birthright at Isaac’s bedside, stand by as my sons slaughter … More Last Words Series, Part Four – "Fear"