The Terrible Justice of Children

My children play war. A day doesn’t seem to pass without swords and guns, knight costumes and military hats. The sound of explosives exploding booms in some pretend space in our house. Legos line up for battle in forts defended by miniature men with blaster rays and lightsabers. “No, you’re Hitler,” my ten-year-old instructs theContinue reading “The Terrible Justice of Children”

Judgment in the Wake of the Election

I was so ready to write a scalding assessment of the church after election night, about how Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, was told by God to “Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks theContinue reading “Judgment in the Wake of the Election”

Why do we need spiritual leaders?

In a team building exercise at work today, we were given fifteen people and a life raft that only holds nine. The Titanic is sinking, basically, so who gets in and who stays behind? My team kept Obama but dumped Jay-Z, we kept the carpenter but dumped the line cook at Denny’s, we kept theContinue reading “Why do we need spiritual leaders?”

I Don’t Read Postcards from Hell

I got a soul that I won’t sell,  And I don’t read postcards from hell.  – The Wood Brothers It’s been about a year and a half since I wrote this post, “Crazy Jesus Parables and Dead Pigs.” In hindsight, it’s a rather cryptic post. I don’t give any context to why driving out demonsContinue reading “I Don’t Read Postcards from Hell”

Advent Day 16: From Above and Below

One night this summer while Brandon and I were at the beach with his side of the family, we sneaked out the patio doors of our bedroom and sat in the tall wooden beach chairs to watch the ocean and the sky as yet another meteor shower began.  The ocean pushed rhythmically against the shoreline,Continue reading “Advent Day 16: From Above and Below”

Advent Day Nine: Divorce Her Quietly

“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace,Continue reading “Advent Day Nine: Divorce Her Quietly”

Most Memorable Moment: Ten Years Later

Last night, we went to Bull and Bones Brewhaus and Grill in Blackburg, Virginia (look at that nice alliteration… it’s even a poetic location) for karaoke and drinks.  Brandon asked me what moment is most memorable for me from the last ten years together, not counting our wedding day and the births of our children,Continue reading “Most Memorable Moment: Ten Years Later”

Just Call Me Sarah "All Heart" Wells

Oh no. That’s what I thought to myself as the clock ticked closer to the cut-off point of a clip from Jerry Maguire, this morning’s edition of the At The Movies series at our church, seconds closer to when I had set the video up to automatically shut off, right before Cuba Gooding, Jr. announces,Continue reading “Just Call Me Sarah "All Heart" Wells”

Corrective Lenses and Parenting

I have been cranky all night and the peanut butter and banana plus chocolate dessert is not helping. It is a shame, too, because it’s just about as perfect of a night as there could be in mid-June. It is still light at 8:30 and the neighborhood is milking every last second of daylight. TheContinue reading “Corrective Lenses and Parenting”

What Chamomile and Honey Can’t Do

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 withContinue reading “What Chamomile and Honey Can’t Do”