love letters from fall

I have a collection of prose / poetry that I call "Love Letters to Somebody" (to help explain the post's title today). These are a couple of pieces inspired by our recent, magnificent change of seasons. The pictures for the first two poems aren't the trees of inspiration, but just imagine the brightest yellow tree … Continue reading love letters from fall

a beautiful thing happened

imagine from iStockphotos; RyanJLane

It was one of those mornings when I was thinking about my own “whys” of why I go to church. Besides the obvious that my husband is the pastor and I feel duty-bound to show up at least at some point in the morning, what draws me to a church community? We all have different … Continue reading a beautiful thing happened

using our voices

I don’t know about you, but this has felt like a rough week. Honestly, the last two years have been disheartening (to put it mildly) and soul-crushing (if my feelings speak for themselves), in a way I wouldn’t have guessed political situations could make me feel. There is so much hate, distrust, and lying in … Continue reading using our voices

“Credulous” is worth the read

Andrea Lingle – mother, writer, lay theologian – has written the book I hoped to write. (Also that I still hope to write). It is a memoir of faith, filled  with personal stories as well as her own theological ponderings that meander through quantum physics as easily as they do the Bible. She believes in … Continue reading “Credulous” is worth the read

From Genocide to Generosity

Sometimes books about issues halfway around the world have a remarkable ability to speak to us just how we need to hear it. From Genocide to Generosity is a well-written, moving book about the reconciliation efforts happening in post-genocide Rwanda. Author John Steward (who holds a PhD in soil science, of all things) goes on a … Continue reading From Genocide to Generosity

Enneagram, Election-Style

I listened to a great podcast about the Enneagram recently (it's 2 hours long, but if you're driving from Chicago to Indy, it really helps the time pass!). Click here: Liturgist Podcast Then I chatted with my ever-insightful mother about the Enneagram and the presidential candidates, and was inspired to write a post about what Enneagram … Continue reading Enneagram, Election-Style

Jihad of Jesus book review

  Dave Andrews’ The Jihad of Jesus hooks the reader with a seeming paradox, as he suggests you cannot have neither Jesus without jihad, or jihad without Jesus. If you are open enough to not write him off immediately, you can quickly discover that after Andrews finishes walking us through a very sobering journey of … Continue reading Jihad of Jesus book review

12-25-15, Gethsemani

There are no words... I just turned around, and there it was. Hullo, moon.  ***** Now for the things that strain towards words... 12-25-15 ~ Merry Christmas Today is a good day for hiking. But a year and half ago I hiked this same trail and fled down this hill in tears and terror when the … Continue reading 12-25-15, Gethsemani

Curious about Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Me too.

What follows is a blog post / book review I've written for Speakeasy, a cool book review group that I recently joined. I've been curious about Dietrich Bonhoeffer for a long time so I jumped at the chance to review a biography about him, called Strange Glory, by Charles Marsh. It was a great read! If … Continue reading Curious about Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Me too.