8 Principles​ Of How Not To Be A Jaded Former Fundamentalist/Evangelical

Getting Out Of A Jaded Rut Over the years of my own journey out of the Fundamentalist and Evangelical, and ultimately the Protestant traditions, I have struggled to not become jaded. Or said more accurately I have struggled to not remain jaded. I for sure have been jaded and still…

Grief

One tear in the dropping rain One voice in a sea of pain Could the maker of the stars                Hear the sound of my breaking heart             TENTH AVENUE NORTH HOLD MY HEART She woke up puffy-eyed. Putting a hand to her face, she tentatively touched…

The Theology of Convenience (Part 2)

One of the most uncomfortable conversations of my life took place in a dentist’s chair. (Yes, yes, I know…) My dentist was a woman in her early 30s. I was already be-bibbed, X-rayed, and reclined to a nauseating angle when she suddenly shooed all the assistants and hygienists out and…

Numb

We are starting a new series for Saturday morning, a devotional series that we hope eventually to develop into a book. “We” are my three adult children and I–Natasha, Mari, and Julia, and me, Joanne. Please let us know how this series strikes you, as we very much want it…

Love in the Hard Times: That Which Gives Pleasure

Hello, friends! It has been a while (over two months, in fact) since I’ve shared a blog, and, trust me, that hasn’t been for lack of trying. I have spent the last two months daily trying to figure out what the heck to share with you all. I felt a…

Triumphal Entry

Have you ever come into the middle of a conversation, and it sounds really interesting, and you try to get what everyone is talking about, from the context? I mean, first you are quiet and you just nod your head, “mmhhm, mmhhm,” and you hope no one has noticed you…

We Are All Immigrants

The book of Deuteronomy has often been characterized as Moses’ Farewell Speech. The people of Israel have been delivered from their slavery in Egypt and have wandered in the wilderness for a generation. They are now poised to enter Canaan, the land that God promised to their ancestor Abraham so…

Wearing a Mask as an Act of Love

I hate wearing masks. I really do. I wear glasses so, I have to continually pinch the bridge of my nose to keep my exhalation from fogging up my glasses, but I’ve been wearing a mask anytime I’ve been in a public space since February 22nd, without fail. I’ve slept…

Leaving the Ninety-nine

“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”Hosea 6:6 Jesus quotes this verse twice in the Gospel of Matthew. He brings it out first when criticized for eating with “tax collectors and sinners,” and again when criticized for his disciples eating raw grain…

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