Dec 4, 2013

Leave No Trace: The Joy of Giving Secret Gifts

Jack comes to me as I stir oatmeal on the stove. He tap dances in place, excitement oozing from him. “Do you think Jason knows it was from me?” he asks of the note he secretly slipped into Jason’s backpack at co-op yesterday. I tell him I don’t know. “I...Read more +
Nov 27, 2013

On Loss: Thanksgiving Without a Loved One

I leaned against the doorframe and surveyed the dim kitchen. Spotless countertops. Pans tucked into cupboards. Unused wooden spoons, spatulas and ladles poised in the pitcher by the stove. A stack of stained potholders and oven mitts sat untouched in the drawer. Pizza boxes and paper plates were heaped in...Read more +
Nov 24, 2013

Are you a Leader or Manager in Parenting?

Adriel Booker says, "I don’t want to be a manager of my kids. My goal is not to see them fit into a box, check things off a list, learn this, do that, accomplish that, behave like this...A manager requires people to serve the vision (the structure, process, organization, business,...
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Nov 21, 2013

Becoming a Slave to the Master at Home, at Work, and in the Community

“Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, …” This is how the Apostle Paul introduces himself at the beginning of his letter to the Romans. What a strange metaphor. We know there are people in slavery today but our modern democratic societies don’t have institutionalized slavery. This ancient concept is foreign...Read more +
Nov 20, 2013

On Loss: The Hard Work of Your Last Harvest

My father-in-law was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, a few weeks before the first tulips popped their glossy mouths open, toward the spring sky. Our daughters were six and three at the time, and they immediately asked us if “Bop”—as they called him—was going to die. The prognosis wasn’t good,...Read more +
Dec 25, 2013

The Joyful Work of Remembering God's Gift

It’s December 25, 2009. My son is just over a month old in his blue booties, the ones I bought this summer in Italy when I went to Lake Como for a writer’s conference. And I feel like Hannah. Aiden is my miracle child, the one we’ve been praying for...Read more +
Nov 24, 2013

Why Do Kids From Good Families Walk Away From the Faith?

What causes Christian teens from good churches and good families to leave the faith as an adult? This question plagues parents, teachers, pastors, and youth workers. And I'll be honest - I don't know what the answer is. It's tragic and sad - and it makes me wonder why it...
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Nov 13, 2013

No Pasa Nada: The Call to Slow Down

Sevillians aren’t quite so concerned with punctuality as Americans. They have a phrase— no pasa nada —which literally means, “nothing happens.” It’s similar to the American phrase, “no big deal.” Late for a meeting? No pasa nada . Need to skip class today to take care of a personal issue?...Read more +
Nov 10, 2013

Medusa Has a Headache

The rest of the day unfolds more or less along these lines, with me feeling sorry for myself because I’m exhausted and disorganized and I have a cold and a pile of dishes and a pile of laundry and a pile of work that I never manage to finish. Life...
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Nov 7, 2013

A Long Love

In what feels now like another lifetime, I was a minister. I’m not a minister anymore but I am called upon from time to time to resurrect that role and speak the words appropriate to such moments as birth, death, marriage, and the occasional homecoming game. My summer’s end occurred...Read more +