Apr 13, 2014

A Week of Holy

On Sunday morning, we wave our palms and sing Hosanna in the Highest. And I am swept up in the raucous celebration—wondering if the stones are indeed crying out. Yet in the midst of this great joy there is a chilling stillness. Thus begins the journey to the cross. A...Read more +
Mar 31, 2014

Moving Beyond Mediocrity: Playing It Safe Will Never Change the World

The dust swirled in the hot humid air as I trudged home from school. I slipped the report card next to Mom’s purse, hoping she would just sign it and give it back with cool indifference. No such luck. In our home, earning a mediocre grade was a major event,...Read more +
Apr 4, 2014

Community Post: Not Okay with "Okay"

A few years ago a literary agent turned me down after he read my query letter and a couple chapters of my manuscript. After I received the rejection, I responded to his email with a question. “So is it the lack of platform,” I asked him, “or the quality of...
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Mar 12, 2014

Transitions: Looking Back and Leaning Forward in Retirement

For nearly 25 years, my life looked like this: raising three children, volunteering in church and community, editing school newsletters, teaching Bible studies, and hanging a whole lotta wallpaper (It was the 70s, remember wallpaper?). I think they called what I did then, ‘staying home’; all I know is that...Read more +
Mar 16, 2014

Visual and Creative Arts as Ministry: Ribbons 'n' Roses

The sun would just be coming through the early morning clouds as I drove through the quiet, on my way to the Flower Mart in downtown Los Angeles. It was part of the ritual, the dance, of doing this work that I loved. I only did it part time and...Read more +
Mar 6, 2014

Community Post: For the Mama of Many (Rethinking Play)

Jumping out of my lap after a round of loving, my son sped down the hall lightning fast. He didn't expect me to chase him. With the younger two, I've become that mommy. I'm good for the love and hugs—that's easy. What I don't want to do - is the...
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Mar 4, 2014

Community Post: As Long As We Can Laugh About It

There it was again. That playful smirk, the crooked grin, and that spirited look in those green eyes (the ones with unbelievably long lashes for a guy). “Everything is not funny, you know,” I said. Those six simple words, they sliced the air with a weighted dare—one to prove humor...
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Apr 10, 2014

Stewardship of Creation: An Interview with "Noah" Screenwriter, Ari Handel

The first thing you need to know about Ari Handel, co-writer of the new film adaptation of the Noah story, is that he holds a PhD in neurobiology from New York University. Handel and director/co-writer Darren Aronofsky had been suitemates as Harvard University undergrads and began collaborating on films after...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

Contemplating the Passion of Christ

Do you observe Good Friday? If you are part of a sacramental or liturgical Christian tradition, your church will probably have a service Friday night. Less formal traditions may not have official Good Friday services but may find other ways to present the story of the passion of Jesus. I...Read more +
Apr 7, 2014

Ruby Bridges

In 1960, a six-year-old named Ruby Bridges integrated New Orleans' public schools. Every morning, through screaming crowds, federal marshals escorted little Ruby to a school now boycotted by whites. Every day, Ruby sat in a classroom—alone except for the teacher. Ruby’s father was fired, and her grandparents were forced to...Read more +