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Advent Church: Celebrating St. Nicholas

On December 6th when my anxious nature woke me early, demanding I scrub the bathroom, order my nieces and nephews their presents from Amazon, and address my Christmas cards, I rebelled. Instead, I let my kids dress themselves in sweats, put some coffee in the pot, and opened the front door to a few friends and their ...

When pastors fail

  I’m not new to stories of pastors who fail massively, publicly, sexually. Those of us who have been in the church long enough know the pain of watching a leader we love crash into the void of sexual failure. Recently news reached me that another pastor, this time a childhood friend, had made a devastating ...

An Invitation to Make Vows, Imperfectly

    This past Sunday I was ordained an elder in my church. Though it’s the first time I’ve mentioned it here, the process of becoming an elder has been a year in the making. I’ve been training and praying about this decision since last September. I could talk about what led me to this point: how ...

One Good Phrase: Leigh Kramer (Conversation is like…)

Leigh Kramer sees the world in a lovely way. I am always reading her posts and saying, "Oh, I never thought of it like that" and I'm so grateful for her voice. Also, we are TV watching kindreds, especially when it comes to shows I'm a little embarrassed to say I love. Welcome Hopefulleigh! So happy to have you ...

Introducing Hill Country Hill Tribers (And a giveaway for Mother’s Day!)

I'm so excited to have Jessica Goudeau here today sharing about one of my favorite organizations (and Etsy shops!) around. Half of the Christmas presents I gave this past year came from the women of Hill Country Hill Tribers. And I'm thrilled to let Jessica share with you about their story, just in time for Mother's Day. ...

St. Nicholas Day: Santa, Mystery and Small Family Ritual

Friends, I'm going to ask you to jump over with me to another site again today. (This is just one of those lucky weeks for us!) Christine Gough has been hosting a guest series called: "Vision from the Frontlines: Voices, Experiences & Practices of Faith Development" and today, I'm  over there sharing about how our family ...

Some Spiritual Influences: A Thankful Tuesday Thanksgiving Post

There was Linda who spoke Jesus with her voice and with the way she stood beside us on the playground. How she whispered words of salvation and forgiveness and life. How she spoke a language saved for seven-year-olds. Then Alan and those years when he was always present, always aware. There were the conversations: The ...