Christian reflections · Family life

Faith, Frugality, and Feasting * 10 Minute Devotional

I’m a pretty frugal person. It probably started when I was born in Wisconsin, a state where thou-shalt-live-humbly. Everyone drives Toyotas and Fords and Subarus. Millionaires live in log cabins. As an elementary schooler I literally didn’t know people could buy clothes from the front of the store. I thought those were just for show, since everyone I knew always headed straight…… Continue reading Faith, Frugality, and Feasting * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections · Family life · Lists

How to Explain Good Friday to a Preschooler, and Other Things Seminary Never Taught Me

Good Friday is this Friday, April 14. Good Friday is all about the death of Jesus. The horrific, bloody death of Jesus. This day is one of cornerstones of the Christian faith. It’s important. Essential, even. I want my kids to have a grasp of it from their earliest days. To have heard about the…… Continue reading How to Explain Good Friday to a Preschooler, and Other Things Seminary Never Taught Me

Lists · women

5 Good Reads for Holy Week

Looking for some food for thought this Holy Week? Check out these five good reads. (And don’t look now, but these are all written by women. Brilliant, theologically minded women. Pretty sure Jesus is smiling about that one.) Fleming Rutledge’s “Redeemed by Death and Resurrection,” an excerpt from her book, The Crucifixion. “A declaration of amnesty…… Continue reading 5 Good Reads for Holy Week

Christian reflections · Family life

So You Want to Give Something Up for Lent?

I embraced Lenten discipline over a decade ago. I don’t love it (see this previous post for that diatribe), but I do it because I need it. My heart and soul need it. My life of discipleship needs it. Yet every year a few days before Ash Wednesday, I have a bit of a freak out. It…… Continue reading So You Want to Give Something Up for Lent?

Christian reflections · Lists

10 Gifs That Perfectly Sum Up Being a Pastor

As told with a little help from the brilliant 1996 movie That Thing You Do… When you first announce you’re headed to seminary, your friends are like, “Well, if you want to make a lot of money, you probably shouldn’t be a pastor.” 2. You spend your seminary years in a library and you’re all: 3. Then…… Continue reading 10 Gifs That Perfectly Sum Up Being a Pastor

Christian reflections

Death, Good Friday, and All the Feels

I spent time as a hospital chaplain-in-training while in seminary, and I was blessed with this incredibly thoughtful supervisor named Eileen. She served as a chaplain for decades, and had an unsettling amount of wisdom, strength, and gravitas for someone who wore flared skirts and flowered cardigans. During our weekly supervisory meetings I would inevitably start crying…… Continue reading Death, Good Friday, and All the Feels