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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

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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

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Why Daylight Savings Time is Every Parent’s Nightmare

Daylight Savings Time surprises me biannually with its awfulness. Pre-kid, DST is annoying. You have an extra cup of coffee or try to go to bed a little earlier. Post-kid? DST is the kind of thing for which Dante needs to invent another circle of H-E-double-hockey-sticks in his Inferno. If you, like me, are muttering…… Continue reading Why Daylight Savings Time is Every Parent’s Nightmare

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10 Valentine’s Days You Might Remember

For a commercialized, silly holiday, it can still pack a big emotional punch. How many of these Valentine’s Days have you had? 1. The Valentine’s Day everyone is dating except you No, I’m totally fine. I’ll just watch four hours of Law & Order and eat a whole can of Betty Crocker frosting. It’s just as fun as having…… Continue reading 10 Valentine’s Days You Might Remember

Christian reflections · Family life

The Ache of Marriage

Denise Levertov wrote a poem called “The Ache of Marriage.” When I studied it in college I wanted to throw it in the garbage. Marriage achy? Pfffft. Another example of a poet writing silly nonsense. Then I got married. That Levertov? She knew some things. Daryl finished his PhD this September. In many ways, his dissertation became a third…… Continue reading The Ache of Marriage