Why Stay in the Church? (Here’s Why I thank God for Mine.) UPDATED

God has many that the church does not have, and the church has many that God does not have.  ~ Augustine   Even though it is totally embarrassing to be labeled an “evangelical” Christian today, mostly because of the politicization of organized religion and because there are so many crazies on the religious right.  (I know.  I’m…

The Stations of the Cross

In a couple of week I will be a part of The Stations of the Cross exhibit in Madison Wisconsin.  It is a collaborative effort among 15 artists and musicians to create a week-long art exhibition as an experience of the 14 stations of the Passion of Christ in the final days of his human life. This…

Lent: My Agenda or God’s?

I am looking to Lent as a way to make space. In our cluttered congested lives we have no space for God. Then we act almost indignant that he won’t speak (I’m talking to myself here.)  So often I have an agenda with God and even in the practicing of Lent.  I can’t hear what…

Perfect Practice (A poem about Lent)

Practicing lent sounds slick. My gift, heart-full-of-pride. My rituals, my restriction, my sacrifice. Then I throw out my arms, open-handed. Looking up, giving up. Let go, let up. Incarnate, the One who comes have me. I let go, practicing lent.

The End of the Story is the Beginning

The end of the Story is the Beginning, when things start. Life in abundance received. Without the Sacrifice I am nothing.  Left to myself I am wholly a mess. Trust broken, hearts wrought.  Fists clenched.  Empty all. Naked, ashamed.  Afraid to be known. The beginning of the story was precision, perfect peace. Equal before God and…

To Lent or not to Lent, that is the Question

After spending the evening watching the Grammys and tweeting my snarky thoughts, last night my dreams were in Tweet format.  Needless to say it was a long night. And when I woke this morning I was more than a little disturbed by it. I got to thinking about technology’s power in my life. Earlier this week, I…

Ordinary Time [a poem]

Mine is an ordinary life and it has taken me all my life to accept that idea. I thought, dreamily I was made for Big Things.  Contrary, it seems. I live ordinary days and ordinary nights. I’m a simple person really, but something inside me is constantly seeking more. That means, I am never satisfied. That means,…

Faith Transforms Me, Sometimes.

My motto these days is to do the next thing — what’s straight ahead of me.  In life, in faith, in parenting. The next home task, the next creative project, the next scriptural study challenge — I choose to do this because I don’t know what else to do.  So I do the next thing. …