Tag: faith

CS Lewis Doodles

For those of you embarking on a spiritual journey for Lent, I want to suggest a delightful YouTube channel you might enjoy, particularly if you appreciate the works of C.S. Lewis. I have no idea who’s behind the channel or what prompted this person to share essays and book excerpts from C.S. Lewis in doodle form, but I’m pleased as… Read more →

Signs of Life Day Seven

I had final interviews this afternoon for the piece I’m writing about death according to five major religions. I know what you’re thinking — JENNIE, You said Signs of LIFE, not Laments of DEATH. Please stop.  I hear you, I do. But it’s all connected, and that’s something I just can’t shake. This last conversation was the most helpful to me… Read more →

One foot at home, one foot in the Abbey

It has been terrifically challenging to fold back into day-to-day life after three days at the Abbey. I know – the math of that statement doesn’t make sense. Three whole days versus my entire life? Nonsensical. And yet, that’s how I feel. Each day has been a careful step into what I hope will be my new normal. Less noise,… Read more →

That’s baptized?

Baptism in the reformed tradition is a sacrament that publicly announces our belonging to God. Many, but not all, choose infant baptism as a means of acknowledging the promises of God and subsequently promising that our efforts as a church body will always direct the child to Christ. (For more on this, click here.) We are currently raising our boys in… Read more →

Time to get serious.

There is much to do in a short amount of time. Stories and short films to be written, Zoology to finish, miles to run. Closets to go through, things to donate, bathrooms to deep clean.  The basement is embarrassingly untidy and I’m nearly ready to prep the garden for planting. (As soon as Old Man Winter takes a hike…) And… Read more →

Repaying for Eve’s transgression

The Lent reading continues. From How I Changed My Mind About Women in Leadership: The story of the temptation in the garden of Eden was interpreted to us as evidence that Eve was weaker and more vulnerable to temptation than Adam. What precipitated her mistake, we were told, is that she stepped out from under the protective umbrella of her… Read more →

Inspire me.

We all know how addictive Pinterest can be. Good gracious, I could waste a day clicking links, searching, reading, re-pinning. I force myself to take substantial breaks from Pinterest, even entire weeks away, just so I can come up with my own ideas instead of piggy-backing off of others. However, there is some really good advice out there and I… Read more →

On improving my flexibility

There is a double meaning in that headline, so hang on tight. I’m in the middle of a running sabbatical brought on by shin splints. I’ve never had shin splints before so I was hesitant to label my lower leg pain as such. But after consulting my chiropractor about it (and making sure nothing was fractured), she confirmed that it… Read more →

The Addition of Liturgy

If you’d asked me a year ago what “liturgy” meant, I couldn’t have answered you. I probably can’t even eloquently answer you now, but I’m a work-in-progress, so cut me some slack. We didn’t “do liturgy” on a regular basis in the last three Baptist churches where I attended. One of the things that turned me on to our current… Read more →

I needed to hear this.

Mind a little mid-morning theology? I just finished A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans. Wowzers. Here’s the best cut of the meat: The Bible isn’t an answer book. It isn’t a self-help manual. It isn’t a flat, perspicuous list of rules and regulations that we can interpret objectively and apply unilaterally to our lives. The Bible is… Read more →

Neat and tidy religion

“Things stopped fitting into the neat and tidy categories of right and wrong, good and evil. Black and white slowly bled to gray.” (Evolving in Monkey Town, pg. 109) We joined the church about which we were inquiring, and in the past several months I’ve been approaching theology in a new way. Now that I think of it, that statement… Read more →

A Humble Prayer

Dear God, I saw the fall decor outside at Kroger today. You know how I love it. All of those pumpkins and mums and haystacks. Every September I have this problem, and here we are all over again. There I was with grocery money in hand and instead of going straight to the milk and soy creamer I considered buying… Read more →


We’ve been going to a new church for a little more than a month now, and by new I mean new in several ways. It’s the first church we’ve attended on a regular basis since moving back to east Tennessee last spring and it’s a denomination with which neither Chuck nor I have experience. Because it’s all new, we’re attending… Read more →

A Rude Awakening

Indulge me for a second, because I had one of those moments that stops you in your tracks. We were driving home from running errands and the boys were asking (for the gazillionth time) about buying something or playing something or doing something that required permission. I was over it. So from the front seat I yelled, “Do you guys… Read more →

A Conversation with Jeremy, age 3

Jeremy: Where’s God? Me: You tell me. J: In heaven. Me: Where’s heaven? J: In the sky. What He doing? Me: He’s keeping watch over us. J: He in the sky with Jesus? Me: Well, yes. But Jesus also lives in your heart. J: (holds his hand to his chest…) Yeah. I wanna go to heaven. Me: Someday you will.… Read more →

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