Category: Church

Jesus Cried

Or everything I wish adults knew I teach to children One incredibly hard day at the children’s hospital when I was a chaplain intern, I was with a family who had just lost two children. The remaining child would start to cry and his father would tell him that superheroes didn’t cry. They were a Christian family so in a… Read more →

Dear Church, Love Loudly

This last week has been a hard one in ministry. It’s hard because I know good people who have voted in very different ways. And I know good people who are frightened – frightened for their rights, for their home, for their safety, for their acceptance in the place they call home. Organizations that track hate crimes say that the… Read more →

You’ve Been Nominated for… CPE!

  My husband recently finished a summer unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) which is a group of pastors and chaplains with a supervisor coming together to learn about pastoral care, write verbatims, and work through issues of their family of origin, conflict resolution styles, emotional processing, etc. Generally working through their own ‘Stuff’ so as not to get in… Read more →

Take a Chance

I felt inclined to share this sermon with y’all and was impressed with my newfound ability to imbed the audio file.   Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. 3 He… Read more →

To Sound Like Her

 My sister looks like my mom but nobody says that I look like her, But when I was younger and finally brave enough to answer the phone, they told me I sounded like her She became a pastor and we pastor’s kids by default, they asked me if I was going to grow up to follow my mom, I told them… Read more →

Just Thomas

My sister and I asked a lot of questions when we were kids. My parents handled it pretty well. My twin sister even had a whole series of picture books that answered questions – such as “Why is the sky blue?” Other adults in our lives were not as accommodating. We had a friend of the family who when we… Read more →

Reluctant Prophets

I had blogged through grad school and during my year at the children’s hospital. I enjoyed it, and it was a good way to process what I was seeing and dealing with and to occasionally remind people how mortal we are when the realization got too big for me to hold on my own. In some ways it was simple… Read more →