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I’m doing WHAT with WHO?!

As I write this, I’m sitting on a plane headed to Seattle, where I’ll catch another plane to Amsterdam, where I’ll catch another plane to Rwanda, where I’ll catch one last flight which will, mercifully, bring me to my final destination. Assuming none of these planes explodes in a fireball or crashes into the sea,…

Divorce, Death, and Resurrection

…I’m getting divorced. So, there it is. Now you know. It has taken me awhile to figure out how to share this very personal news with you. In fact, I’ve already been separated for nearly a year, and I’ve debated not saying anything at all, just letting the fact that I was married for decades…

My Grandma Was An Artist

Growing up, few things made me feel cooler than telling people, “My Grandma is an artist.” Her framed paintings still hang on the walls of my childhood home like windows that only open onto stormy seas and quiet pastures, telling stories of tall ships and old barns, and of meadows, and deserts, and ponds, and all…

Censoring the Very Worst Missionary: A How To Guide

Several concerned citizens have come forward to lament the use of…uh…let’s just say the coarse language in my book, The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever.  Not because they have any kind of personal objection to my willingness to use all the words available. Nope, they’re upset because they feel I have an important message to share about…

Getting from Pen to Published

YOU GUYS… After eight years of blogging (and a solid couple years of book writing), last week I watched in utter disbelief as my profanity-laced, progressive-Christian, anti-establishment, niche-as-fuck, spiritual memoir became a #1 Best Seller in Christian Theology and spiked at #65 out of all the books on Amazon. ALL THE BOOKS! Naturally, when The…

I Blame You

I never meant to be a writer. In fact, I became a writer quite unexpectedly in my thirties, and for a long time I couldn’t even say it out loud. It just felt so icky and self-important to have a job title that implies you have something significant to say and that somebody out there…

The Church of All Cynics

As I have traveled all over the world, I’ve met pastors, elders, administrators, missionaries, professors, students, and everyone in between, who are dying to spill their guts in frustration over their churches or The Church, or both. Usually both. They suspect their churches may have grown over programmed and under challenged. They’re annoyed with the music,…

Hello again.

Hi. So showing up here after more than a year feels a little like walking over dead grass in summer and wondering if it will come back to life when the dry season is over. Was the death of this blog just a seasonal quieting down? I guess we’re about to find out. I never…

40 is NOT the new 30

Forty is not the new 30. Shut up, liars. 40 is 40. I know this because I AM FORTY. Last week, I turned 40 entirely against my will. I couldn’t stop it, or avoid it, or ignore it, or bribe it to go away. 40 came at me like the Grim Reaper on a bullet…

Actually, I can judge you.

It seems like everybody is always calling everybody else out for being judgmental, and it makes me feel so cringey, because I really think a world without judgement would suck. It would SUCK. I am dead serious. Let’s just be honest – I’m totally judging you right now.  I’m forming all kinds of opinions about you based on…

Bless this Hizzy fo Shizzy; My new office interior on a dime.

Remember how El Chupacabra built me my very own office out of sweat and blood and a shed kit from Costco?  Me, too. In fact, I’m sitting in it right now – basking in the glory of a perfectly silent space that is all my own. And I’ve gotta say, it’s a big improvement over…

What if Mother Teresa hated her thighs?

So, I recently posted this to my Facebook page: I saw it in a friend’s Instagram feed and I had to share it because it’s so funny and true, right?! But as the likes rolled in and the shares stack up, I started to wonder if it was actually true. I mean, did Mother Teresa…

How to Build an Affordable Shed-Office in 18 Easy… Months.

Whenever the subject of pregnancy, labor, and delivery comes up, my husband likes to say, “It was a piece of cake!” He loves this joke. He thinks it’s funny. Get it??? Because I did all the work. I put in the months of carrying, I gave up the sweat, blood, and tears, and I felt…

When the Very Best Missionary isn’t a Missionary at all…

This post contains sponsored links.You know when you see a movie and you sort of like it, but you’re also kind of bothered by it, so you can’t stop thinking about it? Yeah. NOBLE is doing that to me. NOBLE tells the true story of non-pofit founder, Christina Noble, and how her impoverished childhood, stolen…

Giving Life to Life-Giving Work

Friends, I try to share things with you here that I believe are life-giving in some way. I post links to funny things and creative things and spiritual things, things that remind us we’re connected to each other, things that make us feel like we’re not crazy, things that bring freedom and grace and wholeness,…

Let us Pray.

Ok. I know I have this whole missionary thing going on, and I’m married to a pastor, and I sincerely love Jesus, but, despite all that, somehow I found myself living a life without prayer. I mean, I still pray occasionally, like before dinner when we have company, but lately it hasn’t been often, and…