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The End of the VWM

I’ve been thinking about this space for a long time, wondering what to do with it now that everything has changed so much. This little corner of the internet was built around a life I no longer live; a career I no longer have, a marriage I’m no longer in, and a family that looks…

Grateful

I’ve shared my heartbreak on social media, but I realize I haven’t posted anything on the blog in quite a long time, so for those of you who only hear from me when a new blog post pops up in your inbox, this may be the first time you’re hearing the terrible news that my…

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…

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…

A Missionary’s Position on 50 Shades of Grey

For the record, yes, I read the book and, yes, I watched the movie. And before we get into my review of them both, I want to offer you this tidbit of advice from the bottom of my crooked little heart — For the love of God, if you haven’t already subjected yourself to either of these atrocities,…

50 Shades of.. OMG ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS?!

The story got everyone talking and the sex scenes got everyone tingling, and then, to the horror of English lit majors and book publishers everywhere, E.L. James lusty novel, 50 Shades of Grey, spread across the nation like a literary strain of herpes. I read the whole book. I sat through the whole movie. I survived the 50 Shades…

Not exactly “Newsworthy”, but here we are…

I keep hearing that podcasts are the new blog, so I guess it’s a good thing Luke Norsworthy was kind enough to have me on his podcast, Newsworthy with Norsworthy.   You should not listen to it. I promise. Instead, you should go over to Luke’s site and pick out a different interview, like this one…

Because Sharing is Caring, Vol. 203

The internet can be a cesspool of ardent opinion, gossip mongering, unrestrained certainty, and condescending correction. Or it can be awesome. Sometimes between scrolling through raging Twitter battles and rolling my eyes at Facebook comment threads, I actually come across something useful, or funny, or good. When this happens, I feel a deep sense of…