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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…

Last Days in the Desert

A long time ago, in a desert far, far away, I found myself standing in a half-circle with a handful of professional Christians on a film set in the middle of effing nowhere. I was invited there, along with a pile of smart people, for a sneak peek at a little indie art house production,…

Missionaries probably shouldn’t be jealous of a strippers. But sometimes they are.

I’m really looking forward to speaking the Love Made Claim annual fundraiser this Saturday, in Denver, CO. If you’re in the area, YOU SHOULD TOTALLY COME! (ticket info here) Anyway, I was sitting here preparing my talk, when I remembered this old post from back in the day, so I thought I’d throw it out there again, for old times sake. I…

How Going on Vacation Might be Better than Going on a Mission.

The other day someone asked if we have any big plans for this summer, and El Chupacabra and I looked at each other and smiled because we do have big plans for this summer. We have really big plans… WE’RE TAKING OUR FAMILY TO AFRICA! WHAT?! I KNOW!!!  I CAN’T BELIEVE IT EITHER!!! SQUEEEEE!!!!!!!! When we…

You Can Never Have Too Much Sofa

We bought our little house in California one million years ago, in 1997. And it’s a good thing, too, because that was the last year our oldest child was our only child, and it was also the last year we could ever have afforded to buy a little house in California. It’s a typical, boring,…

You can’t give what you don’t have.

The first time I flew on an airplane, I watched the safety demonstration like my life depended on it. As instructed, I checked that my seatbelt was properly secured, identified the nearest emergency exits, learned how to inflate the life-vest, and noted that my seat cushion doubled as a flotation device. I was keenly interested…

Jesus, save Christmas.

I promised myself I wasn’t going to be a total grinchhole about Christmas this year. I also promised I’d have the tree up before December 10th, get all the shopping done and gifts wrapped early, give beautiful plates of homemade goodies to all of my friends and neighbors, and not eat my weight in fudge.…

When we are all Priests and Levites.

On Friday, the world fell to its knees in sorrow as the media brought us the horrible aftermath of a coordinated, multi-site, terrorist attack on Paris. The outpouring of love and support was swift as status updates declared our collective heartbreak, Instagram became a sea of candle lit prayer and Eiffel tower peace signs, and…

Before you get that tattoo…

On my 40th birthday, I went totally crazy and got drunk and blacked out and woke up with a huge tattoo. RELAX. I’M JUST MESSING WITH YOU. I mean, I did get a tattoo on my birthday – but it wasn’t a surprise and I wasn’t drunk. …Unless you can get drunk on the Cracker…

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…

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…