As I updated my Linked In profile today, it felt like I was writing an early draft of my obituary. Perhaps the difference between the two documents lies mainly in timing. A LinkedIn profile covers work in progress. An obituary doesn't show up until our work is done. Since LinkedIn is a … [Read more...] about Your LinkedIn Profile: An Obituary in Progress?
One of our recent Air Bnb guests, a physical trainer, went for a run wearing his CrossFit T-shirt. He met one of my neighbors, who happens to be a celebrity in CrossFit Games. Telling me about this encounter, our guest couldn't stop grinning. He had found his people. I have lived in this … [Read more...] about Identifiers
The Pentecost story is so familiar that I picture it easily. But I've just come to realize that I've been wrong about a detail. I'm wondering if that detail matters. Acts 2:1-21. The Pentecost story takes place on a feast day roughly ten days after Jesus ascended to heaven. As I've always pictured … [Read more...] about Pentecost: a Question about the Crowd
I’m a woman who's spent a good portion of my career occupying pulpits. In some circles a preaching woman is seen as a problem. Now comes a book that normalizes my life: "There's a Woman in the Pulpit." What a gift! I’ve always wanted to feel normal. That's why I was so happy to contribute to this … [Read more...] about There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, a biased book review
Hospitality is important to me. I grew up in a home where it was common to have guests for dinner, even though we were a family of seven without a formal dining room. Simply getting everyone around the table could be a squeeze, but I don't remember a person ever complaining. We were happy to sit … [Read more...] about Superhost!
Every institution needs an interested but detached observer. Today (Nov 7) the Presbyterian Outlook, which is that eye upon the PCUSA, published a story titled Investigation finds four PCUSA employees committed ethics violations. I encourage you to read the article in full. Kudos to Leslie Scanlon … [Read more...] about 1001 Worshipping Communities: Missteps
October 14, 2014 is my 24th Anniversary of Ordination to the Ministry of Word & Sacrament. What a privilege to live this life! For the past three years I haven't been serving a church full time, and so I have a bit of distance from my vocation. More than ever, I love rubbing elbows with other … [Read more...] about In Celebration of Clergywomen
Visual images are powerful. We are surrounded by images used to influence our behavior as consumers. What is the role of the church in using images? I wrote an article for Reformed Worship about using visuals in church. I see the connection between computer icons and iconography. I've also blogged … [Read more...] about Screens in Church?
I'm a Presbyterian pastor who often talks about hospitality. Last spring my husband and I took the practice of hospitality to a new level when we became Air Bnb hosts. Many people are curious about the experience of hosting. Why would we want to open up our home to complete strangers? I'll readily … [Read more...] about Hospitality: What the Church Can Learn from Air Bnb
Here's the full text of what the PCUSA just passed at the 221st General Assembly. Don't miss #7. You're welcome to comment, as long as you disclose your identity. I delete anonymous comments. Click here for some of my own thoughts on the subject. The PC(USA) has a long standing commitment to … [Read more...] about What the PCUSA actually said about Divestment in the Middle East, 2014
The 221st General Assembly of the PCUSA is meeting this week in Detroit. There are many important and fascinating topics they will discuss, debate, and vote on. Among them is Divestment, or whether or not the denomination should divest from American companies that create products used in the … [Read more...] about Apartheid. Boycott. Conflict. Divest.
Are you preaching on John 20:19-31 this Sunday? Easter is over and Jesus is wandering about in a state of immateriality. In John 20, Jesus drifts through closed doors and astounds the disciples. Then -- as if to hammer home the point that he's really alive and breathing -- he exhales on them. It's … [Read more...] about John 20:19-31, Scenes & Questions