My memoir, RUINED, was named Book of the Year 2017 by Christianity Today Women. … [Read more...] about Book of the Year 2017 by Christianity Today Women
So honored to share news of an award from the Associated Church Press! My August 2018 cover story for The Christian Century, Women of the Bible Say #MeToo, received an Award of Excellence (gold) in the category of "Bible Resource." Last year I received two awards from ACP, both in the … [Read more...] about Award of Excellence from ACP 2018
I had no idea that either of my essays had been submitted for an ACP award. I'm grateful to Christian Century for submitting A Pastor's MeToo Story and to Sojourners for submitting Skin in the Game. Both publications received many awards and I am honored to be among them. Here's the link to the full … [Read more...] about Award of Merit & Honorable Mention from ACP 2017
There are times when I feel sorry for myself. You too? I hate having the particular story I have. I hate that I spent years writing it down. Why did I go through all that agony? Then I get a letter like this one, and my self-pity washes away, like sidewalk chalk after a rain. What's left behind are … [Read more...] about Why I’m Glad I Wrote a Rape Memoir
Almost two months have passed since my Op-Ed appeared in "Acts of Faith" at the Washington Post, and conservative media vilified me for it. I wrote up an account of what happened and sent it to my subscribers. But as Breitbart continues to be a cultural force, and "truth" continues to be at issue, … [Read more...] about My Recent Adventures in the Public Sphere
I picked a fight with my husband on Sunday. We were in the car, driving somewhere we’d never been before, a situation that makes easy pickings for a fight. Wrong turns. Missed exits. A married fight is hardly news, but for us it’s not typical. My own angry words exhausted me. For days I was out … [Read more...] about Fighting with Evil: Road Edition
While I waited for my hair appointment, I chatted with two women over the magazines. They mentioned they were sisters, so I said, "How nice to make your hair a family affair." "It is nice, but it's not for a nice reason. Our mother died the other day." I felt surprised at this, and glanced at … [Read more...] about A Conversation with Strangers at the Hair Salon
When I was in seminary I was taught: Small churches are tough. You can't beat them to death with a stick! I believed that truism, and repeated it to others. Now I have fresh experience that allows me to see the backside of that truism, which is also true: Small churches are fragile. So far in my … [Read more...] about The Body of Christ is Both Tough & Fragile
For the last few Sundays I've filled the pulpit for a small church that has lost its critical mass. Attendance has dwindled to a faithful few, all of whom are running out of energy. Not a happy situation. Still, when I enter the church building, I feel a sense of welcome and warmth from the folks … [Read more...] about A Peculiar Energy, Even as the Congregation Dies
I was walking through an unfamiliar residential neighborhood to get some exercise, going at a good clip when I was brought to a sudden halt because the sidewalk disappeared. A certain establishment had not installed sidewalks along its considerable property line. The name of the establishment? … [Read more...] about Signs vs. Sidewalk: Which Speaks Louder?
I submit that there are two kinds of ministers: ministers who've been hurt by the church, and ministers who haven't been hurt by the church, yet. I suppose you could apply this bifurcation to any group of persons. There are two kinds of spouses: those who have disappointed their mate, and those … [Read more...] about Two Kinds of Ministers
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!