It’s Okay to Laugh at God

I don’t know that I was explicitly told in Sunday School that what you said to God was “Yes, sir,” but nevertheless I got the message loud and clear. Good girls say “yes” when God calls. The faithful always answer, “Here am I. Send me.” Even if God says crazy things to you, if you […]

You Probably Remember Noah, Right?

When I was eight, I was in a musical about the ark. The children’s choir wore solid colored T-shirts all the colors of the rainbow. A junior high girl put on a robe and a beard and pretended to be Noah. The little ones were dressed up as animals and escorted up the ramp into […]

Everyone’s a Heretic Sometimes

I was introduced to the word heretic on the Christian blogosphere. Much like a child learning a curse word on the school bus, I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know exactly what it meant. I knew it was a thing Christians called other Christians: heretic. I knew I didn’t want to be called […]

This is How We Cry Out to God

This year I started seminary. It is exciting, and hard. Very often in my classes I hear something that blows either my mind or my heart right open. That is the exciting part. Tests are the hard part. Here, at my new monthly column “Seminary for Everybody,” we’ll do bites of the good stuff without […]

If the Yoke Ain’t Easy…

Everywhere I look there is work to be done. Everywhere. My kids’ school sends home fliers asking, always asking. For wipes, for Kleenex, for dry-erase markers, for paper. They need chaperones and cupcakes for the Valentine’s Day party. They need time and resources and they are doing good good work, and I want to help. […]