Our Faith

This Is Not a Penguin 

This Is Not a Penguin 

This is not a penguin. It’s a duck. And no amount of arguing can get my seven-year-old to say otherwise. There’s that old adage, “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, swims like a duck…” This little guy has feathers, waddles, and he’s an aquatic bird. But he’s not a duck. And if […]

We shall overcome…when?

We shall overcome…when?

Last Sunday during worship, in honor of the Charleston shooting victims, we sang the old spiritual: We shall overcome … someday. And I had to stop singing because I choked. This is not a rare occurrence. I frequently use up a tissue or three in worship. But usually it’s because I’m overwhelmed by the love […]

Proof of Faith

Proof of Faith

I haven’t blogged the last two weeks, because I was out of town. My family and I drove from Phoenix to Portland, OR, to visit my husband’s family. It was a really nice visit, but it was long, and I’m glad to be home now. While we were there, my husband had the opportunity to […]

Why I read the Bible out of order

Why I read the Bible out of order

I don’t know if anyone actually tries to read the Bible in order. I know I did when I was a kid. Because, y’know, that’s how books work, right? You begin at the beginning, and when you get to the end, stop, as the king said to the White Rabbit. But with the Bible, that […]

The Good Friday on which I truly mourned

The Good Friday on which I truly mourned

Good Friday is a difficult holiday. Like Yom Kippur, it’s not something one “celebrates.” It’s something one “observes.” Tenebrae services are somber, yet once they are over, it’s easy to go home and return to “normal” life. That day, and the day that follows, should be ones of solemn contemplation. Yet we get up and […]

Thinking About Easter

Thinking About Easter

Spring is my favorite season. I hate being cold. I would much rather be too hot than too cold. Oh, I know, I’ve heard all the arguments about how you can always put on more layers but you can only take so much, and I’ve heard the explanations of how pretty the snow is, and […]

What We Can Do About Poverty

What We Can Do About Poverty

During the Lenten season, we’ve had a series of Wednesday night courses at church. I took a course based on a DVD series produced by a nonprofit called Poverty Cure. This series spends little time looking at the causes of poverty and instead focuses on the conditions necessary for prosperity. As we watched this series, […]