My Lenten Confessional: Day 7

Dear God: The 3rd commandment says to not misuse your name. And yet I do. Though I don’t use “Oh my God” as a exclamation, I use “Good Lord” that way, I’ve just realized now. Forgive me for that. But I suspect this is the least of my errors when…

Breadwinner wives

About a year ago, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg published what would quickly become a bestselling book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. She encouraged women to “lean in” to their careers, rather than holding back. To take their place at the table. About that same time, several…

Raised In A Christian Cult

If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic caused by drivers slowing down to get a glimpse of the accident scene, you know we humans are a nosy bunch. So it’s no surprise that readers have devoured a steady stream of recent memoirs penned by people who grew up in abusive,…

My Lenten Confessional: Day 6

Dear God: Today I confess breaking Commandment #2: worshipping “graven images.” Though this one is tricky. It’d be easier if I were the sort of Presbyterian who will not have pictures of Jesus for fear of breaking this commandment. Not that my home is overrun with pictures of you, Jesus.…
Spring cleaning for the soul

Spring cleaning for the soul

Today’s warm weather (and the threat of more snow later this week) got me thinking about spring cleaning. Does anyone do that anymore? I need to, of course–in the house, in the backyard, where the snow is morphing into mud. But what would it look like to do a bit…
Why Ending the R-Word Isn’t Enough

Why Ending the R-Word Isn’t Enough

Spread the attitude to change the attitude A few weeks ago, Jerry Seinfeld appeared on The Tonight Show. His five-minute comedy set included a joke comparing inept postal workers to the "mentally handicapped." (See Mark Leach's gracious post about this incident for more information and analysis of it.) Seinfeld didn't…

Review: Jesus Feminist

One of the benefits of being a Patheos blogger is the opportunity to participate in a book club-themed conversation about a particular book during a certain two-week or so time period. It’s interesting to get a lot of different perspectives from a variety of good thinkers on an author’s work.…

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