Revival of a Skeptic

How did I become skeptical of revivals? From attending many of them. I grew up in churches that offered week-long revival services. One particularly memorable revival featured a preacher who spoke every night about Christ’s second coming, frightening me with images of hell and being left behind if Christ should happen to return at a moment when I was screwing up. I went to the altar at the end of the services to confess my sins “just in case.” At my evangelical Christian college, students were required to attend revival services every semester. During one of our chapel services in … Continue reading Revival of a Skeptic

To Don: Goodbye and Thank You

In 1996, Seinfeld aired an episode called “The Fatigues.” (Has it really been that long ago?!?) The episode featured Jerry dating a woman who spoke well and often of her mentor. Jerry and his friends, a collection of self-centered individualists, were puzzled by the mentor/protégé relationship. “What’s in it for the mentor?” asked his friend, George. In a mentor, we find someone whose wisdom, knowledge, and experience helps us to grow. Sometimes, mentoring programs are formal. The pastoral training program in which I’m currently enrolled will eventually require me to have a mentor on record. There are objectives to achieve, … Continue reading To Don: Goodbye and Thank You

Solving Mass Shootings: Disagreement is A Good Thing

Last week, I walked into my daughter’s school to pick her up from her Brownies troop meeting. As I walked down the halls, I kept thinking about the elementary school in Sandy Hook where a young man carried in 4 guns, killing 20 children and 6 adults. That school probably looked a lot like this one, I thought. A colorful bulletin board urging students to “Imagine. Believe. Achieve.” Little boots lined up next to lockers. Crayon self-portraits neatly displayed. It could happen here played over and over in my mind. A generous dose of denial – “it will never happen in my community” – isn’t … Continue reading Solving Mass Shootings: Disagreement is A Good Thing

Mom’s Secret Weapon for the Picky Eater: Pizza Dough | 5 Recipes

Last week on Foodie Friday, I shared my recipe for homemade pizza dough. I have discovered that my kids are much more inclined to try new foods if pizza dough is somehow involved. Here are five of my most favorite ideas. (Some of these recipes call for store-bought dough, but I recommend you save yourself some money and make one from scratch.) Stromboli My 6-year-old won’t eat a ham sandwich, but tell him you’re making stromboli for dinner and he will think he’s having a great treat! Preheat oven to 400°. Coat two 13″ x 18″ baking sheets with cooking … Continue reading Mom’s Secret Weapon for the Picky Eater: Pizza Dough | 5 Recipes

Why Memorize Scripture? – The Thursday Think Tank

Earlier this week, I talked about a strategy for memorizing Scripture. Growing up, my family went to church several times per week. Studying and memorizing Scripture was highly valued in our faith community. As a teenager and young adult, I made a conscious decision to embrace the faith I had seen in my parents and other role models. Thus, the tradition of studying and memorizing Scripture became important to me personally. I have a friend who describes herself as “non-religious.” After seeing my earlier post, she asked a great question: What is the point of memorizing Scripture? As a kid … Continue reading Why Memorize Scripture? – The Thursday Think Tank