Read my conversation with Morgan Feddes, an editor at CCCU's Advance Magazine. If you came here from that interview, looking for your free copy of THE #METOO RECKONING, welcome! Who doesn't love a free book? Click here for the deal. … [Read more...] about CCCU Interview with Morgan Feddes
Do you have a small group that's looking for a meaty subject to dive into this fall? I have a special offer for you -- a quantity discount on my book, plus the chance to ask me questions about it. THE #METOO RECKONING takes on the problem of sexual abuse in churches -- specifically in mainline … [Read more...] about Special Offer!
I was a guest on Seth Price's podcast -- "Can I Say This at Church" -- last month. We had a lively discussion about the #MeToo movement and faith late one evening. The episode aired July 27, 2020. I hope you'll give it a listen and let me know what strikes you. You can also read the transcript … [Read more...] about Podcast — Can I Say This at Church? with Seth Price
The subtitle of Holy Disunity is "How What Separates Us Can Save Us." The words separate and save are not often paired. The author, Layton Williams, who is young and identifies as queer, begins her book with this sentence: "I have spent my entire life deeply loving people with whom I will never … [Read more...] about Holy Disunity, by Layton Williams, a book review
I reviewed Christy's Sims book "Survivor Care: What Religious Professionals Need to Know About Healing Trauma" for the Christian Century. Read the review here. You can order Survivor Care here. (an Amazon affiliate link.) … [Read more...] about Survivor Care: What Religious Professionals Need to Know About Healing Trauma, a book review
How do you nourish your creativity? It's an important question and too rarely asked. The transactional world has very little interest in our creativity. It's up to us to cultivate the part of us that longs to create something new, even if that something has very little utilitarian value. I'm … [Read more...] about “Happy Accidents” Thank you, Bob Ross!
Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump, by Angela Decker, a book review
If you want something readable and thought-provoking about how and why religiously-affiliated voters elected our divisive president, this is a book for you. The author, pastor and journalist Angela Denker, shows that while Trump supporters in collective mass have changed our political world, their … [Read more...] about Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump, by Angela Decker, a book review
I'm so thrilled to tell you about a new book of poetry by my good friend, Susan Baller-Shepard. The title is simply: DOE. Many of Susan's poems feature the nature world, which she loves, but they explore and reveal the human experience, from a uniquely female lens. Susan is a pastor and religion … [Read more...] about DOE, poems of innocence, atrocity, and other female concerns
If, like me, you read "Misty of Chincoteague" as a child, you may have a soft spot for the famous wild ponies who live on the barrier islands off the Virginia shore. This week, while I was on a clergy retreat in Ocean City, Maryland, I visited Assateague Island. The ponies were on my mind … [Read more...] about Ponies & Renewal
Eugene Peterson has gone to glory. He was an inspiration to me, like so many others. I loved his work on the Psalms of Ascent, "A Long Obedience." In 2010 I heard him speak at a Festival of Faith & Writing -- he inspired me to continue the pursuit of both pastoral work and ministry as two … [Read more...] about Inspired by Eugene Peterson
Barbara Melosh and I met at a week-long writing workshop hosted by Collegeville Institute (MN) in 2012. After that, she joined my writing group, making the commitment to drive all the way from Wilmington, DE to northern VA twice a month. I mention that because so many people think it's possible to … [Read more...] about Loving and Leaving a Church, by Barbara Melosh, a book review