I like to converse with strangers, though I'm out of practice after this long pandemic. The other day I discussed abortion after rape with a stranger. I put this account on Facebook and it got a lot of response, so I'll capture it here as well. On the airplane yesterday, my seat mate was a woman … [Read more...] about Conversation with a Stranger: Abortion After Rape?
Yesterday we said goodbye to our beloved kitty, Wrangler. I am once again a writer without a kitty. We adopted her in January 2012 -- her name was an homage to the Grand Canyon Mule Trip our family took in late 2011. I have almost always had a lap cat. (I paid tribute to Krystal here.) In the … [Read more...] about Writer Without Kitty Cat
Bread is so elemental! Issues about gluten aside, bread has long been regarded as the staff of life. Loaves of bread appear frequently in the Bible, from Jesus' first temptation to his last supper. One of the best known of Jesus' miracles is that he fed hungry crowds -- 5,000 people or more -- by … [Read more...] about Quotations about Bread — fodder for sermons on John 6:1-21
Here's how my review of "Christ and the Multiverse" by David Williams begins . . . . Can you recall the moment in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” when Lucy enters the wardrobe? She expects to touch the back wall so she goes “further in” and finds herself in a world called Narnia, where … [Read more...] about My Review of “Christ and the Multiverse” by David Williams
My work is featured at Let Her Speak! You can also find it at Instagram. … [Read more...] about Let Her Speak
In the past few days, a Baptist minister from Missouri, Stewart-Allen Clark, has garnered national attention. (A snippet from the viral video of the sermon is linked below.) He preaches specifically about the male gaze, telling women that they're responsible for what their husbands look at. … [Read more...] about Who’s Responsible for the Male Gaze?
I'm delighted to announce that I've been called to a new position as the Transitional Senior Pastor at The Palisades Community Church in Washington, DC. I will serve half-time through September, 2021. Join us for worship via Zoom! I'll be preaching online every Sunday morning (10:00 AM) and … [Read more...] about The Palisades Community Church
If you're coming over from listening to one of my recent podcasts, welcome, and thanks for stopping by! Please click around and see what speaks to your situation. There are more than a dozen podcasts to choose from, and a blog with lots of archives to search. If you're a victim or survivor … [Read more...] about Welcome!
Growing up as a Protestant, I learned to hold the Virgin Mary at arm's length, but over the years, I've come to adore her. Four years ago I wrote a piece for the Washington Post. At the time it made a bit of a fuss, largely because Breitbart was trending hard, and picked up on it as a ridiculous bit … [Read more...] about The Virgin Mary
A lively conversation between Meghan Tschanz and me covering sexual assault and the emotions victims and survivors often deal with, including anger and shame, the reality of purity culture, what Jesus says about these things, and why churches are prone to hiding predators. … [Read more...] about Interview at “Faith & Feminism” Podcast with Meghan Tschanz
This holiday season has the potential to be less than merry for many people. Social distancing is curtailing family gatherings and festivities, plus the recession has cut into budgets. So let me suggest a way we can brighten the season without spending anything. This is a perfect time to offer … [Read more...] about Covid Holiday Idea
It is so affirming to see my book on this Top 100 list from Publishers Weekly! Here's the press release from the publisher, IVP. Thank you for reading and engaging with the important topic of sexual abuse in faith communities. … [Read more...] about THE #METOO RECKONING named one of the 5 Best Religion Books of 2020 by Publishers Weekly!