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New Favorite Childrens Books on Faith

New Favorite Childrens Books on Faith

I just started teaching kindergarten through second grade Sunday school, a longtime dream. It made me realize it’s been a while since I’ve done a roundup of children’s books to form young faith. There are several really exciting and creative titles out since my last...

Book Review: Bare Tree and Little Wind

Book Review: Bare Tree and Little Wind

As a progressive Christian parent, I struggle to find Lent and Easter books that can manage a story that is complex and nuanced in both a developmentally and theologically appropriate way. The story of death and resurrection needs to be handled in an developmentally...

Interview with author Heidi Haverkamp

Interview with author Heidi Haverkamp

I had long appreciated Rev. Heidi Haverkamp’s writing at the Christian Century but fell in love with her perspective on faith when she launched her newsletter Part Time Hermit. There was something about her reflections that appealed to my bookish, pastoral...

Book Review: Twas the Season of Advent

Book Review: Twas the Season of Advent

The older my children get the deeper we’ve tried to cultivate intentional practices around Advent. It’s a beautiful season to cultivate the Christian practice of waiting. Waiting on God, waiting on love’s light to enter in. This season grows more and more important as...

Spiritual Direction: An Update & Announcement

Spiritual Direction: An Update & Announcement

In the spring of 2020 I began the three year training process to receive my certification in Spiritual Direction through Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. I wanted to add some tools to my tool bag that would deepen my practice of...

When a Nap Won’t Fix It

When a Nap Won’t Fix It

Early in congregational ministry a dear friend and colleague had the chance to see the great preacher and teacher Fred Craddock speak. When asked about clergy fatigue by an audience member he responded “if you are tired in ministry, take a nap.” As we slogged our way...

Interview with Author and Activist Lindsey Krinks

Interview with Author and Activist Lindsey Krinks

Sometimes there’s a book that comes along and hits all your buttons as a reader, that was the case for me when I picked up Lindsey Krinks’s Praying with Our Feet: Pursuing Justice and Healing on the Streets. In the vein of Fr. Gregory Boyle’s Barking to the Choir,...

This Too Shall Pass, Because This Too Shall Last

This Too Shall Pass, Because This Too Shall Last

Over the weekend I had the honor of representing Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt Divinity School in the ordination of my newest colleague. As part of her ordination, she invited women clergy who had been a part of her journey to write a letter of encouragement...

The Long Work of Blooming

The Long Work of Blooming

Our family garden spanned the whole north side of our home nestled in a wooded acre of red clay land. My mom would wake my brother and I early in the morning in the heat of summer to go out a weed before the day grew hot and sticky, a rhythm she had adopted from her...

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