Aug 06 2014

A hip, hop, the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop

My beloved spouse, the talented, handsome, and recent wielder of pink-toilet destroying sledge hammers, Josh Hammond, has tagged me in a blog hop. I have finished and submitted my book manuscript, and am currently procrastinating on my Sunday sermon (it’s Wednesday, people), so it is time to submit my responses. Josh’s participation in this blog …

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May 24 2014

Somehow they learn things

I’ve been feeling guilty lately. We haven’t played any of the games in Fiona’s math sack for school in weeks. I’ve given up even fudging the sheet she turns in each Friday, spreading out the three games we’ve played before school on the last day to make it look like we’ve been playing all week. …

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May 03 2014

The seamless garment of life

Chicago’s own Joseph Cardinal Bernadin, in a 1983 lecture at Fordham University, coined the phrase a “seamless garment of life” to describe the Catholic Church’s approach to ethics: the church had been known for its opposition to abortion, but being “pro-life” was about so much more than that, Bernadin reminded believers. A consistent ethic of …

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Apr 18 2014

What’s fair?

A meditation for Good Friday on three readings: I. Again the story is told Pilate, Pilate, wash your hands, Cry, “What is truth?” again. None asks or cares, these wiser days, Nor fears so small a stain. Peter, Peter, save your skin, Then futile, weep your shame. No one will notice. After all We have …

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Apr 15 2014

Ten on Tuesday: Holy Week Edition

  1) Calliope was home sick today. It’s Holy Week. I felt more sick than she did, but no one calls my mom if I show up at work with symptoms, so it was probably for the best that I had an excuse to lie low. We sat on the couch and watched two movies, …

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Apr 01 2014

If what we really want is to prevent teenage pregnancy…

As you may be aware if you know me in real life and have talked to me for any length of time in the past year, I am working on a book about love, sexuality and faith for Abingdon Press. I am absolutely, over the moon, excited about this, but it’s also the most intimidating …

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Mar 27 2014

The things

The last weeks (month? months?) have been ridiculous in these here parts. Work is busy and exciting and fun and frustrating and hard.  I have been attending to a lot of deaths lately, which, as you can imagine, is not exactly what I anticipated when I left a church and started working with college students. …

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Mar 10 2014

On temptation and desire

I’ve been working on my next book in every free moment — reading sexual ethics, surveying young people about their sex lives, trying not to alienate my spouse and family by telling a lot of personal stories. But I preached this weekend, on the first Sunday of Lent. I love Lent — I love mining …

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Feb 01 2014

Eleanor and Park

Here’s how good Rainbow Rowell’s young adult novel Eleanor and Park is:   *  I read lines aloud to Josh, even though he just read it last week. * I bring it into the bathroom with me before I climb into the shower. * I think about how it manages to convey class, race and gender issues …

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Dec 28 2013

The Apple Tree Experiences Guilt

One of the critical and ongoing lessons of parenting — and, more generally, of living in the world — is that we are not our children, and they are not us.  Other people have consciousnesses, and personalities, and experiences all their own.  We share things, but we are not the same. Learning this is a …

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