If You Can’t Say Somethin’ Nice . . .

>Sometimes I wish God would just make me mute whenever I’m about to say something I shouldn’t. I’d open my mouth to say the inappropriate thing that my brain convinces my mouth needs to be said and . . . silence. That would be heavenly! Or maybe, just as my mouth is beginning to form […]

In Oil Country

>One day, not all that long ago, I had been thinking about Adam and Eve and the Garden. I’d been thinking about creation from the start and what God might have strung together, initially, in orchestrating creation’s living song. In my mind and heart, I suppose the picture resembled something like the other world in […]

Baby Gap Without the Baby

>I hijack my sanity all the time. I try to stop. I sing a little louder as I wash my dishes. I whistle a “happier” tune to drown out the mental noise, but 10 minutes into it I wake up and realize that my mouth is puckered into a little circle but this whistling Dixie […]

A Letter From the Principal

>So I had a letter waiting for me in my mailbox when I got home from vacation last weekend. It was from the school principal. I had failed to respond to a letter I had received in November (okay, I purposely didn’t respond) and if I don’t follow through in the next 30 days, my […]

Gettin’ Hitched

>In December I decided to get my ordination papers. I’m legit. You can call me “Reverend.” Some may take issue with my status because I went to an online referral site/organization–American Fellowship Church–and therefore my status as a Reverend is “inferior” to some, but I didn’t do it to create a ruckus with those folks. […]

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Megachurch Minister Reveals His Homosexual Orientation

> Watch live streaming video from bishopjimswilley at livestream.com This video is a little long, but please take it all in. And then let us all know what you think. This is a major issue in the church today and one not to be ignored or dismissed. It’s important that we look at homosexuality within […]

The 7th Year Sabbath

“Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave, the beasts of the field may eat. In like manner you shall do with your vineyard and your olive […]

Community

>How would I do community if the organized church–Real Life, 1st Methodist, Grace Lutheran, Nampa 1st, ALL those places–ceased to exist? How would I go about gathering and finding a community if I could no longer rely on others to create it for me? I have wrestled with this question quite a bit for quite […]

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Present Focus

>I was talking to a friend of mine the other day that used the term “focus” instead of “resolution” in reference to new year, new goals. I like that; so I borrow the term from her. Over the past couple of months I have been trying to be more present in my own life. I […]

Haiti and the Slow Crawl Out

>For quite a while now, my husband and I have been trying to “manage our debt” better, but until recently, we were simply man-ag-ing it. Only in the last couple of months have we really been serious about eliminating it. COMPLETELY! We don’t want to be slaves to anyone. Think, for a moment, what you […]

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