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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Promises, Promises: Whoever Believes Numbers 21:4-9 Lena Paahlsson’s wedding ring was designed especially for her.  It was a white-gold band, set with seven small diamonds, and, as most wedding rings are, full of sentimental value in addition to being very pretty.  Paahlsson lost her ring, though, in 1995, one day when she and her daughters were doing some Christmas baking in the kitchen.  It seems she took the ring off her hand… Read More

It has been a long time since I’ve gotten an email like this one.   A few thoughts: 1.  I wasn’t going to teach Baptist Polity this fall.  Too much to do.  I think I might reconsider.  Geez.  Some days I feel surrounded by misperceptions about what it means to be Baptist.  By Baptists. 2.  There are way more important things about Calvary and about me, actually, than my gender.  At least I… Read More

Promises, Promises: I Will Be Your God Genesis 20:1-17 In 2003, Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from his seat on the Alabama Supreme Court.  The judicial ethics panel voted unanimously to remove Chief Justice Moore from his seat because he had refused repeated orders to move a 2.6 ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments from the state Supreme Court building. Moorefelt that the monument of the Ten Commandments was an appropriate… Read More

  You are beautiful.  Gorgeous, actually.  I’m not saying that just because I’m your mother.  Ignore any messages that suggest otherwise. Don’t listen to the voices who tell you you can’t do it.  You can. You are surrounded by amazing women.  Be like them. Follow your heart; it will always lead you home.  Sounds hokey but it’s largely true. Call your Mom a lot.

Zero Circle by: Rumi (Version by Coleman Barks) Be helpless, dumbfounded, Unable to say yes or no. Then a stretcher will come from grace   to gather us up. We are too dull-eyed to see that beauty. If we say we can, we’re lying. If we say No, we don’t see it, That No will behead us And shut tight our window onto spirit. So let us rather not be sure of anything,… Read More

Promises, Promises: Father of a Nation Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Some of you know that I recently moved.  On one of the many days of cleaning out things I’d stored for later but hadn’t looked at in years, I came across a well-worn piece of paper that was a list of all the possible names under consideration for my first child.  When I started the list almost twenty years ago, I knew that… Read More